Career Connect Team

High Tech Early College Audio Production

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Jennifer Hochmiller High Tech Early College CareerConnect Director

Jennifer Hochmiller

Assistant Principal & CareerConnect Director

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
University of Northern Colorado – BS Secondary Math Education
University of Colorado Denver – Administrative Leadership & Policy Studies Licensure

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
Teacher at Montbello High School and High Tech Early College since 2010 (math, English language development, & special education), & Financial Coach for my own business called The Money Bug.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
In all of my educational experience, I’ve never seen such a high level of engagement and life ignited in our students, than through the programming that CareerConnect has brought. The level of high-quality work product and pride that pours out of these classrooms is something I feel so privileged to have a greater intimacy with this next year, and I’m excited to see the momentum that’s been built continue to grow.

CONTACT:
Phone: 720-424-2507
Email: jennifer_hochmiller@dpsk12.org@dpsk12.org

 

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Emily Takimoto

Work-Based Learning Coordinator

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
University of British Columbia – BA in Social Geography

CAREER EXPERIENCE:
This is Emily’s third year with working with the CareerConnect program. She manages the work-based learning programs, including: CareerX, CareerCoach and CareerLaunch, as well as the new CareerResidency Youth Apprenticeship program.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Emily is motivated by her passion to ensure our students are equipped with the skills and experience to be college and career ready!

CONTACT:
Phone: 720-424-2529
Email: emily_takimoto@dpsk12.org

 

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Ben Thompson

Audio Production CreativeConnect Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
Colorado State University – BS Physics Education

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
I used to run a not for profit recording studio called Alphabet Recording Studio, still engineer people’s records for money, and make music for enjoyment.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
I get to be around kids and make music all day, which is utterly fascinating. I’m never ever bored, and it combines all my favorite things.

WEBSITES:
Audio Production Class Website 
HTEC Audio Production SoundCloud
Denver Youth Music Awards

CONTACT:
Email: benjamin_thompson@dpsk12.org

 

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Steve Wiant

Graphic Design CreativeConnect Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
Ohio University – BS Visual Communications in Informational Graphics & Publication Design, Art Minor, Advertising Specialization
Ohio University – MA Visual Communication in Interactive Multimedia Design

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
I have worked for a variety of national and local companies and businesses through my own design company called Antelope Creative Designs for the past 15 years.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Sharing my interest in design with the students, and also making them understand they’re capable of a career with an interest in the arts. Some of my students are already realizing at a young age that they can make money selling their work and working for clients, which is exiting.

WEBSITES:
Graphic Design Class Website
Personal Website

CONTACT:
Email: steve_wiant@dpsk12.org

 

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John Maurer

BusinessConnect Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
Western State Colorado University – BA Business Administration
Colorado State University – MBA
University of Wisconsin Madison – Graduate School of Banking
CU Denver – IPTE Urban Education

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
I was Senior Vice President for First Bank.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Helping people connect growth, passion, and learning with opportunity in a future of excitement, challenge, and fulfillment.

CONTACT:
Email: john_maurer@dpsk12.org

 

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Matt Lapaire

EngineeringConnect & Robotics Pathway

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
North Carolina State University – BS Chemical Engineering, BS Paper Science

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
 I was a process engineer with Georgia Pacific Paper in Cedar Springs, GA.

WHAT EXCITES ME ABOUT THIS WORK:
Creation is the highest aspiration of mankind, so seeing students wrestle with the challenges of turning their ideas into reality is highly rewarding to facilitate.  I enjoy using my own experiences to inform their learning, and with that mindset I’m always looking to learn too.

CONTACT:
Email: matthew_lapaire@dpsk12.org