BY FREDA MIKLINGOVERNMENTAL REPORTER
The Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC) at 8000 S. Chambers Road in Centennial will welcome its first students for classes on August 12, the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year for the Cherry Creek School District (CCS).
On July 31 Governor Jared Polis came to tour the new 117,000 square-foot facility. He walked through the entire building and asked lots of questions about the different pathways available to students. School Principal Mark Morgan told him that students can focus on advanced manufacturing, business services, health and wellness, hospitality and tourism, infrastructure engineering, IT and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), and transportation. He also pointed out that core classes in English, science, and math have been integrated into the curriculum for some pathways.
As an example of an innovative program being offered for the first time at CCIC, Morgan told Polis about the new behavioral health technician certification that CCIC is developing with Health One. It will allow students to find immediate employment after high school or “as a springboard for college” for students seeking to become behavioral health counselors.
At the official ribbon-cutting on August 1, Morgan told the crowd of 100 community residents, students, teachers, and government officials about the important niche that CCIC will occupy: 1) to train students who will enter the military or the work force directly after high school; 2) to provide preliminary training for college-bound students in the career path they have chosen; 3) to provide exposure to different pathways for students who are still undecided about their post-secondary school plans.
CCS Superintendent Scott Siegfried told the crowd that CCIC “is a school that seeks to connect every student with their own path to the future.” He pointed to some one-of-a-kind high school programs being offered, including the ability to work on CCIC’s two airplanes and helicopter to acquire aircraft mechanic certification.
Siegfried said that when CCS asked voters to approve new school bonds in 2016, they promised “to prepare all our students for the 21st century, and to consult with business and industry leaders” to devise the best path to the future. In CCIC, he believes that promise has been kept.
State Sen. Nancy Todd and her husband, Terry Todd, retired CCS teachers, were on hand to support the launch of the new school. The Todds are co-founders of Aurora Youth 4 Success (AY4S), a 3-week summer program begun in 2009 for students from both Cherry Creek Schools and Aurora Public Schools. Based on a similar philosophy to that which brought about CCIC, AY4S includes the development of work force ready skills. First elected in 2012, Todd chairs the Education, Joint Technology, and Legislative Audit Committees of the Colorado State Senate.
Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko told the Villager, “The City of Centennial congratulates the Cherry Creek School District on the opening of CCIC. It signifies a true change in the course of learning and will allow our students throughout our community to flourish. This will drive workforce development for the entire region.”
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