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DPS CareerConnect Program selects NOAA Boulder as Government Partner of the Year

28 April 2017
Shuka Schwarz with DPS high school students

Photo: W. von Dauster, NOAA

Joshua 'Shuka' Schwarz (CSD) led the demonstration on fire with DPS high school students. Presenters during National Labs Week 2016 also included Raul Alvarez (CSD), Nick Arcos (NCEI/CIRES), Bruce Bauer (NCEI), Lidia Cucurull (GSD), Shawn Dahl (SWPC), Andy Hoell (PSD), Tom Lefebvre (GSD), Brandi McCarty (CSD/CIRES), Stu McKeen (CSD/CIRES), Don Murray (PSD/CIRES), Hilary Peddicord (GSD/CIRES), Anne Perring (CSD/CIRES), Annie Reiser (ESRL), Beth Russell (GSD/CIRES), Christine Shultz (GMD), Julia Singewald (GMD), Meghan Stockman (SWPC), Aaron Sweeney (NCEI/CIRES), Jennifer Taylor (SWPC).

Denver Public School's (DPS) CareerConnect Program selected NOAA Boulder as their Government Partner of the Year. The CareerConnect Program offers students hands-on workplace experiences and mentoring, giving them the opportunity to discover possible careers and build practical skills. Over the last few years, NOAA Boulder has run events and provided internships to DPS students, introducing them to the important atmospheric research that NOAA does. This has built interest in STEM for students that are not traditionally well-represented.

During National Labs week in 2016 and 2017, NOAA's labs in Boulder hosted DPS high school students, inviting them to choose among various hands-on activities and demonstrations. These carefully selected and customized sessions taught the students about Space Weather forecasting, lightning safety, life of an Arctic scientist, the impact of fire, and more. Both NOAA senior management and the Executive Office of the White House lauded Boulder for the 2016 National Labs event.

Next month, NOAA Boulder will host DPS CareerSpark 7th and 8th grade students, giving them the opportunity to see a federal lab setting and see atmospheric science come alive.

Last summer, four high-school students from DPS completed internships with ESRL. Gabriela Alder from CSD/CIRES, Paul Johnston from the Physical Sciences Division/CIRES, David Parrish from CSD/CIRES, and Jeff Van Buskirk from the Global Systems Division served as their mentors and supervisors. This year, ESRL plans to host sixteen more summer interns from DPS high schools. Frank Erdesz from CSD/CIRES serves on the EngineeringConnect Leadership Committee. Debra Dailey-Fisher made arrangements with DPS for the program, and placed student interns with each ESRL division.

Recognition from DPS, a local community partner, highlights our research to other partners and public constituents and is a welcomed honor.

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Photos: D. Fahey, NOAA

David Fahey, Director of ESRL's Chemical Sciences Division, and Debra Dailey-Fisher and Frank Erdesz, also of CSD, attended the DPS CareerConnect Program Recognition Breakfast on 27 April 2017 held at Manual High School in Denver.

More information:

DPS CareerConnect Program Vimeo: East High School Women

CSD News: CSD Helps Lead the NOAA Boulder "My Brother's Keeper" Event