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Career exploration opportunities abound during Career Connect

CASTLE ROCK - Students will have the opportunity to explore careers with more than 20 businesses and organizations during the annual Career Connect program.

Registration opens March 13 for the after-school career exploration program for DCSD high school students, sponsored by the Douglas County Educational Foundation. Sessions are held weeknights April 4-28 showcasing future careers to high school students.

Learn about the following industries:

  • Automotive
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering
  • Fire & Rescue Services
  • Forensic Science
  • Healthcare
  • Nursing
  • Retail Operations
  • Studio and Fine Arts
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Wellness
  • Writing…and more.

While Career Connect is open to all DCSD high school students, registration is available on a first come, first served basis starting March 13. The employer-led sessions can accommodate between 10-25 students per session. There is a $10-25 program fee due upon registration and students must provide their own transportation to the sessions.

Visit or the Career Connect Page to register or for more information on participating employers and session descriptions.

March 14, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Career and Technical Education, High School Education

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.