Denver schools starting year with new STEM career classes
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As Denver students get ready for school this month, officials are preparing to spend more than $7 million on new career-education classes to benefit about 1,000 students in the first year.
Denver Public Schools will be introducing, and expanding, classes geared toward science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The new classes include manufacturing, pre-engineering, health biotechnology and game-design coding and will be distributed among eight DPS high schools this fall.
“It’s about bringing really rigorous STEM classes to parts of the city that did not previously have these opportunities,” said Joe Saboe, director of pathways for DPS. “They’re primarily low-income parts of the city.”
The new course work is being funded through a Youth Career Connect grant from the Department of Labor and the Department of Education. The funding already has helped hire five new teachers for the new classes and a part-time assistant principal at three schools.
The grant, as well as the work the district promised it would fund, has attracted more than $2 million in donations from local companies, including Campos EPC, founded by a DPS graduate; QEP Resources, a Fortune 500 energy company; and RK Mechanical. CLICK TO KEEP READING
A look at the new science, technology, engineering and math courses that Denver high schools are getting starting this fall:
• Abraham Lincoln High School: Internet technology
• CEC Middle College: Manufacturing, health biotechnology
• East High School: Health
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College: Manufacturing and engineering
• George Washington High School: Finance
• West High School: Internet technology
• High Tech Early College: Internet technology
• John F. Kennedy High School: Engineering and energy
–Yesenia Robles; Photo: Aaron Montoya