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Leadership Update - Feb. 2022

One of our most important goals in District 49 is preparing graduates for life beyond high school, and we know there are many different pathways to success in careers and college.

What jobs are currently out there for D49 graduates?

Based on the 2021 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, about 55% of projected high demand jobs for Colorado Springs will require a two-year or four-year college degree in the healthcare, business, engineering and technology, education, counseling, and social service industries; and about 45% will require technical training and/or practical work experience in careers such as automotive, transportation, large equipment, construction trades and culinary.

How do we equip our graduates for those jobs?

As college debt and skills gaps continue to grow, D49 has broadened career exploration and advising to include skills mastery, industry certifications, job shadows and internships, free college options and sequenced technical classes.

At our Legacy Campus, we are working to prepare students with two distinct career preparation programs, and they are attracting high school students from around the district:

D49 Construction Program: This program offers three years of technical training and certifications for learners pursuing careers in construction or developing home building and repair skills. In Fall 2022, D49 will start our first house build project, and students will build a real house!

  • Year 1 of the program covers shop and tool safety, OSHA10 certification, basic carpentry, blueprint reading, and scaled mockups for honing skills, ending with the HBI PACT CORE industry certification.
  • In the first year of our house build, Year 2 students learn roofing, tiling, siding, basic electrical, plumbing and HVAC skills, with the opportunity to earn the HBI PACT Carpentry industry certification.
  • Year 3 continues the house build with interior and exterior finishing, windows, doors, and materials management. Paid summer work and internships are available.

D49 Culinary Arts & Hospitality Program: This program offers three years of technical training and certifications for students interested in catering, cooking and hospitality careers. Our students cater events around the district and in our community.

  • Year 1 covers basic culinary skills such as food and kitchen safety, basic food prep, nutrition, commercial equipment and service, ending with a ServSafe Food Handler’s industry certification.
  • Year 2 students apply complex culinary skills, such as kitchen brigade, appetizer preparation, and stocks, sauces and soups, and can earn a ServSafe Manager’s industry certification.
  • Year 3 students develop leadership skills, coordinate menus, and cater meetings across the district, learn entrée preparation, pastries and desserts, accompaniments and plating.

Each spring, D49 hosts tours of our new construction trades building and culinary kitchen to give students the opportunity to learn more about the programs. Those who enroll in the programs have transportation to and from the Legacy Campus available from their home campus. Other exciting career and technical programs in D49 include advanced manufacturing, athletic training, agriculture (new! equine science), biomedical, business, engineering, fashion design, graphic design, healthcare, IT/cybersecurity, and more.

All D49 students deserve a free opportunity to “test drive” careers before they graduate high school, giving them a leg-up on shaping their future goals and dreams. Help us get the word out and ensure our students and community know about career preparation programs in District 49!

Proud to serve our D49 community and staff,

Mary Perez,
Director of Applied & Advanced Learning