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Career Start

Welcome to Career Start

We are excited to have you attend our program for the 2022-223 school year!
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Career Start Parent Night

Thank you for attending the Career Start Parent Night. 

If you were unable to attend, please reach out to the High School Programs office with any questions that you may have.

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Program Options

Program Options

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Check with your high school counselors. Determining what specific credit is earned through Career Start varies from high school to high school.

Explore each program's descriptions. It explains what types of skills, interests, and possible careers that tie to that program. Discuss your top choices with your high school counselor and ask them if you can attend a Career Start student visit day. During the visit, you'll get a chance to meet the instructor(s), review the curriculum, and get a glimpse of what the program can offer you.

Depending on the program, you have the opportunity to earn anywhere from 10 to 25 credit hours a year! However, how much credit earned is dependent on the student. A certain grade and performance level is necessary for college credit.

All your credits will be available as a student at PPSC. If you continue with your Career Start program at the collegiate level, you'll have a great head start and be able to graduate early.

Each high school has particular criteria for their Career Start students. Career Start has specific criteria for certain programs as well, which can be found in their program description. Students who have initiative, the ability to self-advocate, and interest in their program area are likely to succeed at Career Start.

Career Start does not guarantee direct job placement; however, some programs have internship and work opportunities as part of the program. All programs have a business and industry advisory committee, made up of community employers and practitioners of that field. It is through those committees and current internship placements that many students and instructors learn about available positions.

Again, it all depends on you! Work hard, complete both the academic and practical learning experiences, and use this as an opportunity to get ahead!

If you are on the waitlist for your first choice, that particular program has reached full capacity. Capacity is determined by room size, safety issues, and equipment availability. You will be placed in your second choice program if it is available. You will be contacted by the Career Start office if a seat becomes available in your first choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Determining what specific credit is earned through Career Start varies from high school to high school. However, the academic credit guidelines were created by curriculum specialists and counselors for this specific purpose.

Many schools have their own application that needs to be completed. In addition to that, students will need to fill out the PPSC Online Application and the Career Start Applications.

Look at each program's descriptions and review the student's interest and abilities. Each program description explains what types of skills, interests, and possible careers that tie to that program. Discuss with your student their top Career Start choices and how they fit in with their educational and occupational goals. We encourage you to send Career Start candidates to an Career Start student visit day. During the visit, they'll get a chance to meet the instructor(s), review the curriculum, and get a glimpse of what the program can offer them. Also, it's a great chance for you to ask the instructor(s) and our High School Programs team as to the fit of your students.

Depending on the program, students have the opportunity to earn anywhere from 10 to 25 credit hours a year! The amount varies each year on how quickly and competently students pass through the curriculum. However, how much credit earned is dependent on the student. A certain grade and performance level is necessary for college credit.

Check with the four-year colleges and universities to which your students may apply. The credit would be earned under Pikes Peak State College and many in-state schools have transfer agreements for our courses.

Dropping a course can impact students' participation in the program's remaining coursework and high school credit.  If considering a course drop, students should meet with their counselor and connect the the PPSC High School Programs office.  Each course has specific timelines for dropping and withdrawing from course which effect transcripts and costs.  If a student fully leaves Career Start, timing is a critical factor.  Please connect with the High School Programs team to determine how your students' departure impacts transcripts, course expenses, and contracted costs.

If a student is on the wait list for their first choice, that particular program has reached full capacity. Capacity is determined by room size, safety issues, and equipment availability. Students on a wait list for their first choice will be placed in their second choice if it is available. Students will be contacted by the High School Programs office if a seat becomes available in their first choice.