• Youth Apprenticeship Program (In Partnership with CareerWise Colorado)

    The Youth Apprenticeship program, in partnership with CareerWise Colorado, is a two to three years program that offers high school students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience as an employee of a company. With support from their high school, apprentices will be taking classes while getting paid to work for one of our company partners. Students have potential to earn industry-recognized national credential(s) and prepare to be hired into a modern, in-demand career.

    By participating in the Youth Apprenticeship program during high school, students will earn 1.5 units per semester. 

    The Apprenticeship program is designed to help students develop professional skills in a supportive workplace environment, which provides a smoother transition from high school to college or career and increases earning potential. 

    If you are a student interested in participating in Youth Apprenticeships, please use the Interest Form to be connected with a Navigator.

  • Why is the apprenticeship such a long commitment?

    Youth apprenticeships are two to three years, depending on the employer. During this time, students become work ready in their given career field and the depth of commitment signals to employers that apprentices are ready to step into these careers as productive, full-time employees. This opportunity can truly give you an advantage over your peers.

  • Do apprentices receive an industry certification through the program?

    Apprentices have the opportunity during the second and third year of their apprenticeship, to access industry certification programs related to their apprenticeship industry. Industry certification programs are offered through their employer.

  • Do apprentices receive college credit through the program?

    • Apprentices have the opportunity during the 2nd or 3rd year of their apprenticeship, to access college level courses and industry credentials through their employer.
    • While an apprentice is still in high school, it is strongly encouraged that they take advantage of any Concurrent Enrollment courses offered at their high school.

  • How much will I get paid?

    Apprentices are paid at least the current minimum wage per hour. Apprentices have a chance to earn more per hour over the course of their apprenticeship.

  • How does it work?

    • Jobs are listed beginning mid February, on the CareerWise Hub 
    • Current sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for apprenticeship opportunities in the spring, with hopes of being hired in May. If hired, students will begin work that August. 
    • Apprenticeships are either two or three years long. The length of an apprenticeship is decided by the company and will be included in their job description. 
    • Apprentices work 2-3 days a week and continue taking courses outside of that
    • Students graduate on the normal timeline and stay with the program an additional 1-2 years after receiving their diploma.

  • What are the benefits of participating in an apprenticeship?

    • The apprenticeship program bridges the gap between education and career. It gives students relevant experience in a field that interests them and accelerates their career and earning power. 
    • High school students work through real world challenges and gain skills that are completely transferrable. 
    • The apprenticeship can focus your goals to help you make an informed decision about college and other post secondary plans. 
    • An options multiplier: Apprenticeship can be a powerful enhancement to your education or a fast-track to a career, or both. Apprenticeship is not a diversion from higher education—it’s a rigorous education option that combines theoretical learning with practical learning that focuses career and education objectives.

  • What are the minimum requirements to apply for an apprenticeship?

    • Current sophomore or junior 
    • Interest in one or more of the apprenticeship industries 
    • Eligibility to work in the U.S.

  • What type of support is offered throughout the apprenticeship?

    • Apprentices are offered support throughout all aspects of the apprenticeship-- your high school Navigator will be your main support for school related issues. 
    • The CareerWise team and your supervisor, will be your main support at work.

  • Will you hold on to my diploma after I graduate?

    No, you will receive your diploma when you graduate high school as a senior.

  • Who is CareerWise Colorado and what role do they play in the DPS Apprenticeship Program?

    CareerWise Colorado is the intermediary (middle person) between school districts and business partners. CareerWise manages the application process that our students experience and help support businesses and apprentices throughout the experience.

  • How do I get started?

    If you are interested, talk to your school Navigator or the program manager (diana_casillaschavez@dpsk12.net), and complete an INTEREST SURVEY to learn more and take charge of your future!


  • Career Development Team
    Emily Griffith Campus
    1860 Lincoln St, 10th Floor
    Denver, CO 80203

    Diana Casillas
    Manager, Xplore Industry Exploration & Youth Apprenticeship Programs