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Career Connect brings the world of work to eighth-graders

The Expo is a one-day event for all of Douglas County School District's (DCSD) eighth-grade students to explore a wide range of career opportunities, interview business leaders and meet with higher education representatives.

“One of the biggest purposes we have in our district is to prepare our students so that when they finish high school they can go into the college of their choice or get the training or the career of their choice to be productive in society,” said Douglas County School Board Vice President Kevin Larsen.

With the ever-changing landscape in the world of employment, students were exposed to the vast array of career opportunities.

“There’s lots of different options here and so much to look at and we’ve never even heard of before. There’s so much as youth that we don’t understand yet, so being exposed to it at an early age really helps,” explained Sierra Middle School 8th grader Kate Padrnos.

The event made an impact on both students and employers.

“It’s a win for everybody…for these kids to see what they can do in their future and it’s a win for these employers and people in the community to see their incoming talent,” concluded Larsen.

November 21, 2013 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Middle 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.