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Career Connect links students to professional possibilities

Students working at the Colorado Culinary Academy

DOUGLAS COUNTY –  Career Connect, the annual program sponsored by the Douglas County Educational Foundation, is pairing students with employers for evening career exploration activities throughout the month of April. Topics include: Security Technology, Automotive, Engineering, Healthcare, Theater, Fire Fighting, Cosmetology and Construction Management. 

"The experiences these employers are providing is unique and exceptional," commented Program Coordinator, Krista Zizzo. 

Participating employers were asked to provide background on their industry and a hands-on element. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a session on April 28 called "A Career in the Theater," which will provide students with a look behind the scenes of the professional theater industry. An improv class will give students a hands-on experience. Rocky Vista University's "Careers in Osteopathic Medicine" session will feature a tour of the school's anatomy lab, led by current medical school students. 

Last week, the Colorado Culinary Academy hosted a session entitled, "The Chef's Table," which gave students information on careers in restaurants and hospitality venues. The students learned how to make Spaghetti Carbonara in the school's kitchen classroom. A session hosted by the Sierra Nevada Corporation focused on the day-to-day work of an engineer, illustrated through a collaborative exercise that had students serving as project managers, quality control and manufacturing representatives. 

The Career Connect program is open to all high school students in Douglas County. Follow this link for session descriptions, dates, times and locations, Participation is by advance registration and each session has a limited capacity. 

April 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Careers, District

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”