Ready for College and Career


Work-Based Learning (WBL) provides an opportunity for students to discover things they can’t learn in the classroom.  It is a pedagogy that complements Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways with a continuum of career exploration, awareness and preparation activities that facilitate students in postsecondary job placement and credentialing.

WBL offers three different learning opportunities, all with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus:

  • CareerX (job shadows): half-day excursions for small groups of 9th or 10th grade students, provides a “first glimpse” into a career field and an opportunity to connect key academic concepts to business applications
  • CareerCoach (mentoring): students are paired with a mentor from the industry they’re interested in, fostering school-based relationships between employees and students. This develops critical soft skills and helps students map out an academic and career plan with guiding advice from their mentors

Regional Coordinators oversee the logistics of these three components.

For more information about Work-Based Learning, please contact:

Arys Subiadur
Work-Based Learning
720-423-2264 |

The goal of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program is to provide wrap-around support to students to ensure on time graduation and successful placement in post-secondary and or career.

This is achieved by providing 1 on 1 case management centered around an individualized goal plan. Students work with a case manager to develop individualized goal plans and then meet regularly to monitor progress towards those goals. WIOA programming provides support for the “whole child” with a focus on academic success, career development and post-secondary readiness and enrollment.

Students have access to the following 14 elements of WIOA services: tutoring, alternative secondary school services, paid and unpaid work experiences, occupational skills training, leadership development, supportive services, mentoring, comprehensive counseling, financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills training, in-demand industry information, post-secondary readiness and follow-up services.

For more information about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program, please contact:

Alex Monk
WIOA Program Services
720-423-2291 |

Regional Coordinators (RCs) are in 11 school sites across Denver. RCs oversee Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programming at school sites. RCs strive to increase academic achievement, high school graduation and college and career opportunities through job shadows, industry-specific mentorships, internship opportunities and social emotional supports for students.

RCs supervise a team of Master of Social Work interns who work together to support programs by facilitating external experiential learning opportunities for students. They do this by setting and supporting students’ post-secondary goals and partnering with businesses or institutions that compliment Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum.

Students have access to enriched employability training, complete high school with interview skills, college enrollment, or concrete work experience.

Abraham Lincoln High School

Lindsay Hazel, 720-423-5524 |

Bruce Randolph School

Lynne Lombard, 720-424-1094 |

CEC Middle College of Denver

David Edmonds, 720-423-6667 |

East High School

Alayna Shaw, 720-423-8552|

George Washington High School

Antwun Baker, 720-423-8704 |

High Tech Early College

Falicia Vargas, 720-424-2488 |

John F. Kennedy High School

Ismael Ramos, 720-423-4373 |

Manual High School

Elia Martin, 720-424-6535 |

Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College

Mike Ramsay, 720-424-0420 |

Summit Academy

Marissa Shoback, 720-424-2407 |

West Career Academy

Esmeralda De La Oliva, 720-424-3293 |

For more information about Regional Coordinators, please contact:

Arys Subiadur
Work-Based Learning
720-423-2264 |

This student internship opportunity increases academic achievement and civic engagement through partnerships with schools and nonprofits and through participation in learning circles.  Students will work alongside teachers, school leaders, community partners, nonprofits and small businesses to identify challenges in their communities and work to create solutions.

Students will receive training and on-going professional development by all partners while supporting organizational needs especially as they relate to community and civic engagement.

Community Learning Circles were developed to foster community and civic engagement among Denver Public Schools’ students and parents.  Student interns will have the option to participate in Community Learning Circles designed to discuss issues that impact their schools and communities. These Learning Circles will be co-facilitated by non profit organizations, community partners, students, parents and teachers, which will ultimately:

  • Engage school leaders, board members and content experts throughout the district and community organizations, nonprofits, small businesses with support and training made available by Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
  • Educate parents, students and members of the community on critical information about policies and initiatives that increase academic performance
  • Empower parents, students, schools and their communities to have open dialogue to utilize this information to solve critical problems in their community

Community Learning Circles are developed by schools to engage students, parents, teachers and members of the community to offer diverse perspectives on various issues that impact academic performance and bring about solutions to address student needs.  They create a conduit for students and parents to work alongside school leaders and community members to deepen their engagement in schools while learning valuable skills to advocate for their communities.  A few examples of topics examined by Community Learning Circles:

  • School Choice
  • Whole Child, Healthy Child 2020
  • School Performance Compact
  • Denver Plan 2020
  • Demographics in School Communities
  • Standardized Testing
  • District and School Based Funding
  • School Performance Framework (SPF)
  • DPS Paraprofessional Pipeline
  • Center for Family Opportunity

For more information about Community and Civic Engagement Internships, please contact:

David Portee
Program Services
720-423-2301 |

Community Engagement Specialists (CESs) organize, develop, and manage a minimum of 3 school partners that provide priority services to students and families, focusing efforts on services that link to improving student academic performance, student attendance and increase parent engagement.

Through this, families and adults have greater access to resources that provide a range of services to foster economic self-sufficiency and enable families to support their child’s learning.

  • CESs build systems to expand and sustain partnerships to increase student achievement, academics and family engagement
  • CESs assess student, family and school needs and connect them with available service providers, in addition to serving as critical collaborators on collaborative school committees and leadership teams
  • Staff also provide emergency energy funds, parent and family trainings and opportunities for families to participate in the student’s education

For more information about Community Engagement Specialists, please contact:

David Portee
Program Services
720-423-2301 |

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