You’ve heard the adage “you can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job.” At CEC, students obtain a well-rounded education that includes not only rigorous academics, but practical and professional experience as well.
At CEC, all students (both full and shared population*) receive a top-notch Career and Technical Education (CTE), complete with classroom knowledge, hands-on experience, practicums and in many cases, internships, college credits and industry approved certifications—all of which help provide students with direction and experience.
This exposure to career skills and workforce readiness standards in high school helps students find their passion and avoid indecision and multiple major changes when continuing on to post-secondary education and increases confidence in college and career. In addition, in many cases students graduate with the skills and experience to immediately qualify for some entry-level jobs in their career interest areas.
Doing Something Real, means…
1) Developing a Knowledge Base
Full-time CEC students participate in a rigorous academic program to prepare them for meeting the challenge of pursuing a post-secondary education. Students can begin earning college credits as early as their freshman year, through the career courses at CEC. Freshmen are enrolled in several rigorous honors courses and sophomores with proficient literacy scores attend college speech and computer classes taught by adjunct instructors. As a student reaches his/her junior year and beyond, students spend one half of their day at the Community College of Denver earning their high school graduation credits while also earning college credits through concurrent enrollment at CCD and in CEC career courses. Students can earn up to 30+ credits, however the average is 8-12. This gives them an advantage both academically and financially when going on to earn certificates, and Associate or Bachelor level college degrees.
2) Learning Career Skills and Work Ethic
Both CEC full-time and shared population students have the opportunity to gain real world experiences working in one the school-run businesses or by gaining the skills needed in their career area by taking a variety of CTE courses. These career-related classes meet for two and a half hours each day and are taught by industry-trained professionals in a real world environment so that students master a practical skill set and gain workforce readiness characteristics, such as punctuality, work ethic, problem solving, and communicating with others in both written and oral formats.
3) Taking Part in the Community
CEC takes pride in its community by offering many ways for students to get involved. As both classes and individuals, students have opportunities to volunteer, fundraise, participate in community events, and partner with local organizations, offering a helping hand. Students learn that they have a place in the community at large and that they can contribute to the success of others.
4) Building Character Skills for Work and Life
Full-time CEC students participate in weekly advisement classes, called REPP (Relationships, Ethics, Perseverance, Partnerships). The Mission of REPP is to create supportive partnerships among students and teachers and to provide a meaningful sense of community. Students also study subjects such as stress management, healthy eating and test taking skills. They delve into important issues such as suicide, teen pregnancy and the dangers of drinking and drugs.
*Full-time students attend CEC for both academic, and CTE courses. Shared population students attend CEC’s career and technical courses for half of their school day and attend their home high school for all academic coursework.