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Pathway to Success. What Will Your Legacy Be?. Graduation Requirements . What Education is Worth. Sources: The College Board, Education Pays 2010 , Figure 1.1; U.S. Census Bureau, 2009; Internal Revenue Service, 2008; Davis et al., 2009; calculations by the authors.

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Pathway to success

Pathway to Success

What Will Your Legacy Be?

What education is worth
What Education is Worth

Sources: The College Board, Education Pays 2010, Figure 1.1; U.S. Census Bureau, 2009; Internal Revenue Service, 2008; Davis et al., 2009; calculations by the authors.

What options do i have after west
What Options Do I Have After West

  • Not finishing High School

  • Working at a job after High School

  • Career and Technical Training

  • Two-Year College (Community College)

  • Four-Year College

Career technical schools
Career & Technical Schools

Local Schools


Low cost

May take longer than other Career Schools

Quality instructors that have worked in specific career field

Hands on career specific training

Job placement

  • Emily Griffith Opportunity School

  • Pickens Technical College

  • Wyotec

Other career technical schools
Other Career & Technical Schools


Promise faster completion

Higher tuition with more loan debt

Credits usually do not transfer to Community College or 4-year University

Schools you see on TV

College admissions criteria by importance

Academic Rigor, Talent, and/or Mastery of Skills

Cumulative GPA

Grades in college/Advanced Placement courses

Grades in college prep courses

Grades in all subjects

ACT & SAT test scores

Class rank

Essay or writing samples

Honors, Awards, etc.

Counselor recommendations

Teacher recommendations

Interview (if required)

Community Service

Work and extracurricular activities

College Admissions Criteria by Importance

Explore and research colleges careers your future
Explore and Research Colleges/Careers/Your Future!

  • Identify what you like to do - How do you want to spend the rest of your life?

  • Will you be happy with the financial resources available to you as a result of that career choice?

  • Gather as much information as you can from informal visits to colleges and attending college fairs.

  • Search college websites for minimum GPA and test score requirements.

  • Refine what your possible college major may be and explore colleges strong in that area.

  • What careers are available to people with a degree in your chosen field?

  • Identify at least 10 Colleges/Universities you are interested in and spend this year researching everything you can about those colleges.

Colorado two year colleges
Colorado Two Year Colleges

Local Community Colleges

Community College Facts

Smaller Class size

Affordable tuition

You do not have to live on-campus

Guaranteed admission

May work with undocumented students

  • Community College of Aurora

  • Community College of Denver

  • Red Rocks Community College

  • Arapahoe Community College

  • Front Range Community College

Colorado two year college cont
Colorado Two Year College Cont.

Other 2-year Schools

2-yearCollege Facts

Low cost tuition

Located in Rural or Mountain area across Colorado

On-campus housing

looser admission requirements

May have low to no wait-list for programs

  • Aims Community College

  • Colorado Mountain College

  • Colorado Northwest Community College

  • Lamar Community College

  • Pikes Peak Community College

Colorado junior colleges
Colorado Junior Colleges

Junior Colleges

Junior College Facts

Career and Vocational focused

Guaranteed admissions

Smaller classes than traditional 4 year colleges

two –year college with on campus housing

Opportunity to participate in NCAA sports

  • Otero Junior College, La Junta

  • Trinidad Junior College, Trinidad

  • Blair Junior College

  • Northeastern Junior College, Sterling

4 year colorado colleges
4 Year Colorado Colleges

Colorado 4-Year colleges


Larger class size

Harder admission requirements

More options for Majors

Usually provide good Financial Aid options

Options to participate in NCAA sports (competitive)

  • Adams State College, Alamosa

  • Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado

  • Colorado State University,

    - Fort Collins (Main Campus) & Pueblo

  • Fort Lewis College

  • Mesa State College, Grand Junction

  • Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver

4 year colorado colleges continued
4-Year Colorado Colleges Continued

4-year college facts

Higher tuition than Community College

Competitive admission requirements

More major options

Larger campuses

May offer good Financial Aid package

Opportunity to participate in NCAA sports (competitive)

  • University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder (main campus)

  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs

  • University of Colorado at Denver, Denver

  • University of Colorado Health and Science Center, Aurora

  • University of Northern Colorado, Greeley

  • Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison

Private colorado 4 year colleges
Private Colorado 4-Year Colleges

Colorado Private Colleges

Private Institution Facts

Smaller college

Tuition is higher

Some give more Financial Aid and large scholarship endowments

No COF requirement and may work for undocumented students

Opportunity to participate in NCAA college sports

  • Colorado College, Colorado Springs

  • Colorado Christian University, Lakewood

  • Johnson & Wales, Denver

  • Regis University, Denver

  • Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver

  • University of Denver

U s military
U.S. Military

  • Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard.

Job corps
Job Corps

  • Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job.

  • All you need to join Job Corps is:

    • Be at least 16 years of age.

    • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

    • Meet income requirements.

  • Students can earn a high school diploma, a GED, or college credits through Job Corps.

  • Job Corps offers career technical training in more than 100 career areas.

  • Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, and training and preparation for a career - all at no cost.

  • For up to 18 months after graduation from Job Corps, students will get help from Job Corps to make the transition into the real world.

