TRANSCRIPT: Hello. I’m Dr. Alex Marrero, proud Superintendent of Denver Public Schools.
Every October, DPS celebrates Career and College Success Month, as part of our efforts to ensure every student graduates with the skills and tools they need to be successful in any path they choose.
This month, DPS has supported students by:
Hosting three Free College Application Days with the state of Colorado. On these days, all DPS high school seniors had the opportunity to participate in a range of college workshops, and most importantly — submit college applications for free!
Secondly, DPS also has a special partnership with the Common Black College Application, which means that interested students are able to use just one application for up to 65 Historically Black Colleges and Universities — for free!
Also: last week, I talked about the many ways that the Denver Scholarship Foundation helps prepare our students for college success. One of the other highlights of this Career and College Success month was that we collaborated with DSF to hold Financial Aid workshops across the city to help students apply for Federal Student Aid.
Thanks to these and other efforts, DPS won the Partner of the Year ‘Award of Excellence’ at the National College Attainment Network’s 2021 conference. This award recognizes our collaborative efforts with the Denver Scholarship Foundation to ensure that DPS students get the support they need to begin and complete a two- or four-year degree. Increasing access and removing barriers to college helps clear the runway for our students to achieve their dreams. I’m so thankful for our partnership with the DSF.
And although we celebrate in October, we connect our students with career and college opportunities throughout the year, like: PSAT testing for ninth, 10th and 11th grade students, hosting virtual and in-person college campus visits, and bringing our 8th graders into the career and college conversation at our annual career fair, coming up this Nov. 2.
At this virtual event, all 8th grade students can explore career booths and learn more about programs offered at local high schools, colleges, universities and trade schools that align with their career and college goals.
I’m excited about the many ways we help our students plan for their futures while getting a head start on paths toward meaningful careers and post-secondary education. I encourage you to visit our College And Career website to learn about these available opportunities. Thank you.