Career Discovery

Our STEM Career Discovery program is the first of its kind for students in Colorado. The program aims to leverage the power of collaboration between STEM students (K-12) and industry professionals to forge pathways of discovery and nurture unlimited human potential. These connections allow students to learn alongside experts as they solve real-world problems, explore their personal interests, and build relationships that can potentially lead to an internship/apprenticeship or full- or part-time job placement after graduation and during college.

What Makes STEM Career Discovery Unique?

  • We work with subject matter experts to design classroom engagement and internship opportunities that align with our students’ interests.
  • Industry partners will work directly with our students as they solve real-world problems.
  • We collaborate with other schools, educational organizations, and state organizations like Colorado Workforce Development to make sure our students are connected with an entire network of support.

Career Discovery Interest Form

If you’re an industry partner, parent, industry expert, or have a specialty you’d like to share with our students, please click the button below to complete our Career Discovery Interest Form.

Ways that you can get involved with students include:

  • Introduction – Present informally about your profession and skills used in your field, and answer questions from students (30-50 minutes)
  • Internship – Supervise a high school student as they complete work at your organization (75 hours/1 semester)
  • Mentorship – Work with groups of students during their investigations of a problem, offer advice, and share expertise (1 hour a week for 3-4 weeks)
  • Presentation – Prepare a presentation about your profession and discuss specific topics requested by the teacher as they relate to your field. (30-60 minutes)
  • Workshop – Conduct an activity that teachers help facilitate in the classroom (40-90 minutes)
  • Panelist – Listen to student presentations and offer feedback

Internship Beyond STEM Career Discovery

Students are encouraged to research internship opportunities outside of STEM. Many of these may qualify for STEM Internship Credit. Our Career Discovery team is available to help students navigate opportunities outside of STEM as well as the policies and paperwork required by DCSD and the state.

P-TECH

STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of only 18 schools in the state of Colorado approved as a P-TECH School (Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools). STEM currently offers the Robotics and Automation (formerly mechatronics) and Cybersecurity pathways.  These pathways allow students to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Robotics and Automation degree or an Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity from Arapahoe Community College.

Robotics and Automation is a synergetic integration of mechanical, electrical, control, automation, robotics, computer systems for industry and computer engineering technologies. Cybersecurity prepares students to access the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems and procedures. 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.

Internships

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.

Students interested in internships please fill out the Career Discovery Application. Upon completion of the application, you will be contacted by a member of the Career Discovery team to be interviewed so that we find the best match with your interests.

Internships offered by companies outside of STEM will be considered for STEM credit upon completion of the STEM Internship Policy paperwork and Approval by the Career Discovery team. Our team will help students complete the forms.