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Help Name DCSD’s Newest Facilities!

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Over the past few months, the Douglas County School District finalized the purchase of two facilities to be utilized for additional Career and Technical Education (CTE) and alternative education programming for DCSD students. Funding for both buildings was made possible from the 2018 Bond premium and interest as well as cash in lieu funding from developers.

Now it’s time to name these buildings and we want your input!

Please click here to complete a short survey about names currently being considered for these buildings (or submit your own idea). Community input will be considered as part of the overall naming process. The survey will close on Wednesday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m.

Thank you for your participation!

Douglas County School District


BACKGROUND/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Originally, DCSD planned to construct a new facility on Pine Drive in Parker to house both programs. However, the costs of new construction became too cost-prohibitive. Fortunately, DCSD was able to obtain the former Wildlife Experience building on Lincoln Avenue, and the former Arapahoe Community College facility near Chaparral High School. These facilities will enable DCSD to provide more opportunities to students than ever before.

    BUILDING #1 - Former Wildlife Experience Building / New Career & Technical Education Campus (Classes Beginning Fall 2022)
    The former Wildlife Experience Building was purchased by DCSD in December 2021. This facility will be home to a Career and Technical Education campus which will allow DCSD high school students to explore and develop focused skills while earning industry certificates, high school and college credits, associate degrees, and college diplomas. The building will also be a community resource for future partnerships and collaboration with community organizations and businesses. Finally, the building will also be available for community and school events.

    Initially, there will be opportunities for concurrent educational programming in the areas of Emergency Medical Technician/Services (EMT/EMS), Advanced Robotics, Building Energy Maintenance, Advanced Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Architectural Engineering, and Nursing (Certified Nursing Assistant). Eleventh- and twelfth-grade students from DCSD and Arapahoe Community College students will be able to enroll in these courses in the Fall of 2023.

    BUILDING #2 - Former Arapahoe Community College Building / New Alternative Education Campus (Opening in Fall 2023)
    The former Arapahoe Community College building near Chaparral High School in Parker will serve as DCSD’s newest Alternative Education Campus.

    • High school core classes will be offered in a project-based learning format where students will uncover content by identifying real-world problems and challenges and then use the skills and mindsets of an entrepreneur to solve those problems. By their senior year, students will have applied for patents, published research, and made impacts in their own communities as a result of their core classes.

    • Elective programming options will build deep competency in entrepreneurship. Students will balance the learning of business, marketing, project management, leadership, and finance with courses like graphic and multimedia design with two beautiful fabrication and textile labs to get hands-on artistic and practical experience.

    • Work-based learning is intentionally being built into the four-year pathway so that students will meet and engage with experts, coaches, and mentors from their freshman year to internships and apprenticeships by their junior and senior year. Every unit of study will ask students to engage with industry partners and experts who will coach and mentor them through their entrepreneurial projects.

    • DCSD is working to build strategic university partnerships to ensure that students will not only graduate with more than the DCSD graduation requirements but also Career and Technical Education credit and university credit in entrepreneurship.

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