CareerConnect News

  • CareerConnect Round Up – May 8, 2018

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    CareerConnect Round Up – May 8, 2018

    CareerConnect students have had a year full of positive and powerful engagement with industry and institutions of higher learning! Over the past two weeks, more than twenty students who have been engaged in the year-long CareerCoach Mentoring program with Anschutz Medical Campus and United Airlines presented their final projects during individual celebration events. Students presented their pathways to college and career success based on the guidance and conversations they had with their mentors over the school year. Many students reflected that because of the mentorship experience, they were now considering a different career than what they originally wanted to study.

    CareerConnect has had fantastic support and collaboration from the City of Denver Offices of Economic Development and Workforce Services since our program’s inception three years ago.  As part of this partnership, GWHS hosted the City of Denver Retail Partnership Monthly Meeting in the GW Library on Wednesday, May 9.  Representatives from featured employers Elitch Gardens, Sheraton Denver, and Stonebridge Properties presented to CareerConnect and AVID students about career opportunities in the hospitality industry, skills that they look for in applicants, and ways to start applying for job openings as young as 16 years old.  It was a engaging event, and demonstrated of the importance of having a strong relationship between industry professionals and George Washington High School.

    Congratulations to the nearly forty students who recently participated in Skills Training to prepare for their summer CareerLaunch Internships. GWHS is also collaborating with West High School to send an additional five MedConnect students to a summer CNA program, where they will have the opportunity to earn their CO state licenses.

    Thank you to all who have supported the CareerConnect program this year! Providing students with relevant partnerships and opportunities for engagement is what guarantees success in college and career. If you have any questions, please contact Pathway Director Gideon Geisel at


  • CareerConnect Round Up – March 21, 2018

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    CareerConnect Round Up – March 21, 2018

    Ms. Ozee’s High School of Business students completed their most recent project by presenting to an audience of industry professionals, including Stanley Marketplace and the City of Denver Office of Economic Development. Over the last four weeks, students learned about responsible development, innovative practices, and strategies to bring different communities together. Students proposed several innovative businesses to Stanley, including a cultural DIY art studio, an activity space specializing in serving people with disabilities, a comic book store, and a men’s clothing boutique. The top presenters will be invited to the April Retail Sector Partner Meeting to share their proposals with managers from some of Denver’s top businesses.

    Being able to sell yourself and having a personal brand is a top skill that most Colorado employers look for in potential employees. Over the last three weeks, students from Mr. Barotz’s Accounting Class have been meeting one on one with Mr. Geisel to share their Personal Elevator Speeches. These Meaningful Career Conversations are designed not only to help students practice the art of the pitch, but also to give students the opportunity to share their skills, goals, and plans for life after high school. Providing students with an authentic opportunity to share their ICAP is an action step on the school’s UIP, and Mr. Geisel was thrilled to engage with students in such a positive and productive way.

    Lastly, CareerConnect is preparing close to 40 students to participate in summer CareerLaunch Internships. Over the last two weeks, students participated in a 16-hour Traits of a Young Professional workshop, ensuring that all students have support and a strong foundation before stepping into the professional environments of their internships. GWHS students performed incredibly well and will do an amazing job supporting the medical and business sectors with Denver’s top employers! We can’t wait to hear about their experiences.

    If you have any questions about CareerConnect, please contact Gideon Geisel at or 720-423-8609.


  • CareerConnect Round Up – February 22, 2018

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    CareerConnect Round Up – February 22, 2018

    Our CareerConnect students have had a busy and engaging couple of weeks! Some of the highlights included:

    College Visits
    We were fortunate enough to take both our CareerCoach mentoring cohorts on college visits to the University of Colorado Denver and Boulder campuses. Our students received a warm welcome, and had the opportunity to attend guest panels, take extensive tours, and enjoy a guest lecture by a professor from the Leeds School of Business.

    Classroom Visits
    Mr. Barotz took his Accounting Class to the Denver Green School so that they could teach 8th graders the Accounting Equation through video and example. It was a fantastic visit, and our students learned the value in simplifying complicated material into accessible examples. We certainly can’t wait to return next year.

