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New!! Daniel’s Fund Ethics Initiative courses

High School Program

New Leadership ethics course- available to all!

–   Comprehensive leadership course curriculum

–   delivered via LMS system

–   Instructor’s discussion guide

–   Supporting ppt

–   Student text

–   Learning activities (group and individual) focused on ethical dilemmas.

New ethics curriculum available in 13 courses


Available to download through the MBA course guide website.

October 5th, 2016|Business news + notes|0 Comments

MBA research New Canvas Learning Center- free through the Daniel’s Fund Ethics Initiative

As of August 1, 2016, all public and nonpublic secondary high schools will have access to the updated MBA Learning Center that is being launched by the MBA Research Curriculum Consortium. Our state is a member state and Perkins dollars pay for our Enhanced Membership. You may wonder why should you be interested?! For starters it’s online and interactive 24/7! Plus, you can pull resources into Google Drive from Canvas.

Click here for a short YouTube video with more about the new platform that is supported by Canvas. The video is narrated by Brenda Clark.

Without paying a dime, Colorado teachers will get access to the content and can print handouts and tests, use slides, etc. as with MBA’s old product.  Each school will have a license to access all material.  As an introductory special (this year only), MBA Research will allow up to 5 teachers within the same school to access the Learning Center at no charge.  This will allow teachers only to access any content of interest. Most schools will want to enhance the value of the Learning Center via direct student access.  Individual student licenses are available at minimal cost.


One teacher from each high school will need to send an email to Marsha Dyer at The email should state:

·     I’m a CO High School teacher and I’d like to request access to the MBA Learning Center for this school year.

Full Name

Name of School

Address of School

City, State Zip

Email Address

Other teachers that would also like access to the MBA Learning Center from my school are:

Full Name

Email Address

Full Name

Email Address

·     Please direct questions to

October 5th, 2016|Business news + notes|Comments Off on MBA research New Canvas Learning Center- free through the Daniel’s Fund Ethics Initiative

Vista PEAK Preparatory Honored with National Excellence in Action Award

May 24, 2016 – Aurora, CO – Today, Vista PEAK Preparatory’s Business Education program of study in Aurora, CO was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Action award, which recognizes innovative and impactful Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study across the nation. Vista PEAK Preparatory was one of the programs selected as an “Excellence in Action” award winner, based on its uniquely innovative and effective approach to offering rigorous coursework, authentic and meaningful work-based learning experiences, and supported transitions from secondary to postsecondary education and on to successful careers.

Vista PEAK Preparatory received the award in the Business & Administration Career Cluster from Advance CTE as a result of their commitment to providing authentic work-based learning opportunities with leading companies such as Noodles & Company and dedication to providing students with a combination of business expertise, employability skills and academic rigor preparing students with the skills they need for success. Vista PEAK Preparatory instructor, Michael Dougherty accepted the honor at an award luncheon and reception as part of the Advance CTE Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

award banner“The Business Education Pathway at Vista Peak Preparatory has provided hundreds of students with real-life, relevant business skills, seamless transition into postsecondary programs, and access to work-based, contextual learning experiences,” said Valerie Dodrill-Killen, CTE Coordinator, Aurora Public Schools. “All of these components have prepared students for the rigorous academic coursework in postsecondary business programs, as well as entry into high-skill, and in-demand careers. The combination of a comprehensive curriculum paired with an exceptional instructor has proven to be in the best interests of these CTE students and provides a perfect foundation to continue to build on. We are extremely proud of the national recognition and believe it represents best practices in CTE programming and student outcomes.”

“We are so proud to recognize these amazing programs and the leaders who helped achieve such accomplishments,” said Kimberly Green, Executive Director, Advance CTE. “These Excellence in Action award winners have high expectations that result in their students truly being prepared for success in college, careers and life. By shining a national spotlight on these programs, we hope to challenge others to use them as a model for what high-quality CTE looks like and can achieve. “

Printable profiles of each winner, detailing their unique strengths and justification for their selection are available on Advance CTE’s website. For further updates from the Advance CTE Spring Meeting, including a recap of the award ceremony, visit the CTE: Learning that Works Blog.

Press contact: Katie Fitzgerald or 301-588-9630

May 31st, 2016|Business news + notes|0 Comments

Welcome Julie Rife, Assistant Program Director

We are pleased to welcome Julie Rife to the Colorado Community College System, (CCCS). Julie has been hired for the position of Assistant Program Director, Skilled Trades & Technical Sciences/State Advisor, SkillsUSA Colorado. Julie has worked for several years as the SkillsUSA State Officer Advisor and as a National trainer for SkillsUSA. Julie is replacing Tony Raymond who will be working under the STEM as Assistant Program Director/State Advisor, Technology Student Association (TSA).

