ACEConnect Programs

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    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 or check out our bank of videos from virtual panels & events on our Youtube channel!

    CareerEngage Internship

    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 LibraryideaLABs, Adaptive Rec, MyDenver Card and a wide variety of community connections. Invite students and parents to participate in our onlie intro RTD training to help facilitate independence beyond DPS school walls. In person follow-up training for small groups available!


    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 online workshop options here and schedule a meeting to get started planning one or more for your families!


  • Katie Kraft, Team Supervisor & Special Education Graduation 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 Brewer, Career Exploration & Workforce Development Partnerships

    Joe Tabano, Internship Coordinator