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School-Based Learning with CareerConnect

CareerConnect starts in the classroom with courses that are fun, real-world, project-based and excellent preparation for careers and college. The classes can involve internships, job shadows, certifications and lots of opportunities to connect with professionals.

“I am a Latino kid coming from a struggling family. I want to make my family proud.”

I’ll be honest, I had decided that if I didn’t like the first class, I was going to change my schedule that very day ... The class and internships have been mind-blowing and the best experiences I’ve ever had.

Jovany
Manual High School
MedConnect

Which career — or two or three — do you want to explore?

See examples of potential careers, classes and opportunities available with each option.

Click around to see what interests you and then link to more details.

CareerConnect pathway for students with unique needs

CareerConnect School-Based Learning programs by school

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Common questions about School-Based Learning

CareerConnect staff are in most schools. But we’re always here to help.

Email us with your specific questions.

If I don't like the program I've chosen, can I switch to another one?

Yes. We hope you’ll give it an honest try but if it’s not the right fit, it’s not the right fit. Talk to your CareerConnect staff member at your school or email us and we’ll help you out. Some students have switched after a few days or weeks, and some go through an entire semester or internship before realizing they want to try something different.

We believe it’s better to explore your options in high school, for free, rather than later when it might cost money. Don’t you agree?

Is School-Based Learning only for high school students?

No, although the great majority of our school-based learning programs kick off in grades 9-10. Learn more about the many opportunities we offer in grades K-8 here.

What if my school doesn't offer a School-Based Learning program?

Contact us and we’ll work with you to explore your options.

I want to go straight into the workforce. Do I have to do school-based learning?

Classwork is an important part of any work experience. You wouldn’t expect an employee at the workplace you’re visiting to go in without any prior understanding of expectations and the job, and we don’t want you to go in without preparation either. Typically, students in grades 9 and 10 learn about their career interests, visit workplaces and talk to professionals before launching into an internship or work experience as high school juniors and seniors.

How do these classes fit in with my graduation requirements?

CareerConnect classes may count as part of your academic requirements or they may count as electives, depending on your particular situation. We encourage you to talk with your school counselor or CareerConnect staff member. We’re also happy to talk with you; just email us with your questions.

For some online resources to consult right away, check out https://collegeandcareer.dpsk12.org/ as well as graduation requirements for the Classes of 2018-2020 and the Class of 2021 and Beyond.

My school also offers Early College, AP, Concurrent Enrollment and more. How do these all fit together?

All of these opportunities reflect Denver Public Schools’ desire to ensure our students graduate ready for college and career, whichever you choose. Some CareerConnect classes may also be Concurrent Enrollment or Early College classes, depending on the school and your particular Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP). We encourage you to talk to your school counselor, CareerConnect staff member at your school or email us with your questions.

For some online resources to consult right away, check out https://collegeandcareer.dpsk12.org/ as well as graduation requirements for the Classes of 2018-2020 and the Class of 2021 and Beyond.

“You can’t get anywhere without taking a risk once. Better to take the risk rather than to sit back.”

The experience taught me that if you put your mind to something, you can achieve. But if you get stuck, people are there for me to help me get through it — so I can accomplish what I want to.

VasiLisa
George Washington High School
MedConnect