CareerConnect News

  • CareerConnect Round Up – Presentations and Upcoming Events

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    John Chapman IV from the clothing company Lawrence and Larimer came to speak to Ms. Ozee’s BusinessConnect classes last week in preparation for the launch of their second project. During the engaging presentation, John spoke about the importance of taking risks, asking questions, and communication – because you never know who might be listening. Using what they learned from the presentation, students will now begin researching the local business of their choice. The project’s culmination will be a Day of Presentation in December, during which students will share their findings with the local business. If you are interested in being an audience member during the day of presentation, let Gideon Geisel ( know.

    MedConnect and BusinessConnect 9th grade students are preparing for a busy November, as they will have multiple industry engagement events to attend to. Craig Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Denver Public Schools Finance Department, and UCD Cadaver Lab will be hosting GWHS students to highlight not only what they do at their respective places of business, but also what education and experiences along the way will help students achieve their dreams. Stay tuned and follow our Facebook page to learn more.


  • Students Connect with Local Business Leaders

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    GWHS BusinessConnect HSoB students engaged with local leaders to learn about business activities and careers for their Business to the Rescue semester projects. Thank you to DPS Finance, Domoto Brands LLC, Johns Manville, Mettle Ventures and Empowercom for your commitment to the growth of our students.

    Next week, CareerConnect is excited to announce our inaugural launch of CareerCoach for our MedConnect students with Anschutz Medical Campus. CareerCoach is a a student-industry 1-1 mentoring program that will last the course of the year. Twice a month, more than 20 students will meet with their coach both at GW and Anschutz Medical Campus to discuss career/educational aspirations, goals and to discover what life is like on the medical campus.

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  • Patriot Powers Company Spotlight

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    This week’s Patriot Power Partner Company is submitted to us by Heidi Crum. Heidi is not only a Proud Patriot Mother, but the Chief Financial Officer for Quintess as well. Quintess is a luxury travel agency that provides access to multimillion-dollar homes that offer spacious havens for true relaxation all around the world. Thank you for taking the time for defining the Patriot Powers in your organization. If you are interested in defining the Patriot Powers in your organization, please do so HERE.

    Attitude: Keeping calm under pressure. Especially in meetings where one or more people may get heated if they don’t feel heard or understood. It’s important in those instances to try to help the team stay focused and find a solution. So focusing on possible solves instead of all of the roadblocks is important in the right attitude as a leader.

    Professionalism: Dress professionally. Do not wear stained or ripped clothes or body-baring clothes to the office. Dress comfortably, but nicely. Never use curse words in a professional setting – it’s inappropriate and also makes you look dumb. Say please and thank you to your co-workers. Smile and look people in the eye. Even though you may be super busy with work, take the time to say hello and once a day (or maybe once a week) take the time to ask other employees how they are? Be interested in other people

  • Welcome Back CareerConnect

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    crimescene (1)Welcome back CareerConnect! I want to begin by congratulating our GWHS CareerConnect CareerLaunch Intern participants. This summer saw 26 GWHS students intern with some of Denver’s leading employers such as Denver Health, Pinnacol Assurance, CO Veterans Home, Delta Dental, 1st Bank and DPS CareerConnect, all with incredibly positive results. In fact, 96% of CareerLaunch participants said they would recommend CareerLaunch to a peer! With results like that, I am ready to begin a second straight year of bringing exciting work-based opportunities to our students. Follow our GWHS CareerConnect Facebook page at as new partners will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Joining Sarah Ozee and Sam Barotz from GWHS BusinessConnect for the 2016-2017 school year is Mr. Greg Kaplan, who will be leading our MedConnect program. He brings his Biomedical passion to George Washington from Orlando, Florida and already has his students engaged in a crime scene investigation as part of Unit 1 in our new Project Lead The Way Principles of Biomedical Science class. This project based class will reinforce prior learning and prepare students for diverse opportunities in the medical science field.

    As a reminder, please mark your calendar and visit the GWHS CareerConnect Team during Back To School Night on September 7th. We look forward to another engaging school year and preparing students for success in the college or career of their choosing. You can always find updates on our webpage at If you have any questions or would like to learn about opportunities to further support CareerConnect, please contact Gideon Geisel, Pathway Director at or 720-423-8609.


  • BusinessConnect Students Learn to Build a School Budget

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    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

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  • MedConnect Students Excel During Kaiser Med School Residency

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    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 gideon_geisel@dpsk12.org20160420_103801 20160420_101957_001 20160420_090428 20160420_090238 20160420_090119 20160420_090117

  • BusinessConnect Cashes in on Future With Wells Fargo

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    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





  • BusinessConnect Soars to New Heights With Southwest Airlines

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    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

    Captain Sanders preparing for take off

    Captain Sanders preparing for take off


    BusinessConnect preparing to board at C46


    BusinessConnect on the ramp


    Learning about where the bags go once unloaded from the aircraft


    Did you know that the fuel gets stored in the wings?


    Southwest Chief Pilot explaining what happens in the cockpit


    CareerConnect Pathway Director Gideon Geisel in the right seat of a Boeing 737 living out a dream.


    BusinessConnect student U. Sanders experiencing an airplane for the firs time


    BusinessConnect and Southwest Airlines teamed up for an amazing CareerX event


    BusinessConnect student A. Egbune learning about the ramp

  • CareerConnect Presents on Soft Skills to GWHS Staff

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    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.

    MedConnect and BusinessConnect presenting to the GWHS staff on Soft Skills

    MedConnect and BusinessConnect presenting to the GWHS staff on Soft Skills

  • Spring CareerX Events Ramping Up for GWHS CareerConnect Students

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    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.