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CareerConnect In the News

Denver Public School Students Participating in CareerConnect Contributes to All-time High Graduation Rate

Denver, Colorado – Denver Public Schools has taken on an impressive goal: create the largest work-based learning program of any district in the country. Focused on providing students with access to relevant, project-based coursework, technical skills training and in-depth experiences in leading career areas, Denver Public Schools CareerConnect has developed a program that is working for both students and industry.

DPS CareerConnect launched in 2014 in partnership with the City of Denver, the Denver Office of Economic Development, two- and four-year colleges and universities, and business and industry partners. Supported by the JPMorgan Chase New Skills for Youth initiative beginning in 2016, the program offers rigorous industry-focused classes, hands-on work-based learning experiences, professional internships, mentoring for students, and a three-year apprenticeship opportunity where students split their time between the classroom and the workplace.

Denver Students Work To Create Zero Gravity Washing Machine For NASA

DENVER (CBS4) – Students at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College participated in the NASA HUNCH program over the summer. The success of their projects has created a class for seniors during the school year.

“I’ve been interested in going into a career in the engineering field,” said Kayla Celaya, a 11th grade student. “I felt like this internship and this academy would help me.”

The challenge asked students to create a washing machine that would work in zero gravity for astronauts spending months in space.