Career Development & Career and Technical Education

AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Northfield High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP Computer Science courses.

Out of the 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, 1,119 achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science examinees meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2019-2020 school year. That’s nearly 37% more than the 818 schools recognized last year. In 2020, Northfield High School was one of 831 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles.

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Career and College Success is a team of over one-hundred who work with a school-based Career Navigator to ensure career and college readiness for each student. The goal of the Career Navigation office at Northfield is to make sure all students have equitable access to a variety of opportunities, such as our Xplore career exploration experiences, the Launch Internship program, and the Youth Apprenticeship. Programs like these expose students to a variety of career opportunities so they can understand their interests and strengths, plan their academic career, and gain psychological skills relevant to success in the workplace. In 2020 , we launched the INCubatoredu@Northfield program to foster entrepreneurial education and opportunities for our students.

Check out the 2019 Summer Launch Internship highlights…

For more information about these programs, please email Northfield’s Career Navigator, Ellie Jacques, at eleanor_jacques@dpsk12. with the subject line: “Careers”. 

Read about Tway’s experience in the Business Pathway where he had a marketing internship, and was a Youth Apprentice.
Read about Alondra’s experience in the Engineering Pathway and her three internships with the same company!

Career and Technical Education offers relevant, engaging, project-based courses and experiential learning opportunities in Business, Engineering, Computer Technology, and Biomedical Sciences. These aren’t typical lecture-style classes; students will get the opportunity to explore their interests in our introductory courses while exploring potential careers, then progress to more specialized classes in the industry of their choice. By entering a CTE pathway, students can graduate Northfield High School with college credit, industry experience, invaluable professional skills, and even industry certifications. 

Our pathway team includes the following teachers and staff: 

Our Career and Technical Education Pathways include:

BusinessConnect prepares graduates to become tomorrow’s business leaders. Courses may include introduction to business, web page design, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Students may have the opportunity to receive college credit and industry recognized certifications such as the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).

MedConnect prepares students for careers in healthcare and biosciences, in careers that range from medical office assistants to nurses to lab technicians to athletic trainers—all the way to physicians. Classes may include general health sciences, sports medicine, biotechnology and medical innovations and will give students an opportunity to receive college credits and industry certifications such as CPR and First Aid, as well as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

In the summer of 2021, six Northfield students received their EKG certifications during our summer Med Academy program.

EngineeringConnect leverages nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum to provide rigorous, project-based classes designed to mold future problem solvers.  Students from this program will have numerous opportunities for college credit while still in high school and may even have the chance to receive preferential admissions to various engineering programs at Colorado universities.

One highlight of Northfield’s Engineering program are the Robotics I and II classes who have been working on programming drones and exploring how this technology might be used in the near future to fight worsening Colorado wildfires. This drone footage, captured by a student, gives a birds-eye view of our campus.

Prepares students for a wide variety of careers including but not limited to software engineers, robotics technicians, IT support, and web designers. Students may have the chance to receive college credit and industry certifications such as A+ certification.

In the first two years of Northfield’s Youth Apprenticeship program, three tech apprentices were hired by DPS Department of Technology Services and Gary Community Investment Company.

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