Preparing DCSD students for today — and beyond

Column by Thomas Tucker
Posted 3/11/20

It is a great time to be part of the Douglas County School District (DCSD)! We are preparing our students for today — and beyond. Did you know DCSD students can earn college credit while in high …

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Preparing DCSD students for today — and beyond

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It is a great time to be part of the Douglas County School District (DCSD)! We are preparing our students for today — and beyond.

Did you know DCSD students can earn college credit while in high school? We offer Concurrent Enrollment (CE) through four post-secondary institutions to make this possible:

• Arapahoe Community College

• Red Rocks Community College

• Metropolitan State University of Denver

• Colorado State University-Pueblo

These CE programs benefit students by lowering the cost of college, increasing the flexibility of academic options, increasing the ease of access to college coursework and preparing students for a pathway and a seamless transfer into college or the workforce. College courses are offered in all DCSD high schools and may be available on college campuses.

DCSD high school teachers who meet required postsecondary instructor qualifications teach a variety of concurrent enrollment courses offered in our high schools. Tuition is paid by the school district, and the student/family is responsible for any additional fees required by the postsecondary institution.

For concurrent enrollment classes offered on a college campus, students are taught by college faculty. This option may be available for courses not offered in a DCSD high school. The course must fulfill a graduation requirement, be a component of completing a certification or degree program and meet additional district requirements. Tuition is paid by DCSD at the current community college rate, and the student/family is responsible for any additional tuition or fees required by the postsecondary institution. Students should meet with their counselor to review what options are available.

This truly is an amazing opportunity for students to earn college credit while in high school. Postsecondary education can be expensive, but the DCSD Concurrent Enrollment program keeps more money in your pocket. In fact, in the 2018-2019 school year, students and parents saved nearly $2.3 million in college expenses through DCSD’s concurrent enrollment program and partnerships!

DCSD is also committed to providing students with authentic, work-based learning opportunities. Through Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming and industry partnerships, we offer opportunities for our students to join with industry partners to gain real-world knowledge and the essential skills they will need to compete for the postsecondary opportunity they may choose after graduation.

CTE and postsecondary readiness courses are academically rigorous and offer students specific pathway programming designed to allow them to obtain the knowledge and skills required for their next step after graduation. Programming is offered within the Health Science and Natural Resources, Human & Public Services and Safety, Industrial Technology, Arts & Design, and Business and Information Technology career clusters. Some CTE programs offer college courses for students to earn college credit while still in high school.

Our commitment in DCSD is to encourage our students to explore their passions and follow their interests as they decide their next step after graduation. It is our mission to provide students with real-world knowledge, career and technical essential skills, and occupational experience through work-based learning opportunities to enable them to lead with confidence and integrity and to influence the future as productive and employable citizens.

Whether your child’s next step after high school graduation is college, career, or the workforce, DCSD is ready to partner with your family to ensure your child’s success. The sky’s the limit for our students!

Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D., is the superintendent of the Douglas County School District.

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