BusinessConnect students were welcomed by Denver Public Schools’ Finance Department for a CareerX Job Exploration Event on Tuesday. ¬ The event started with¬ students learning that the number one skill DPS Finance looks for in job candidates is Critical Thinking. BusinessConnect students were then split up into teams and¬ worked together on¬ the identical¬ budgeting exercise that potential job candidates are required to complete for an interview. ¬ Once students were equipped with some basic budgeting skills, they were then tasked with creating a school budget by making deductions, additions and neutral decisions to bring about positive results for the school population. ¬ Everyone was highly engaged and walked away with a better understanding of how difficult it is to make a good budget. ¬ If you have any questions about this CareerX Event, please contact Gideon Geisel, Pathway Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
MedConnect students became Residents at Kaiser Permanente during their CareerX Job Exploration event last week. ¬ During their time at Kaiser, students were tasked with diagnosing a fictitious patient complaining of knee pain. ¬ Students met with doctors, lab technicians, physical therapists and nutritionists to create a treatment plan for the patient. ¬ It was a great experience for all the promising young doctors attending. ¬ If you would like to know more about this or any CareerX event, please speak with CareerConnect Pathway Director Gideon Geisel at email@example.com
GWHS BusinessConnect students attended a CareerX Job Exploration event at Wells Fargo on Thursday, April 14, 2016. ¬ Wells Fargo created a fantastic half day experience that exposed students to creating a real budget based on Wells Fargo salaries, understanding how to make realistic personal, professional and financial goals, as well as attending a small group session on Attributes for Success with Area President Keith Lobis. ¬ Students walked away incredibly excited about the day, and for one senior, he felt really good about having a solid¬ financial plan for his first year of college. ¬ If you would like to hear more about the CareerX event, please reach out to CareerConnect Pathway Director Gideon Geisel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest Airlines hosted BusinessConnect students from George Washington High School on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Denver International Airport. The CareerX Job Exploration Event exposed students to the various operational elements that go into making Southwest Airlines successful at DIA. The Station Manager, HR Partners, Ramp Managers and Chief Pilots were wonderful hosts and role models for the students. They focused much of the event on reinforcing the importance of Soft Skills such as positive attitude, team work, communication, giving your best, on-time attendance¬ and allowing your passion to show¬ through your work-ethic.
BusinessConnect students were given up close and hands-on access to the ramp and aircraft while developing a better understanding of all the aviation careers that exist. ¬ If you would like to hear more about the Southwest Airlines CareerX event, please speak to or email CareerConnect Pathway Director Gideon Geisel at email@example.com.
Last week during school-wide Professional Development, CareerConnect instructors Randy Shepler, Sam Barotz and Stephanie Spiris presented data on Soft Skills implementation in their classrooms. ¬ The presentation which can be¬ viewed here,¬ described how CareerConnect is devoting small amounts of time each week to allow students the opportunity to learn about and reflect on a different Soft Skill to better prepare them not only for the Precision Exams 21st Century Success Skill Assessment in April, but for post secondary readiness as well. ¬ GWHS BusinessConnect and MedConnect staff¬ are appreciative of the opportunity to share such important data and messaging to the entire school. ¬ If you would like to learn more, please ask a CareerConnect staff member.
CareerX Industry Exploration Events are a cornerstone of the CareerConnect programming at George Washington High School. ¬ Ensuring that Business and MedConnect students have the opportunity to gain valuable industry exposure¬ early in their high school careers not only increases their engagement with school, but their career literacy as well. ¬ This spring, students will visit Wells Fargo, Southwest Airlines, Craig Hospital, Kaiser Skyline and DPS Finance to name a few. ¬ Please check back for updates and insight on how the CareerX visits went.
Increasing Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities at George
Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, students enrolled in GWHS BusinessConnect classes will have the opportunity to earn community college credit through Arapahoe Community College. Ms. Sarah Ozee and Mr. Randy Shepler have been granted adjunct status for the upcoming school year. This exciting announcement will allow any student enrolled in High School of Business Wealth Management, Principles of Business or Business Economics to earn 3 credits for each class, which will be transferable to any college or university. Students who complete BusinessConnect‚Äôs High School of Business have the ability to earn up to 12 community college credits, which will make them Ascent eligible. To learn more about Ascent, click here.¬†If you would like to learn more, contact Mr. Geisel.
Just Announced! MedConnect Class to Count for Science Credit Next Year
Starting next school year, students enrolled in Project Lead The Way Principles of Bio Sciences will earn science elective credit. This is the first course in MedConnect‚Äôs Project Lead The Way course sequence, and it is available to any 10th or 11th grade student. If you are interested in a research science or pre-med focus in college, this is the course for you! Please see Mr. Geisel or Ms. Spiris with any questions.
Alex Egbune Featured in ¬†BusinessConnect Video
GHWS BusinessConnect sophomore, Alex ‚ÄúChigo‚ÄĚ Egbune was recently featured in a new video promoting the benefits of enrolling in a BusinessConnect class. Thank you for inspiring others, Chigo! You do a wonderful job of representing BusinessConnect and speaking of the real world skills you will acquire in order to be successful!
BusinessConnect and AVID Students Hosted By Pinnacol Assurance
On Wednesday December 2nd, Pinnacol Assurance hosted BusinessConnect and AVID students for a half day. While there, students participated in mock interviews conducted by Pinnacol employees. The students were engaged and took full advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate their 21st¬†Century Success Skills by actively listening, dressing for success and utilizing their public speaking skills.