Prospective Career Start students must complete the online PPCC application and the Career Start application. Please make sure they have all information filled out properly and all signatures completed. If either application is missing information, there will be a delay in enrollment! Please discuss the Attendance Guidelines and Code of Conduct, shown below, with prospective students prior to registration.
Attendance is crucial for the students to succeed in Career Start, just as it is crucial for adults in the workplace. The following Career Start guidelines will be strictly enforced:
Career Start students are expected to attend every day of the Career Start calendar. Only five absences per semester will be excused. Excessive tardiness figures into each students’ absence count. Being tardy four times per semester is the equivalent of one unexcused absence. On the sixth absence, a student may be dropped from the Career Start program.
If a school district is closed or on a two-hour delay due to weather, Career Start students and their families should use their best judgment to determine if their child should attend Career Start that day. Students should check D2L (DESIRE 2 LEARN) for messages from Career Start instructors. Weather-related absences will be excused for program purposes but may have a negative effect on a student’s grades if work is missed and not made up.
Excused absences are those that are school-related. Examples of excused school-related absences are: state-mandated testing, athletics, college visits, school service days. Teacher workdays and parent-teacher conference days are not excused school-related absences.
Questions about school-related absences should be directed to students’ high school Career Start counselor. Only the high school Career Start counselor may call Pikes Peak Community College High School Programs to authorize a school-related absence. Illnesses are not considered an excused absence. Parents/guardians should not contact PPCC High School Programs to excuse a child's absence.
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High School Credit Projection
Our programs at Career Start will allow you to earn high school credits to apply to your high school graduation requirements. The Career Start agreement was created by district curriculum specialists, counselors, and Career Start instructors to be used as a guideline for high schools to award credit for Career Start programs. However, determining the areas and amounts of awarded credit is a school district decision.
Many schools have their own application that needs to be completed. In addition to that, students will need to fill out the PPCC 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 Community 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 PPCC 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.
There are three criteria for identifying the ideal candidate:
Our community benefits when students persist to high school graduation. School districts whose performance frameworks are negatively impacted by a dropout rate see improved results in that regard. Students and their families benefit. Remarkably, young people who no longer believed that they were ‘college material’ find themselves experiencing success in a college classroom, and they begin to dream of a brighter future.
Students taking part in Pivot need to be re-enrolled through a district program or school so that they may continue to add credits to a high school transcript. A school counselor supports the Pivot Success Coach with the development of a student success plan. Pivot students spend 100% of their school time on the college campus.
Students whose goal is to simply complete high school don’t benefit from Pivot programming. Students who may age out of public education before earning enough credits to graduate likewise do not stand to benefit.