CareerConnect News

  • 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.


  • CareerConnect Round Up – April 20, 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – April 20, 2017

    CareerConnect has been busy this week, as testing has ended and our team is getting back into Project Based Learning mode. In Mr. Kaplan’s MedConnect Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science class, students began a quick unit on the heart. Mr. Kaplan led his students in dissecting a heart. During the unit, students learned about the structures of the heart, described blood flow, and had additional time to explore this amazing muscle.

    We are excited to announce that students from Mr. Barotz’s Wealth Management class will be collaborating with students from Mr. Kaplan’s Principles of Biomedical Science class to host participants for a morning of Health and Credit Card Check-Ups for adults. Please join us in the GWHS Library on Thursday, May 11 from 7:30am – 9:00am for 30 minute small group presentations from our students to inform adults on heart health and credit card safety. Please sign-up for a time slot HERE.

    Please find us on Facebook HERE or email Pathway Director Gideon Geisel at for more details.



  • CareerConnect Round Up – April 5, 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – April 5, 2017

    Before spring break, almost 50 GWHS CareerConnect students participated in a Skills Training Conference over the course of two days. The goal of the conference was to introduce and fine tune students’ understanding of the professional workplace environment as they prepare to interview for their summer CareerLaunch Internships. Our Business and MedConnect students engaged with the content, and are ready to use the skills they’ve learned to perform at a high level. Interviews with partner companies take place later this month, and we expect all students to be matched with an internship for the summer.

    In other exciting news, GWHS BusinessConnect has been selected for the second straight year as the candidate school for the Mayor’s Operation Perfect Beginnings Summer Program. This unique opportunity pairs entrepreneurial-minded 9th grade students with some of Denver’s leading business leaders to be mentored and guided in creating a business proposal. What makes this program so incredible is that candidates will be placed with industries they are passionate about. Last year’s participants were interested in fashion and graphic design. I can’t wait to see where our students’ passion leads them this year!

    If you are interested in partnering or learning more about CareerConnect, please contact Gideon Geisel at



  • CareerConnect Round Up – March 2017

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    CareerConnect Round Up – March 2017

    February has been a busy month for CareerConnect. Our CareerX Job Exploration events have seasonally slowed down, but we were fortunate to partner with LinkedIn to offer students 3 hours of personalized instruction from LinkedIn staff to teach students the importance of networking, building a personal brand, and having a post-secondary plan. Students completed the first session by activating a LinkedIn account and creating a personal summary statement. Students reported that the summary statement was easy to complete because it was identical to the elevator speeches they write and deliver in class on Fridays.

    High School of Business Economics’ students held their second Day of Presentation to industry partners and stakeholders. Students were tasked with developing innovation and decision-making skills as they determined the best use for a vacant property in the neighborhood. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to practice their presentation skills and communicate their ideas clearly. We’re grateful to our audience – participants from Denver’s Office of Economic Development, Southwest Airlines, Johns Manville, Councilwoman Marybeth Susman, and GWHS parent and mentor Maggie Miller, to name a few – for taking the time to help our students grow, and for providing an authentic experience.



  • CareerConnect Round Up – January 30, 2017

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    Last week, GWHS BusinessConnect took 26 students for a CareerX Job Exploration event with United Airlines at Denver International Airport. During this incredibly engaging event, students participated in problem solving scenarios involving operations, a tour of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner bound for Tokyo, and a Question and Answer session with airline operations. We definitely look forward to future collaboration with United Airlines.

    Last week was also the first session back for our CareerCoach Mentors from Anschutz Medical Campus. Students and their mentors reengaged after the long break, discussing Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP), as well as continuing to work on their projects for presentation in May. We are excited to announce that GWHS CareerCoach participants will also be going on three campus visits to learn more about education and careers in the Life Sciences. We will be visiting the UCD Biomed Campus, CCD Health Campus at Lowry, and Anschutz Medical Campus throughout the semester.

    In a one of its kind experience, DPS has announced that DPS CareerConnect will be launching the CareerResidency in Fall of 2017. Students will have the opportunity to earn money, industry credentials, college credit, and work experiences through the CareerResidency. If you are interested, please visit the CareerResidency website HERE.

    If you would like to learn more about CareerConnect and the different program opportunities, including hosting an intern, please contact Gideon Geisel at or 720-423-8609.



  • CareerConnect Round Up – December 2016

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    Last week, GWHS BusinessConnect High School of Business students finished off their second projects, Business Biographies, by hosting a student showcase and presenting to peers and members of the business community. Students created presentation mediums such as websites, videos, brochures, and handouts that not only told the story of the business, but also answered key questions about the environment they function in. It was a great opportunity for students to receive feedback from local business owners in order to improve on their presentation and preparation skills for next semester.

    Business Connect Future Choice Students had the fantastic opportunity to be invited to Pinnacol Assurance for mock interview practice. More than 40 students dressed professionally for the event. Students prepared resumes and were interviewed in small group and individual sessions. Pinnacol is a wonderful partner, and we are proud to offer our CareerConnect students real life skills and opportunities to prepare them for life after high school.

    If you have any questions about CareerConnect or how to become a partner, please reach out to Gideon Geisel, Pathway Director, at



  • CareerConnect Round Up – Student Elevator Speeches

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    CareerConnect Round Up – Student Elevator Speeches

    Presenting yourself is not just a Patriot Power, it’s one of the most important skills that our students need to acquire, helping them with everything from class presentations to job interviews. To give students practice presenting themselves professionally and confidently, GWHS CareerConnect has made the student elevator speech a priority. Every Friday, one student in each CareerConnect class presents their personal brand to their classmates. Our first participants came from Mr. Barotz’s Business Classes, where they spoke about the importance of preparation, confidence, eye contact, and teamwork, whether in the job or on the field. We are thrilled with this new bite-sized instructional practice that will absolutely pay huge dividends in the success of our students!