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Preparing Students for College and Career

Educators share five ways they're preparing DPS students for college and career.

Our educators are empowering our kids to forge their own futures. Here are five ways we’re preparing our kids for college and career.

  1. “To prepare all students for college and career, ACEConnect has partnered with Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Denver and Community College of Denver to provide the Transition to Higher Education course for 11th and 12th grade students with disabilities. The course helps our students with disabilities know what to expect when they have an IEP Transition Plan goal to enroll in a two-year, four-year or technical college certificate program after high school.” — Courtney Kallas, ACEConnect Transition Services
  2. “Our college transitions counselor, Sarah Thomas, is working with 41 graduates from the class of 2017 who are attending college on the Auraria Campus at the Community College of Denver, Metro State University and the University of Colorado Denver. She has helped students secure additional financial aid, meets with college advisors to get students into the right classes and meets individually with students to navigate life situations. Without Sarah, seven students have already said that they would not still be in college.” — Scott Wolf, North High School
  3. “We have a college door decorating contest that involves our students and faculty working collaboratively to decorate the best college-themed door and win a pizza party prize. Teachers are able to show their pride in their alma maters; students learn something new about their teachers and discover new postsecondary institutions; and the project helps expand student creativity in our arts-integrated middle and high schools.” — Madiha Shaheen, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  4. “We launched our Career Cafe series, bringing in speakers from the community to talk about their career paths. We’re doing career exploration lessons in the elementary and middle school, and we’re signing up for college trips that best fit the career interests of our students.” — Misty Schroeder, Marie L. Greenwood Academy
  5. “Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Night at CEC Early College is an amazing example of the community coming together to support students in their paths toward higher education. Numerous volunteers from Denver Scholarship Foundation and area colleges help our students and parents navigate the important financial aid process! Our goal is to help every student get financial aid to further their college and career goals.” — Hilary O’Kelly and Michele Stobbe, CEC Early College