First in metro Denver to offer early college
About 65 current eighth-graders in Adams 12 Five Star Schools will make history with the 2016-2017 school year as they become the inaugural class of metro Denver’s first early college opportunity through Northglenn High School’s P-TECH 9-14 model (Pathways in Technology Early College High School).
In 2015, Governor Hickenlooper signed the P-TECH bill into law (HB 15-1270). P-TECH is intended to create a public-private partnership to prepare thousands of Colorado students for high-skill jobs of the future.
“The expansion of P-TECH into Adams 12 Five Star Schools is an exciting opportunity for local students to experience a world-class STEM education and develop the skills they will need to succeed in school and the workforce,” said Scott Laband, President of Colorado Succeeds, a coalition of business leaders dedicated to improving public education. “It builds on the incredible partnership that educators and employers in the Northglenn community have already established and it will help them expand the reach and pace of their impressive work.”
With the support of industry partner Level 3 Communications and higher education partner Front Range Community College, the first year’s class of 65 incoming ninth-graders will leave EC@N-STEM with a high school diploma, an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) in Computer Information Systems and relevant work experience.
EC@N-STEM is open to all students, with a special focus on encouraging enrollment of students who are socio-economically and racially diverse, the first to attend college in their family, English language learners, and students with disabilities. That diversity is reflected at Northglenn High School where 37 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and 69 percent of students are Hispanic. The STEM schools that feed into Northglenn High School have 80 to 90 percent of their students qualifying for free and reduced lunch.
“Adams 12 Five Star Schools has a robust K-12 STEM model, serving a diverse student population,” Superintendent Chris Gdowski said. “Our STEM model teaches the art of inquiry and innovation, and we currently serve 3,272 students at three different locations. EC@N-STEM allows us to take the next step in the STEM continuum, addressing postsecondary degree completion and career readiness by smoothing the transitions between high school, college and the professional world.”
“Northglenn High School just celebrated its 50th anniversary, and after 50 years, Northglenn is not only still providing students with a relevant and rigorous education; our students, staff and community are making quite a mark as leaders in the STEM arena,” said Sharee Blunt, Northglenn High School principal.
EC@N-STEM is now accepting applications. To apply, or learn more, visit Northglenn STEM online.