Accelerating Students Through Concurrent Enrollment

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ASCENT is a fifth-year high school program that pays for a free year of college the year after 12th grade. DPS ASCENT students receive free tuition/fees while also receiving wrap-around advising and support during the critical transition from high school to college. Students choose to attend college at one of 8 participating technical-, community-, or 4 year-colleges the year following graduation from high school.

ASCENT gives students a head start in earning a certificate, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree…all while saving time and money.

How do students apply to ASCENT?

"The most beneficial aspect was the easy transition from high school to CCD through the ASCENT program. I received a lot of support and encouragement and felt confident as I transitioned into the program. The communication was outstanding."

ASCENT Student  


Frequently Asked Questions

ASCENT Contacts:

Kelly Gilmore
Program Manager
(720) 423-3827
Email Kelly Gilmore

Anayeli Perez Cruz
Program Coordinator
(720) 423-3740
Email Anayeli Perez Cruz

Ilse Chavez
Program Coordinator
(720) 423-3756
Email Ilse Chavez

Additional Resources

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