SkillsUSA improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training. SkillsUSA enhances the lives and careers of students, instructors and industry representatives as they strive to be champions at work.

Nationally, SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.

The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations.
More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.

November 11th, 2015|Skilled Trades news + notes|0 Comments

HB-1165 is on track this quarter to meet its goals

The Community College of Denver (CCD) hosted the HB-1156 Campus Coordinators and Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP) navigators on October 16th at the recently completed Advanced Manufacturing Center. HB-1165 Coordinators met to update their common goals and work. Marilyn Smith outlined work being done through the (CHAMP) grant and introduced the CHAMP navigators. The day was spent discussing relevant products, partners and challenges facing the manufacturing pathway effort.

The Campus Coordinators are almost done completing the pathways for each of their economic blueprint regions for the first (production) of five identified manufacturing career areas identified at regional mini summits held across the State of Colorado. The document will be a valuable resource for secondary, post-secondary educational facilities and the students they serve.

Manufacturing Partnership Incentive (MPI) grants are exceeding expectations. The grant awarded to Pueblo manufacturing centered schools achieved an inventory of resources for youth to accelerate their manufacturing career awareness. Pueblo City Schools and District #70 partnered with Pueblo Workforce manufacturing partners and Pueblo Community College (PCC) to hold Manufacturing Camp in June. The Pueblo group produced an excellent video showing what can be accomplished to create interest in the manufacturing pathway through successful partnerships. Three schools in Northern Colorado, (Thompson Valley HS, Career Development Center and Poudre HS), received MPI grants. The Northern Colorado (NoCO) Manufacturing school partners used the funding for communications outreach events, expos, and a longer term talent skills dive. The funding produced a very thoughtful report of skill gaps and talent building recommendations for the top five manufacturing occupations in the region.

CASB, CASE and CDE have each invited us to tour the state to meet their constituents beginning in 2016. We will be done with the manufacturing pathway construction in each region for production career paths, quality assurance paths, logistics paths, HVAC and Engineering Design paths. This is an excellent opportunity to get the word out about the pathway work being done in Colorado and its relevance to secondary and post-secondary education.

November 11th, 2015|Skilled Trades news + notes|0 Comments

Aurora Public Schools to have large presence at FBLA SLC

It was a day of glory for many APS students who competed in a recent Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District Leadership Conference. Between Vista PEAK Preparatory and Rangeview High School, nearly 50 students qualified to compete in FBLA’s State Leadership Conference. The event will take place April 23-25 in Vail, Colo.

Aurora Public Schools, April 2015, read full article.

February 12th, 2015|Business news + notes|0 Comments

High School of Business students awarded scholarships

For the past six years, the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business has held an Entrepreneurship Challenge. New for 2015 is the inclusion of high school students competing for college scholarships by presenting business plans before a panel of expert judges. Scholarships were awarded for the top three business plan presentations as follows:

1st place: “Double Rae Pheasants” McKenzie Schneider from won a $3000 scholarship

2nd place winners “Mo (High) Socks” Caroline Crouse, Zachary East, Paul Meaney, Avery Ortiz-Hunt, Alexis Pring, Chandler Thornton, and Lyndi Warner won a $2000 scholarship

3rd place: “Atlas Executive” Roland Compo and Christian Moore won a $1000 scholarship


McKenzie Schneider


Mo (High) Socks

January 29th, 2015|Business news + notes|0 Comments

Holyoke High School of Business promoted

A quick intro to marketing lesson was learned by the HHS business economics class last week.

One day, they conducted an unannounced snack sale between third and fourth periods. Several days later, they advertised that a snack sale would be held the next day to see the difference in results after promoting the sale.

The project was part of a hands-on learning approach in a curriculum called High School of Business.


HHS business economics students

MBA Research in Columbus, Ohio, developed the High School of Business concept eight years ago, and its popularity is quickly spreading nationwide.

The Holyoke Enterprise, January 15, 2015, read full article.


January 16th, 2015|Business news + notes|0 Comments

Marketing students learn about attracting businesses to the community

STERLING — When a business looks at moving into a new city, like Sterling, there are a variety of factors they look at. Students participating in the Northeast Colorado BOCES High School of Business ™ program have been examining those factors recently.

On Thursday, three groups of students from Merino, Julesburg and Revere marketing classes shared what they learned with members of the Logan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Marketing Committee.

Journal-Advocate, September 27, 2014, read full article.

November 12th, 2014|Business news + notes|0 Comments