Career Start Counselors & Partners

Next Partner Meeting
Thursday, April 18; 8:00 am; Penrose House

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 Guidelines. Students are allowed 5 unexcused absences per quarter. Quarters are designated on the Career Start calendar. Excessive tardiness also figures into the absence count; being tardy 4 times per quarter is the equivalent of one unexcused absence. On the 6th absence a student may be dropped from the Career Start program. Excused absences are those absences that are school related. School-related absences occur when the student is required by the high school to remain at the high school during Career Start hours, and the student misses Career Start. If a school district is closed or on a two-hour delay due to weather, Career Start students are not expected to attend Career Start, and the absence will be excused. Other examples of school-related absences are: testing, athletic participation, college visits, school service days, etc. If you have a question about school-related absences, please check with the Career Start counselor at your school. Career Start students are expected to follow the Career Start calendar. Teacher work days/parent-teacher conference days, etc. are not school-related absences. Most school districts require their students to attend Career Start even though students are not required to attend high school classes on those days. Only the high school Career Start counselor/designee may call to authorize a “school-related” absence.

Code of Conduct

High School vs. College

Inclement Weather Policy

  • If a student’s school district is on delay: NO Career Start for that student.
  • If a student’s school district is closed: NO Career Start for that student.
  • If PPCC is on a 2-hour delay: NO Career Start (morning and afternoon).
  • If PPCC is closed: NO Career Start.

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. Check with your counselor!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What high school credit will be earned through Career Start?
    Determining what specific credit is earned through Career Start varies from high school to high school. However, the academic credit guidelines were created by curriculum specialists and counselors for this specific purpose.
  • What paperwork do students need to fill out to be in Career Start?
    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.
  • What paperwork do counselors/districts need filled out?
    Starting in February, school districts will begin enrolling students. Work with your CTE director or principal on the number of students for whom they will contract. Contracts with each school district will be accepted from March to May.
  • How can I tell which programs are the best fit for my students?
    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/or our supplemental services team as to the fit of your students.
  • How much college credit will students be able to earn?
    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.
  • What credit will transfer to four-year colleges?
    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.
  • We contracted for more students than we have enrolled.
    What can we do? Sorry! Based on the contract numbers, we hire faculty and order books and equipment. Unable to recoup our costs, we're unable to refund your district.
  • What happens if a student drops before the count date?
    The count dates are Oct. 1 for the fall semester and Feb. 15 for the spring semester. To best explain this, let's use an example. Say your school has contracted for 20 students and you have 24 students attending. If one student drops before Oct. 1, you will not be billed for that particular student. Now, let's say that you have 20 students enrolled with those 20 contracted seats. If one student drops before Oct. 1, you will still be billed since it is one of your contracted seats.
    Now to get a little more complicated, let's move to the spring semester situation. You have 24 students in those 20 contracted seats and a student drops Jan. 20. If this occurs, you will be billed for the fall semester, but not the second semester.
    The strategy to help curb these issues is through selection! By sending students who are less likely to drop and truly want to be here, your school districts will have fewer situations like these.
  • What does it mean if I have students on a wait list?
    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 Career Start office if a seat becomes available in their first choice.
    As counselors and school districts, we encourage you to contract enough spots to decrease the chances of a waiting list.

Career Start Program Flyers


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