Strengthening the Pipeline to Success through CareerConnect
Denver Public Schools has set out on an ambitious path to dramatically improve how we’re preparing students for college and career. By implementing a pipeline of Career and Technical Education pathways, now known as CareerConnnect, DPS is preparing our future leaders for the very jobs that are in highest demand in Denver – ensuring that we are strengthening our city and our students’ futures.
In April 2014, DPS was chosen as one of 24 organizations nationwide to receive a four-year grant to enhance career-focused pathways in STEM. In partnership with the City of Denver, the Office of Economic Development, two and four year colleges and universities, and corporate and industry partners, DPS has launched CareerConnect in eight high schools.
Our schools must do more to engage, prepare, and inspire college- and career-ready students, and our STEM programs must be better aligned to employer and post-secondary needs.
- According to the U.S. Department of Education, many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers – especially in the critically important fields of STEM.
- Colorado’s students are not adequately prepared for STEM occupations. Only 22 percent of 2009 high school graduates are on track to attain postsecondary credentials.
- Moreover, many of America’s international competitors offer students a more rigorous and relevant education in their middle and high school years.
Research shows that students engaged in a CareerConnect program have up a 30 percent greater likelihood of graduating high school than their counterparts.
What makes CareerConnect so successful?
A clear sight line to the future
CareerConnect students’ studies are tied at every step to the opportunities that will be available to them after graduation – whether it’s higher education and graduate work, or immediate employment and a successful career.
Real world applications
Pathways courses all involve work-based learning such as job shadowing, internships and site visits. These experiences continually expose students to applications for their learning and skills in industry and higher education.
Focused and engaged students
As a result, students enrolled in CareerConnect are far more likely to complete their studies and graduate from high school; and far more likely to become the future leaders we need to help Denver thrive.
Denver is leading the nation in this work, and creating a pipeline of talent specifically and strategically built to serve our city –
and our nation – now and in the future. There are many ways to participate in this exciting expansion of CareerConnect in DPS.
Corporate partnership options include financial support, in-kind support, and participation in job shadowing, mentorship, corporate volunteerism, career fairs and summer industry academies. Individual donations are also needed to purchase scientific equipment, supplies and computer equipment.
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