CCSD 11th- and 12th-graders will soon have an amazing learning space in which to explore and prepare for the careers of today and tomorrow. Planning is well underway for a state-of-the-art Career and Innovation Academy, which is part of the bond package approved by voters in November 2016.
“The new Career and Innovation Academy will inspire our students to think about career and college opportunities, provide career exploration and offer opportunities for students to earn industry certifications prior to high school graduation,” said Sarah Grobbel, Executive Director of Career and Innovation for Cherry Creek Schools.
Grobbel and Academy Principal Mark Morgan presented a project update to the Board of Education during the board’s regular meeting on Aug. 14 at Liberty Middle School. They explained that during the past three months, the district has been meeting with stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, business and industry leaders and educational experts to develop the facility’s concept design.
The Career and Innovation Academy will be built on a 42-acre site near East Broncos Parkway and South Chambers Road, not far from the Denver Broncos training facility. Morgan said the topography of the site will support the building’s futuristic design, which provides unique collaboration spaces, high-tech labs and industry-specific spaces where students will be able to take a variety of courses in seven career pathways:
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Business Services
• Health Services
• Infrastructure Engineering
Students will also have opportunities for off-site internships and apprenticeships which will give them valuable experience and additional insights into different career fields.
DLR Group was selected as the project architect. A construction manager/general contractor will be hired in September or October and an official groundbreaking ceremony will be held later this fall. Construction is expected to be complete by June or July of 2019 and the facility will open to students in August of 2019.