Your company can make a difference in the lives of countless Denver students and shape your future talent! DPS CareerConnect offers a number of engagement opportunities, varying in time commitment and impact. We partner with more than 300 companies, colleges, and non-profits to provide hands-on learning opportunities to ensure that our students are prepared for an increasingly global 21st-century economy.
Ways to Get Involved
- -Introduce students to your industry through a three-hour group job shadow. -This is one of the easiest ways to engage — our dedicated staff will walk you through the process of planning a CareerX event! -In 2016-2017, 1,594 students participated in CareerX events anywhere from Denver Zoo to Zayo. Learn More!
- -Make a lasting impact on the life of a young adult. -Students are matched 1:1 with mentors in the career field that they are studying. -Students and mentors meet three hours each month during the school year. -In 2016-2017, 153 students participated in the CareerCoach mentoring program. Learn More!
- -Present a class with a real-world problem from your industry. -Students will work in teams throughout the year to develop projects and give a final “pitch” to your company in the spring. -Companies meet with students several times to help mentor them through the project development. Learn More!
- -Receive support from juniors and seniors taking classes in your industry. -Internships range from 100-120 hours. -Students are eligible for a financial award and high school credit for their participation in CareerLaunch. -The CareerLaunch internship program can serve as a pre-screening/recruitment for companies participating in the CareerResidency. Learn More!
- -Develop your talent pipeline through this innovative new apprenticeship program. -Students spend three days per week working at your company for two years while they earn a high school diploma and an associates degree. -The CareerResidency piloted in 2017 in the following industries: advanced manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and business. Learn More!
- -Help our educators ensure that the content in their classrooms is up-to-date with industry standards. -Twice-annual industry summits bring teachers, students, business leaders, and higher education representatives together for two hours to discuss curriculum and class projects. Learn More!
Work-Based Learning and the DPS CareerConnect Model
DPS CareerConnect offers a continuum of engaging, project-based courses and work-based learning opportunities in relevant career pathways. Students typically take introductory survey courses in the beginning of high school and then progress to more specialized classes in their industry of choice. Students graduate from CareerConnect with college credit, industry experience, and valuable soft skills.