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Trailer: Introducing The Colorado Dream

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Lottie Wilson
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Westminster Public Schools
Westminster Public Schools is one of the smallest school districts in Metro Denver and has only one comprehensive high school. Westminster High School, or Westy as it’s fondly called, houses the district's Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. The program has 13 CTE pathways including construction, business and marketing, and education and training.

Jobs in Colorado are changing, and now, an increasing number require a college degree or credential. The Colorado Dream: Career Education examines how a small metro Denver school district is playing a greater role in training tomorrow's workforce. Here, students receive both job training and the education to prepare them for future success, whether they go directly into the workforce or attend college after graduation.

The Colorado Dream is a production of KUNC. It was reported, written and produced by Stephanie Daniel with editing and production help from Rae Solomon. KUNC news director Brian Larson is the editor and Jackie Hai is the digital editor. The theme music was composed by Matthew Simonson and other music is by Blue Dot Sessions.

Special thanks to KUNC president and CEO Tammy Terwelp, and Jason Gonzalez.

This podcast was produced as part of the Higher Education Media Fellowship at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The Fellowship supports new reporting into issues related to postsecondary career and technical education.

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The “American Dream” was coined in 1931 and since then the phrase has inspired people to work hard and dream big. But is it achievable today? Graduating from college is challenging, jobs are changing, and health care and basic rights can be a luxury. I report on the barriers people face and overcome to succeed and create a better life for themselves and their families.