The CareerX Industry Exploration Program provides the critical first point of real-world exposure to companies in each student’s career interest. DPS students — most in ninth grade — learn about careers available within a particular industry and to observe the work performed by people in those careers. They also learn about post-high school educational paths to the careers they observe. We provide transportation, chaperone support and lunch. Register your students now!
On-the-job , real world experience! Students spend a semester participating in internship preparation programming by completing Job Readiness Training and participating in cohort support learning about on-the-job success , financial health, and workplace etiquette. After successful completion of preparation, students participate in a paid internship with business partners in their chosen career field across the Denver Metro area. Job Coach support is available, and students are eligible to receive WES credit for their time. Summer Programming opportunities include career-ready academies and earn while you learn opportunities such as the Garden of Youth, Culinary and Construction Quickstarts, and Hospitality academies. Check out our video on the Garden of Youth program. Interested in getting your kids signed up for internships? Check out the flyer!
Denver Public Schools offers a wide variety of postsecondary readiness opportunities for our students with disabilities. Encourage students to access our AAA109: Accessing Resources & Accommodations course - a concurrent enrollment course at the Community College of Denver. Please check back in the Fall for a link to the application. We also offer college course simulation programming in partnership with CU Denver and JWU. Check your EPIC newsletter for dates and registration. Have questions about post-secondary opportunities for your student? Reach out to our team for resources, events, and guides for "what comes next".
The ACE Team can coordinate introduction events for Denver Public Library ideaLABs, Adaptive Rec, MyDenver Card and a wide variety of community connections. Invite students and parents to participate in our RTD training to help facilitate independence beyond DPS school walls.
Get parents involved in their students post-school success. We offer a wide range of topics tailored to your school’s parents’ needs. Look over options here and schedule a meeting!
Katie Kraft, Team Supervisor & Internship Coordinator
Rachel Almond, Work-Based Learning and School Based ACE Teacher Support
Courtney Kallas, Transition Assessment, Student Self-Determination, Instructional Support & Family Involvement
Jamie Youngblood, Higher Ed & Technical Skills Partnerships
Nicole Franchino, Career Exploration & Workforce Development Partnerships
Z Arellano, ACE Regional Coordinator for Special Populations