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CCIC receives prestigious 2020 Succeeds Prize

CCIC sign. The Cherry Creek Innovation Campus is a recipient of the prestigious 2020 Succeeds Prize, an award that recognizes exemplary and innovative Colorado education programs.

This year’s Succeeds Prize recipients were announced during a special remote ceremony held on Saturday, Sept. 12. The award is a collaborative effort between Colorado Succeeds, 9News and mindSpark Learning, and it honors the most forward-thinking and innovative educators in the state. CCIC was honored for its commitment to connecting students with 21st-century skills in a variety of professional pathways.

“We couldn’t be more proud of what this school is doing for our kids and for the industries that have partnered with this innovative campus,” Reata Engineering and Machine Works Inc. President and CEO Grady Cope said during the televised awards ceremony. “The CCIC is truly a launchpad for these students’ careers and futures.”

As one of the six Succeeds Prize winners, the CCIC will receive $15,000 to support its innovative programming, which formally launched with the opening of the school in 2019. With curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trade certifications ranging from the computer sciences to aviation to health sciences, the CCIC offers students a new kind of bridge to college and viable, successful careers. The school offers students specialized instruction in seven distinct pathways: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Tourism, Infrastructure Engineering, IT and STEAM and Transportation.

The CCIC’s 117,000-square-foot campus features all of the latest technology and tools that students need to build applicable expertise in all of these fields. The school includes a working auto garage, an aviation hangar, operating medical facilities and cutting-edge industrial equipment. The school also boasts partnerships with business and industry partners from across the Western U.S.

This connection between real-world industry and accessible learning made the CCIC one of this year’s winning candidates for the Succeeds Prize. Specifically, the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus received this year’s Excellence in Education Innovation Award, sponsored by Janus Henderson Investors.

“I would say that this award really goes to the teachers and the students at the CCIC who every day bring a spirit of innovation to our campus,” said CCIC Principal Mark Morgan. “We pride ourselves on bringing a high return on the investment that our industry partners have in the CCIC. This award shows off that kind of partnership. We’re just ecstatic.”

Since the school opened its doors one year ago, CCIC students and faculty have built close ties with industries and businesses from around the metro area. Recently, CCIC instructors helped fabricate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for medical workers on the front lines of combatting the COVID-19 epidemic. According to CCSD Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried, building strong links between students, instructors and real-world demands is at the heart of the mission of the state-of-the-art campus.

“The CCIC has been successful in connecting our students with real-world, applicable learning that gives them an edge in whatever field they want to pursue. What’s more, the CCIC has had a real impact in our community,” Siegfried said. “That’s what this campus has always been about, and receiving this recognition for its success is a real honor.”

-- Posted 9/14/20 at 2:15 PM