$100,000 Matching Gift Goal
The Denver Scholarship Foundation has launched a comprehensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) strategy to engage Denver Public School (DPS) high school students interested in exploring skilled trade certifications and career paths. A growing number of students seek postsecondary options other than a college degree, but it is hard to find out about alternatives. By enhancing our advising to include multiple career paths, we can indeed help students to find and access their ‘best fit.
CTE prepares students for middle-skills jobs, defined as those requiring credentialing beyond high school, but not a four-year college degree. These jobs offer offering economic security and prosperity for Colorado’s workers. Middle-skills jobs are essential to Colorado’s health, infrastructure, and economic growth. Many of these jobs are local, hands-on jobs, meaning they are unlikely to be outsourced.
Throughout the DPS system, students are either unaware of CTE options for education and career pathways, or are influenced by social attitudes to consider CTE to be a second-rate choice that does not qualify the student as successful. For them, going to a four-year college and obtaining a baccalaureate degree is the definition of success.
Denver Scholarship considers Career and Technical Education (CTE) an educational strategy for providing young people with academic, technical, and employability skills.
Denver Scholarship’s unique advantage is its Future Centers – advising centers embedded in DPS high school facilities that serve 20 DPS high schools and over 14,000 high school students. Our staff of Advisors engage the high school students in these schools formally and informally to advise them regarding their education and career options, how those options can lead to a variety of career pathways.
We are currently piloting a CTE project in the Montbello Schools, MLK Early College and JFK High School Future Centers with the help of The Daniels Fund, JPMorgan Foundation and the LARRK Foundation. Our goal is to implement this strategy throughout DPS high schools.
The Daniels Fund is providing key financial support through a $300,000 two-year grant, which includes a $100,000 matching gift funds that support this effort. We invite you to consider partnering with us and the Daniels Fund by making a gift in support of our Career and Technical Education program. Your dollars will be matched 1:1 by the Daniels Fund.
Gifts from individuals as well as support from corporations that are mindful of their need for future employees, will encourage a flowing pipeline from education to the workforce. We invite you to join us as a leader in providing the solution to an industry need that will improve Colorado’s workforce and keep our economy vital while providing new and better opportunities to our community’s youth.