Career Discovery

Our STEM Career Discovery program is the first of its kind for high school students in Colorado. The program offers students a menu of options to explore STEM fields in real-world settings that can potentially lead to an internship/apprenticeship or full- or part-time job after graduation and during college. As members of CareerWise Colorado, our students have the opportunity to gain high school and college credit as they learn, elbow-to-elbow, in the industries they would like to pursue after their schooling is complete. The program is open to all students in grades 10, 11 or 12 at the STEM School Highlands Ranch.

Career Discovery Events

Career Discovery Events are for students in grades 10-12. Career Discovery team will plan, fundraise, market and execute Career Discovery evening events, held each semester. These events help to guide high school students in their career discovery by bringing industry experts to the school for demonstrations and up close and personal exposure to a number of career fields.

Who to Contact

Jessica Connelly
Jessica Connelly
Career Discovery Coordinator


STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of only 5 schools in the state of Colorado approved as a P-TECH School (Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools). STEM currently offers the mechatronics pathway which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree from Arapahoe Community College. Mechatronics is a synergetic integration of mechanical, electrical, control, automation, robotics, computer system for industry and computer engineering technologies. Students begin in 9th grade and go through 13th or 14th grade (i.e. high school and two equivalent years of college). P-Tech provides college education, relevant workplace skills, and paid internships! Check out this P-TECH Fact Sheet from 2018.

P-TECH allows students to begin in grade 9 and continue for up to six years in order to graduate with a high school diploma and industry-recognized associate degree, in addition to gaining relevant workplace skills and valuable internships. STEM School Highlands Ranch currently offers the mechatronics pathway, which is a synergetic integration of mechanical, electrical, control automation, robotics, computer systems for industry and computer engineering technologies.


CareerWise is for students in grades 11 and 12, in partnership with CareerWise Colorado. CareerWise is an organization that places our students in paid apprenticeships with industry leaders in four fields: financial services, business operations, advanced manufacturing and computers. Students should apply directly to CareerWise. The program requires a three-year commitment.

Building Ships

Building Ships connects students with industry partners to create real-world, hands-on opportunities to expand on their STEM-based curriculum.

Career Mentor Program (CMP)

CMP is for students in grades 10-12. Students are matched with a mentor in their fields of interest. Through the academic year, students will spend approximately 20-30 hours with their mentors, shadowing them in the workplace. Students will also attend roundtable discussions as a cohort to reflect on their experiences.


Internships are for students in grades 11 and 12.  STEM School Highlands Ranch offers the opportunity for students to obtain general elective credit by participating in an approved internship experience that aligns with the student’s career aspirations.