Postsecondary Readiness

Access to free community college for qualified students:

With the passage of the Public School Finance bill (HB22-1390), significant changes were made to the ASCENT and Concurrent Enrollment programs.

The ASCENT program allows qualified students (who earned 9 postsecondary credits while in high school) the opportunity to attend a community college in Colorado tuition free (cost of fees & books not included).  The student will be enrolled as a 5th year DCSD student, and the district pays tuition costs.  

How can students take advantage of this program:  
1.  Complete the DCSD ASCENT application by June 17th at 4 pm.  Linked below
2.  Students need to use a personal email address to ensure communication with the Postsecondary Readiness [PSR] Dept. 
3.  After June 17, the PSR dept will send communications to students about next steps. 
4.  High school counselors will also connect with students during the ASCENT year. 
5.  Enrollment status with DCSD will be updated later in the summer to reflect 5th year status.  

Click HERE for the DCSD ASCENT application for students.

More information on ASCENT for families

Fire Science program at Rock Canyon HS


Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Ensuring students are prepared and have the in-demand skills to enter the workforce is an essential strategy to meeting economic and business needs in Colorado. At the secondary level, the goal is for all students to understand and articulate their individual skill set, how they relate to potential careers and jobs, and graduate with these in-demand skills from high school. Colorado industry representatives are clear that students who graduate from high school and seek to work in Colorado need in-demand skills that meet business, industry and higher education standards.  

Douglas County School District is committed to providing our students with authentic, project-based learning, allowing them to explore industries, and gain the real world knowledge and skills they will need to be successful. The Postsecondary Readiness Department assists and supports high schools to ensure that secondary students graduate high school ready for college or career. Through partnerships with higher education and the community college system, the Postsecondary Readiness Department works to strengthen, coordinate and align programs and policies to support students through to success in entering college or the workforce.  

Meet the Postsecondary Readiness Department:

Aimee Barker
Postsecondary Readiness Coordinator 

Krista Tongren
Career and Technical Education Specialist
Kristi Husby
Accounting Specialist/
Administrative Assistant

Matt Chambless
Concurrent Enrollment Specialist 
PSR Department
Main Line

Kathy Frommer
Work-based Learning Specialist

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Outside Agencies

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