    Work Based Learning
    We took nearly 60 High School of Business Students to Stanley Marketplace in Stapleton to launch their next classroom project and learn about responsible development. During the visit, we were given an in-depth tour and participated in a Q+A session with the founders of Stanley, Mark Shaker and Bryant Palmer. Students learned a lot and asked great questions, especially on the topic of bridging two different communities through Stanley. Be on the lookout for the presentation dates on our Facebook page. This particular project is unlike anything we have done before, and you certainly won’t want to miss it.

    Additionally, students visited Cascade Physical Therapy in an engaging CareerX event for our Intro to Health Careers students. Cascade, unlike other Physical Therapy offices, has a focus on athletes and performance, which had an extra impact on our students. During the morning session, students met a fictitious patient who tore their ACL and learned what the patient’s treatment plan would look like through the three stages of recovery. One of the highlights was definitely seeing students physically participating in the various tests that are used to determine if an athlete is ready to return to participation.

    If you have any questions about CareerConnect, please reach out to Pathway Director, Gideon Geisel, at



  • CareerConnect Round Up – December 7, 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – December 7, 2017

    George Washington High School CareerConnect students have had fantastic industry engagement since their return from Fall Break! On Monday, Ms. Ozee’s Introduction to Business classes presented their Business Profiles to several industry partners, including the City of Denver Office of Economic Development and clothing retailer Lawrence & Larimer. Having an authentic audience of business professionals made the presentation experience all the more valuable for our students.

    Earlier this week, Marketing Students had the opportunity to engage in a CareerX Job Exploration event with Western Union at their South Denver Headquarters. In this uniquely tailored event, students learned about the different elements of Western Union’s international business and branding, which culminated in a marketing challenge. As the hometown sponsor of the Denver Nuggets, Western Union has time during Nuggets games to run promotions. The Senior Manager of Marketing challenged our students to come up with the next round of promotions, which will start in late January. The ideas our students generated were innovative enough that Western Union will be taking them to the Nuggets for vetting. If one of our students’ promotions is chosen, we will be invited to a game to see the kick-off.

    Lastly, GW students have completed the culminating document of their last group project in Marketing. Students studied different elements of marketing, including promotional mix and channel distribution. To apply their new knowledge, students studied cell phone carriers, and researched the various elements as they related to each carrier. Please refer to their handy comparison chart HERE when making your next phone choice!


  • CareerConnect Round Up – November 15, 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – November 15, 2017

    CareerLaunch Internship Update
    Last week, GWHS CareerConnect was pleased to host parents and students for a showcase highlighting student internships from Summer 2017. It was a great opportunity for Interns to share their experiences and college and career goals to an interested audience. Our next CareerLaunch informational event will be held in late January or early February. If you missed the showcase, but are interested in learning about CareerLaunch Internships, please email Gideon Geisel at

    Intro to Health Career students received a surprise visit on Monday from the Denver Police Department Crime Lab. During the demonstration, students learned about the many possible careers in forensic science, and practiced swabbing for DNA and dusting for finger prints. This was an especially exciting opportunity for the several MedConnect students interested in pursuing forensic science as a career.

    Earlier this week, BusinessConnect 9th graders visited First Bank Headquarters to learn about banking operations and company culture. During this CareerX event, our First Bank hosts introduced students to elements of retail banking, the importance of building credit, and what an innovative and technological workplace feels like. Our students received another example of what strong industry engagement can do for them in the long run, and many left the visit asking how they could get an internship at such a great company!

    Finally, parents and industry partners are invited to BusinessConnect Principles of Business Student Presentations on Monday, December 4th. Students are researching businesses and creating business profiles. Please read more and RSVP HERE to be an important part of creating an authentic audience. There are 3 time slots available.


  • CareerConnect Round Up – October 31, 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – October 31, 2017

    Last week, all of Mr. Barotz’s 9th Grade BusinessConnect Advisory classes visited the Kansas City Federal Reserve Denver Branch for an engaging CareerX Job Exploration event. During their time at the Fed, students learned about the functions of the Bank, as well as bank-related skills that can lead to employment. Students also got to see millions of dollars deposited by the banks in a matter of minutes, one of the highlights of the trip.

    In an exciting development, Metro State University in Denver announced that students who complete classes through the GWHS BusinessConnect High School of Business and decide to attend MSU Denver will be eligible to earn 7 college credits, good towards several different degrees. This is an amazing opportunity for our students! Please see the Press Release HERE for more information.

