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Westminster Public Schools Foundation

The Foundation changes lives - one scholarship - one tutor - one pair of glasses at a time.

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Career Tech and Education Program

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is rigorous, hands-on instruction with a focus on industry-relevant knowledge that prepares students for college and career opportunities after high school.

CTE classes in Westminster Public Schools are project-based courses that incorporate current industry challenges, trends and skills. In CTE, students can:

Experience a unique level of relevancy and engagement
Choose a career pathway based upon their strengths and interests
Graduate with college credits, current industry credentials, and industry experience

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Evidence of Program's Success

Westminster Public Schools (WPS) students are encouraged to enroll in college courses while still in high school. Within CTE, there are many courses where students can earn college and high school credit simultaneously.

The WPS Foundation provides scholarships to students to help them pay for the credits

In addition to courses offered at Westminster High School, WPS pays the tuition for qualified students to take college courses at FRCC, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University and the Emily Griffith Technical College.

District Initiatives

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

As a community-driven organization, the Foundation partners closely with district leadership to identify educational priorities. In recent years we invested in several initiatives such as the Math Academy which offers free after-school tutoring to elementary and middle school students. We have supported the Career Tech and Education program, the Future Center located at Westminster High School, the PASS parenting program and Project Lead the Way to name a few.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Scholarships

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Females
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

The Westminster Public Schools Foundation administers a variety of scholarships that encourage and inspire students to graduate high school and pursue their continuing educational dreams. In many cases, the scholarships make higher education accessible to students who might not otherwise dream of a college education. There are scholarship opportunities for Westminster High School and Hidden Lake High School seniors to attend in-state and out-of-state schools.

Scholarships are issued for: Colleges, Trade Schools, Career Technical Schools, and Universities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Continue to established new scholarships for students many being multi-year scholarships.
Supported Project Lead the Way students who obtained college credits while in high school. A hundred plus students received over 300 credits from UC - Colorado Springs in 2018.
Awarded 31 students scholarships in 2017. 16 are multi-year gifts. Awards amounts were over $200,000.
Secured matching funds from Metro State University for $15,000.

The Benevolent Fund for Student Assistance

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

This program provides low income students access to eyeglasses, hearing aids, orthopedic braces and other medical necessities when they are not eligible for other social services.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"For over a month, Zach had walked on a broken ankle. His family wasn't able to afford a doctor's exam. The Benevolent Find paid for his x-ray and a cast for Zach."
Wendi Witter, District Social Workers

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