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A Record Number of Students Attend Military & Protective Services Exploration Workshop at ThunderRidge High School! 

Representatives from each branch of the military as well as members of local protective service education programs (firefighting, EMT, police, etc.) brought this opportunity to Douglas County students and families. Throughout the event, students explored various career and postsecondary education possibilities.

Almost 200 students and their families got the chance to hear from US Representative Mike Coffman who spoke about why he served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines. Parents were invited to shadow their children throughout the event and speak with Blue Star Mothers, who have firsthand knowledge of having a child in the military.
"My favorite part of the event was the mock interview sessions because of the real-world experience that can be applied anywhere," Mitch Lukes, sophomore from Ponderosa High School, said about the Mock Interview Session he attended.
Check out a video from our previous event at Columbine High School here .
GSN partnered with ThunderRidge to create the workshop for their students as well as other Douglas County Schools, including:  Highlands Ranch High School, Mountain Vista High School, Rock Canyon High School, Douglas County High School, Castle View High School, Chaparral High School, Ponderosa High School and Legend High School. Students from Valor Christian High School, STEM High, and SkyView Academy.

If your school/district is interested in hosting a Military & Protective Services Careers Exploration Workshop or your company is interested in sponsoring a workshop, please contact  Leslie Tjajadi.

Brooklyn Generation School Conducts College Trip!
On April 27th and 28th, Brooklyn Generation (BGS) students (28 of them), staff, and parent/guardians drove to upstate New York to visit colleges. This year's overnight Family College Tour took place at Daemen College, SUNY Cortland, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. It featured candid discussions with BGS alumni, now college students about the transition from high school to college and ways to make the most of the collegiate experience. For the ten parents/guardians on the trip, it was an impactful experience. One parent remarked about how difficult it has been learning the college process but now feels more confident in his ability to support his son, a freshman, when it's time to apply. Another parent acknowledged that her son, a senior, started to have a change of heart about which college he would attend in the fall. And, while it was a frustrating process, she found value in hearing student perspectives to help make the decision easier for her son.
The students on the trip, ranging from freshman to seniors, garnered significant value from the college tour. One graduating senior said, "It was great to see the school for the first time. Now that I've seen it, I wish I went on more of these trips earlier on...I learned so much. Before, I wasn't interested in going because I thought it wasn't going to be fun or useful. Glad I changed my mind." Another student, a 10th grader who participated in the trip last year, said he enjoyed seeing the schools again. "I still learned a lot of stuff on this tour. There were things I didn't see or didn't notice last time." 
Special thanks to Franklin-Templeton Investments and their employees for helping to underwrite the event.

Monte Vista and Bennett Join Turnaround Leadership Program! 

GSN will be  working with two additional schools through our Turnaround Leadership Program: Bill Metz Elementary in Monte Vista and Bennett High School. GSN staff Kate Lister (Monte Vista) and Christina Larson (Bennett) will be serving as the Turnaround Coaches for this crucial work. This program has achieved great success in the last year as we have already assisted two schools being removed from the Turnaround List (Bennett Elementary and Ignacio Elementary).  For more information about the turnaround leadership program, please visit this page . We have additional spots available for four more schools to join this work. 

If you're interested, please email by Thursday, May 11th.


Andrew Monroe is a market researcher and freelance writer, who currently works for iModerate Research Technologies as a Qualitative Research and Reporting Analyst. Andrew came on board with GSN in October of 2016 to work on copy-editing GSN's project-based units focused on high growth career areas. Wanting to help GSN in an even larger capacity, Andrew moved on to help GSN with website redesign and branding. Andrew's other volunteering endeavors include tutoring at the Bridge Project and coaching soccer at the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Club. 


May 22
Student-Centered Accountability Project (SCAP) Interest Meeting for Districts
1:30-3:00pm MST, Colorado Springs, Colorado
To register, click here .
July 24 & 25
Rural Summit in Breckenridge, CO

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