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Daniels Fund grant will support Aviation, Health and Wellness pathways at CCIC

CCIC students at work in the Health and Wellness program.A $170,000 grant from the Daniels Fund will boost opportunities, equipment, class programming and other resources for students at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus.

The grant, directed to the CCIC through the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, will impact multiple learning pathways at the Cherry Creek School District’s innovative facility designed to connect students with professional, career-oriented learning opportunities. The money will increase students’ access to programs that let them earn college credits and industry certifications, specifically in the CCIC’s Aviation and Health and Wellness academic pathways.

“We are very grateful for the support of the Daniels Fund to help support, grow and enhance the Career and Technical Education opportunities for our community,” CCIC Principal Steve Day said. “This support and the courses we can offer as a result are changing lives every day by providing authentic learning opportunities that lead directly to greater confidence, industry certifications and valuable job skills.”

The grant will connect aviation students with new training equipment that simulates aircraft systems; provide industry-grade metal shear that will connect students with airframe production materials; and provide expanded access to courses outside of traditional school hours, on evenings and weekends. What’s more, the grant money will provide additional equipment related to drone flights and airframe maintenance, all supported by teacher training.

The CCIC’s Health and Wellness students will also benefit from the grant, as the money will go toward providing more mannequins for the school’s Certified Nursing Program; these lifelike mannequins simulate patient care for students. The money will also support virtual reality hardware and software for the school’s Behavioral Health Technician program, which gives students real-world, applicable learning experience in a wide array of mental health scenarios.

In addition to these specific resources for Aviation and Health and Wellness students, the money will help expand CCIC courses in the afternoons, evenings and weekends for all students, and provide course offerings to the broader community, including but not limited to CCSD students.

Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Executive Director Jill Henden worked closely with the Daniels Fund and with CCIC staff to help secure the money, which aligns with the Daniels Fund’s broader mission to improve the quality of life for residents of Colorado and other Western states through scholarships, ethics initiatives and grants.

Steve Day said while the grant money will impact multiple different aspects of the CCIC’s curriculum, it will serve a common good for the entire community.

“In all of the different resources this grant is providing, it will open the door for students and community members to have fantastic experiences in what I would call pre-industry education,” Day said. “CCIC students have the ability to head to college and careers with significant advantages, and it’s a direct result of this kind of community support.”

-- Posted 11/22/21 at 2 PM