District 60 Education Foundation kicks off 'Vision 2020'

posted Dec 10, 2019, 12:58 PM by Anthony Sandstrom   [ updated Dec 11, 2019, 7:56 AM by Radford Sprouse ]

The "Vision 2020" college and career readiness program was unveiled Tuesday, Dec. 10, thanks to a $25,000 grant from AT&T to the District 60 Education Foundation. 

The program, spearheaded by the District 60 Education Foundation along with the Garcia Foundation, aims to provide underserved high school students with opportunities to visit and tour college campuses and industrial parks.

"Our mission is to provide a high-quality education that assures each student the knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead a life of purpose and impact," District 60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso said. "With the support of this grant, (AT&T) is helping us meet our mission, as well as provide our students even more opportunities to be successful."

Vision 2020 will provide high school students with support services includes assisting students with resumes, financial aid, and career exploration opportunities.

"Exposing these students to career and workforce readiness opportunities will provide a foundation for (students') decision on how to best train for their choice of career," former District 60 Superintendent and District 60 Education Foundation Chair, Dr. Henry Roman, said. 

A unique feature of these opportunities is that students will be able to have a family member join then to strengthen their support system as they receive this background information. Forty first-generation students will be identified to participate, as well as 40 students school personnel believe need more experiences in developing their vision for life after high school.

Vision 2020 will work in concert with District 60's new graduation guidelines, which provides three pathways to graduation that are consistent with Colorado's new requirements for high school graduation. The "Career Plus" avenue helps students plan to obtain a four-year advanced degree, the "Career Options" avenue offers courses to help students plan for a two- or four-year degree or professional certification, and the "Career Now" avenue helps students who plan to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.