Denver Public Schools CareerConnect offers students relevant courses while connecting them with partner companies and higher education institutions for hands-on workplace experiences and mentoring. The program equips graduates with high-demand skills and leads to opportunities for continued education and careers in Colorado’s highest-growth, highest-opportunity industries.
At PREP Academy we strive to provide this opportunity for our students and to achieve post-secondary education and long-term goals.
Students at PREP Academy are introduced to a wide variety of technical concepts to help prepare them for a career in Computer Science. Topics covered but not limited to coding, robotics, 3-D printing, web design and multimedia platforms.
Students with disabilities supported through AceConnect in that the program prepares and ensures that they are post-secondary workforce-ready. Students can select an industry of their choice to build soft-skills that align with their career choice. Students have the choice of taking vocational courses at other designated schools that provide targeted areas of vocational education.
Our College and Career counselor advices our students, not only high school graduation requirements, but also helping students to determine their aptitude towards a specific career field. Every student will have access to Naviance to determine their course of action towards planning their career by first determining their strong points. Naviance helps students to do this.
Counseling Team Page
Jamie Wier, Jamie_wier@dpsk12.org
Hours: M-F, 7:30am-3:30pm
Julia Finlayson, Julia_Finlayson@dpsk12.org
Hours: M/Tu/Th: 7:30am-2:30pm and every other Wed. 10am-2pm
Kelley Taylor, Kelley_Taylor@dpsk12.org
Hours: M/Tu/W: 7:30am-4pm
The Counseling Office is open during lunch and by appointment!
General Information: https://www.dpsk12.org/collegereadiness/
Below is a summary of courses all students need to complete with a passing grade to graduate with a DPS diploma before 2021:
Requirements for the Class of 2021 and beyond:
Starting with the Class of 2021, students will need to complete three key requirements to earn a diploma:
This new approach is less about the time spent in a classroom, and more about students demonstrating they are truly prepared for the world after high school.
**Please contact the counseling team if you have questions.**
Individual Academic and Career Plans
Individual Academic and Career Plans (ICAPs), formerly PEPs, are a part of The Denver Plan. ICAPs meet state legislation requirements and are a graduation requirement for students graduating in 2011 and beyond. Starting in sixth grade and continuing throughout high school, students create and update an ongoing plan which includes counselor-led activities on career interests, goal setting, college opportunities, financial aid, and noncognitive skills which increase academic success. The district-wide tools for this process include College in Colorado, Naviance, and counselor-led lessons.
At P.R.E.P., we use Counselor-led lessons in conjunction with Naviance to help you complete your ICAP. Naviance is used as the post-secondary planning resource for Individual Career and Academic Plans for 9th through 12th grade. Naviance is used by counselors, administrators, and school staff, while Family Connection is for students and parents. If your school subscribes to Family Connection, please contact your counselor for your school’s Family Connection web address. For security reasons, Naviance cannot provide technical support to students or parents. Your counselor can verify the features you are authorized to access and can assist you with establishing a new account or resetting your password.
Please see the counseling calendar to find out when we will be having counselor-lead lessons.
Through DPS’ Concurrent Enrollment program, P.R.E.P. encourages students to become college students WHILE finishing their high school graduation requirements! This program allows students to enroll in classes/programs of their choice, through partnering schools such as Community College of Denver and Emily Griffith Technical College, in order to:
**DPS will pay for these courses as long as the student completes the course(s) and earns a C or higher grade. Please note that students may be required to repay the cost of tuition to their school if they do not pass or withdraw from the class in a timely manner. **Students are responsible for the cost of books, fees, and transportation to these programs (inquire about assistance for these costs with your counselor).
Please visit the Counseling Office if you are interested in Concurrent Enrollment or would like more information!
Paying for College
Explore different career paths!
Research colleges to create a list of schools that are a good fit for you!
Search for scholarships!
**Visit the Counseling Office for help with exploring careers and colleges.**
Khan Academy (SAT Prep): https://www.khanacademy.org/
Accuplacer (With practice test): Can this be a link to a pdf? The pdf is attached to this email
Denver Scholarship Foundation: http://www.denverscholarship.org/students/high-school/steps/scholarships
College in Colorado: https://secure.collegeincolorado.org/Home/What_s_New/Scholarships_.aspx