Career Connect

What is DPS CareerConnect?Denver Public Schools Career Connect is a comprehensive program available at High Tech Early College offering students engaging, relevant courses while connecting them with companies and colleges for hands-on workplace experiences and mentoring.

Why should a student take a DPS CareerConnect course?The program equips graduates with high-demand skills and leads to opportunities for continued education and careers in some of Colorado’s highest-growth, highest-opportunity industries.


High Tech Early College currently offers the following CareerConnect Programs:


Pathways Offered at HTEC: Graphic Design, Audio Production

CreativeConnect Program: As a leader in the creative industries, Colorado is the perfect place to connect DPS students with careers in the arts.  Courses include everything from graphic design to performing arts.  Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry-recognized certifications such as the Adobe Creative Suite while in high school.  Denver Public Schools CreativeConnect Program Page

Students from HTEC learn about the design process during a job shadow at Universal Mind.
Students from HTEC learn about the design process during a job shadow at Universal Mind.




Pathways Offered at HTEC: Business

BusinessConnect Program: BusinessConnect prepares graduates to become tomorrow’s business leaders. Courses may include introduction to business, web page design, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications such as the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). Denver Public Schools BusinessConnect Program Page




Pathways Offered at HTEC: Computer Science, Robotics

TechConnect Program: Prepares students for a wide variety of careers including but not limited to software engineers, robotics technicians, IT support, and web designers. Students may have the chance to receive college credit and industry certifications such as A+ certification.  Denver Public Schools TechConnect Program Page




Pathways Offered at HTEC: Engineering

EngineeringConnect ProgramEngineeringConnect leverages nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum to provide rigorous, project-based classes designed to mold future problem solvers.  Students from this program will have numerous opportunities for college credit while still in high school and may even have the chance to receive preferential admissions to various engineering programs at Colorado universities. Denver Public Schools EngineeringConnect Program Page




AceConnect Program:ACEConnect is both a CareerConnect pathway and complementary program providing additional or tailored services to prepare students identified as special populations in Career & Technical Education to be successful in career and life by ensuring that they are workforce-ready. Students may choose to enter any industry, and ACEConnect helps them to build the work habits,  as well as the collaboration and technical skills that align with their chosen career and industry focus. Denver Public Schools AceConnect Program Page