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Golden, Colo., December 24, 1997 - Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton received a $10,000 grant from the Jefferson County School-to-Career Program. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) assisted the school in writing the grant as an extension of NREL's National Teacher Enhancement Program.
The money will be used to help students explore career opportunities and develop skills necessary to succeed as adults. The program is designed to promote the students' academic and career development by giving them access to people working in local businesses and government agencies.
Students will have the opportunity to examine a wide variety of careers including engineering, business, medicine, communication, the humanities, natural resources and human services. The focus is to provide perspective; show the relationship between academia and the workplace; and reinforce the importance of learning skills that employers want.
Students will visit NREL to learn about renewable energy, energy efficiency and careers in science.
Other organizations in the program include the Littleton Fire Department, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment, the Food and Drug Administration, the City of Lakewood Planning Commission, Waste Management of Colorado, the Denver Water Department, the Denver Federal Center, Cooley Sand and Gravel, Kuner Food, Littleton Pediatric and Lutheran Medical Center.