    Finally, please mark your calendars for the First Annual CareerConnect CareerLaunch Internship Student Showcase and Information Night. Students will be sharing their experiences and offering advice to their peers on next steps for participating in upcoming Summer 2018 opportunities. The event will be on November 8, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm in the cafeteria. Please RSVP HERE.


  • CareerConnect Round Up – October 4, 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – October 4, 2017

    MedConnect students kicked off their year with the first CareerX event of the school year, hosted by Craig Hospital. During their day at Craig, participants visited a number of different departments to learn about behind-the-scenes functions and possible pathways to degrees and jobs in the hospital. While they explored, students tested out robotic arms, observed a Wheelchair Rugby practice, and met many Olympians who shared their personal stories.

    BusinessConnect just finished a busy few weeks after hosting the 2nd Annual Small Group Business Leader Roundtable in the library. Not only did we have twice the number of student participants as last year’s event, but our business partners doubled as well! Students spent a valuable hour learning about the 9 Functions of Business from professionals, an important perspective as they prepare for presentations to elementary students at Denver Green School next week.

    Additionally, BusinessConnect 9th graders had the pleasure of visiting the Corporate Offices of American Furniture Warehouse, hosted by CEO Jake Jabs, for an engaging CareerX job exploration trip. The group toured various departments of the successful Colorado furniture company, and Mr. Jabs took time to speak with our business students and share his knowledge. Though there were no tigers on the tour, GWHS is very grateful for American Furniture Warehouse’s partnership.

    To learn more about CareerConnect, or to become a partner, please contact Pathway Director Gideon Geisel ( for more information.



  • CareerConnect Round Up – September 7, 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – September 7, 2017

    Welcome back, parents and students! The CareerConnect team is excited to jump into the new school year and to continue to provide access to great programming for our students. GWHS CareerConnect had a successful summer, placing nearly 50 students in CareerLaunch Internships across the city with some of the city’s top employers. Not only did our students have great experiences, but our very own April McMullen was awarded Intern of the Year honors.

    Additionally, in a first for our MedConnect program, we enrolled five students to Emily Griffith Technical College to train and become Certified Nursing Assistants. Their state exam is right around the corner, and once the exams are complete, we look forward to many of them being employed in a local hospital or facility.

    Lastly, I wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate BusinessConnect Senior, Tyla Bryant. Ms. Bryant is an incredibly talented student who has made a video about what her several years participating in CareerConnect have meant to her. Enjoy her video HERE, and encourage your child to learn more about the amazing opportunities available to them to help achieve college and career success.

  • GWHS MedConnect Celebrates Inaugural CNA Cohort

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    GWHS MedConnect Celebrates Inaugural CNA Cohort

    As summer winds down, GWHS CareerConnect would like to take a moment to congratulate our 5 MedConnect students who participated in the inaugural CNA cohort at Emily Griffith Technical College. Maude Pointet, Richard Zamora, Sandra Afful, Brianna Aguilar and Vanessa Martinez-Ramirez have dedicated their entire summer to college classes and clinical experiences to prepare themselves to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant Certification. They will be taking their Colorado State Board Exams in the next week or so and will become the very first Patriot CNAs! Please congratulate them on their amazing accomplishment.


  • GW MedConnect Student Earns Intern of the Year Award

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    87783F03-1GWHS MedConnect Sophomore, April McMullen was awarded 2017 DPS CareerLaunch Intern of Year award by Mayor Michael Hancock during the CareerLaunch Internship Celebration at Sports Authority Field on July 21st, 2017. April was one of almost 300 DPS CareerConnect students participating in summer internships across the city. April’s internship was at Kindred Senior Living, where she worked with residents in a variety of ways including in the dining hall and became an integral part of the community. Residents and guests reported that she always approached her job with a positive attitude and was able to help residents advocate for themselves as well. Her own stated goal was to “make sure I do my job to the best of my ability so that the residents feel cared for.” Additionally, April managed her own life professionally, responding to all communication quickly, keeping her paperwork in order and consistently reaching out with complex questions to help her better understand her position.

    Receiving this award meant the world to April and she takes enormous pride in her work, as she dreams of working in the field of Forensic Science.