Denver Public School’s Career Connect Program Unites Classroom Learning with Workplace Applications 0
Team members at Eidos Architects will mentor nine George Washington High School students to prepare for life beyond high school
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PICTURED: Members from Eidos Architects and students from George Washington High School work on space-planning activity.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo— March 3, 2020
Several team members at Eidos Architects, an architectural firm located in Greenwood Village, Colorado, met with five George Washington High School (GWHS) students as part of the Denver Public School’s Career Connect Program last week.
Participating in the program since 2018, students gathered at the firm for an activity focusing on problem solving, communication and collaboration with an architectural spin. Each student worked with their Eidos mentor on space-planning, budgeting and incorporating client requests into a schematic floor plan.
Research shows career-focused coursework combined with experiences in work-based learning results in increased graduation rates, motivation in academic study, course completion and job earnings following graduation, according to SRI International, a nonprofit research organization.
“I think this program really makes a difference,” Kaitlyn Kravitz, design associate and one of the mentors at Eidos said. “It shows students what life outside of high school can be like.”
The Career Connect program provides career-focused exposure in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) pathways in preparation for post-secondary education and work-readiness. Students who participate in the program are 30 percent more likely to graduate than their peers, an internal study by Harvard University stated.
“DPS Career Connect’s Coach Program is an important program for students because it gives them the opportunity to build up traits and skills to be well equipped to get into the career of their choice,” Rodrigo Bello, regional coordinator at George Washington High School said. “Having a company like Eidos allowing multiple employees to mentor a group of students is huge. Students are building connections and learning about a career to identify, if it would be something they are interested in pursuing. This program is great because we can take students outside of their classrooms and into the company partners’ workplaces to get a sense of the atmosphere. This is where you see it in students faces on how pumped they are to be learning real life experiences!”
Participation in the Career Connect program is only one of ways the team seeks active involvement within the Denver community: attending local career fairs, welcoming DPS interns to their team, and participating in the annual DPS Stuff the Bus Backpack Drive, to name a few.
Over the spring semester, Eidos will hold a total of four meetings with nine participating students total to continue building professional skills and uniting classroom learning with workplace connections.
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