DPS CareerConnect brings together 100+ local businesses and 15+ colleges to help 6,000 students envision and pursue a personalized path to their professional aspirations.
“CareerConnect” is a series of programs accelerating students through Career Pathways and creating early career experience through community connections. The programs introduce students to career specific opportunities through field trips, mentor programs, internships, career training classes and even job placements!
Career Connect offers three programs for students:
CareerX-Taking 9th grade students to professional work places to see their classes in action. Focus is in Advanced Manufacturing and students get professional behind the scenes access to robotics and machinery.
CareerCoach-Year long mentoring program for 10th grade students in Engineering Pathway. Students work with engineers to develop skills, knowledge and ideas for their future after high school.
CareerLaunch-Opportunities for sophomores, juniors and seniors to gain critical experience through internships or jobs. Classes are offered to help adjust students to a professional workplace environment.
MakerConnect introduces students to the world of advanced manufacturing, construction, and the skilled trades that lead to a variety of high-opportunity college and career options. Students in MakerConnect study a variety of hands-on subjects, including welding, auto mechanics, construction and computer-aided design (CAD). Students also develop effective communication, problem-solving and leadership skills. They may also have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry certifications such as NIMS, OSHA 10-hour and SolidWorks (CWSA).
Prepares students for a wide variety of careers including but not limited to software engineers, robotics technicians, IT support,and web designers. Students may have the chance to receive college credit and industry certifications such as A+ certification.
Engineering Connect leverages nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum to provide rigorous, project-based classes designed to mold future problem solvers. Students from this program will have numerous opportunities for college credit while still in high school and may even have the chance to receive preferential admissions to various engineering programs at Colorado universities.