Job corps careers there are over 100




Cement Masonry


Facilities Maintenance

Heating, Ventilation, and

Air Conditioning



Finance and Business

Accounting Services

Office Administration

Homeland Security

Security and Protective Services




Automotive and Machine Repair

Automobile Technician

Collision Repair and Refinish

Health Care

Clinical Medical Assistant

Licensed Practical/

Vocational Nurse

Medical Office Support

Nurse Assistant/Home

Health Aide

Pharmacy Technician


Culinary Arts

Hotel and Lodging

Information Technology

Computer Technician

Network Cable Installation

Renewable Resources

and Energy


Urban Forestry

Retail Sales and Services

Retail Sales


Heavy Equipment Operations

Material and Distribution Operations

… and many more!

Job Corps Careers (there are over 100!)

College visits
College Visits

  • Many colleges visit West to talk with prospective students

  • Listen to daily announcements

  • Sign up with Bea Salazar in the Futures Center to receive your pass

Everything counts now
Everything counts … NOW!

  • Grades and Credits are used to determine the GPA

  • AP Courses are weighted on a 5 point scale

  • Honors, and Comprehensive Classes are weighted on a 4 point scale

  • Eligibility in Sports and Extracurricular and/or Co-curricular activities are based on academic performance

  • Placement in honors, advanced, and advanced placement classes and awards that will be listed on the college application

  • All grades, courses, and credits earned will be listed on your TRANSCRIPT!

Hints for a campus visit

Schedule visits on teacher

in-service days and spring break

Make an appointment for your tour

Visit In-session

Stay overnight when possible

Include your parents

Meet with an admissions officer

Verify admissions requirements

Discuss your chances for success

Obtain a school calendar and catalogue

Determine college costs

Ask about financial aid opportunities

Ask about student/teacher ratio for freshmen

Ask about Honors Programs

Meet with faculty

Ask questions about academic requirements and offerings

Attend a class

Ask about placement record

Identify career-planning services

Tour the campus/classrooms/labs

Tour the dorms/dining facilities

Tour the recreational facilities

Tour the city or town

Talk to students

Find out about student activities

Inquire about campus life

Investigate transportation options

Keep note about your visit

Write thank you notes

Hints For A Campus Visit

How to be successful
How To Be Successful

  • Push yourself to take classes that reflect as strong and as rigorous an academic curriculum that you can handle successfully

  • Unplug yourself from the Internet and TV.

  • Learn to develop your “intellectual appetite”

  • Make moves to be independent NOW!

Get involved
Get Involved …

  • Find your passion and follow it! Develop yourself as a leader in that area if possible

  • Select school activities that will demonstrate your passion or leadership in the subject areas you are passionate about

  • Discover what is available in the community, your church, scouting, recreational sports, charitable organizations, etc. that will enhance your experience and resume

  • Volunteer as much as you can

Monitor academic progress
Monitor Academic Progress

  • Do not assume that someone will contact you if there is a problem with your academic progress

  • Keep in contact with your teachers and your counselors

  • Develop strong study skills and time management techniques

  • Work on building a strong vocabulary and refine your ability to speak in public

  • READ, READ, and READ more! Practice and refine your talents

  • Turn all assignments in on time!

  • Know when progress reports and grades will be mailed home

  • Take advantage of as many educational enrichment activities as you can - summer workshops, camps, honor symposiums, leadership seminars, etc.

  • Build your college resume by engaging in a well rounded balance of academically rigorous classes, athletic participation, participation in the arts, membership in worthwhile clubs, leadership positions, community service activities, and giving of your time for the betterment of mankind

Finding the balance plan ahead
Finding the Balance … Plan Ahead!

  • With the everyday stresses of being a student, making good grades, meeting new friends, making choices and decisions, becoming involved in activities, etc… it is important to find the PROPER BALANCE.

  • Each student, with the help of parents, teachers, and counselors, must find that balance. Remember, don’t over extend yourself, but aim to reach your fullest POTENTIAL!

  • Plan Ahead - develop appropriate relationships with your counselor and those teachers you will be asking to write your letters of recommendation - they need to know who you are now so they can speak highly of you in comparison to other students they have known throughout their career.

  • Identify special characteristics about yourself that set you apart from other students who have the same GPA and Test Scores.

  • Clean up your Facebook and Myspace accounts now! 25% of all colleges and universities now look at your accounts when making college admission decisions.

Denver scholarship foundation
Denver Scholarship Foundation

The Denver Scholarship Foundation inspires and empowers Denver Public School students to achieve their post-secondary goals by providing the tools, knowledge and financial resources essential for success.

  • …for DPS graduates who

  • are enrolled in DPS high school by October 1

    all four years of high school

  • have a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A

  • have financial need

  • decide to enroll in Colorado colleges

  • Awards are based on financial eligibility (FAFSA), school choice, and enrollment (full-time or part-time)

  • Scholars could receive an award up to $5000 annually, for as many as 5 years

    Stop by the Future Center, room 300 for more information

Dsf scholarship directory
DSF Scholarship Directory

Main page, left side

Grade level scholarship list

It s up to you
It’s Up to YOU!!

So, What will your legacy be?

The time is NOW!