APS College & Career Centers Equip Students for Success

This May, thousands of APS students will earn their diplomas and begin the next chapter of their lives. Thanks to dedicated staff at APS College and Career Centers, many seniors will complete their high school careers better equipped for college and career success.

“A lot of our students may not know where to start,” said APS College and Career Success Director Dackri Davis. “This is why it’s very important that we provide them with multiple forms of support to help minimize the stress that a high-school-to-postsecondary transition can create.”

The APS Foundation has funded and launched College and Career Centers in four APS high schools: Aurora Central, Gateway, Hinkley and Rangeview. The centers provide students with valuable resources and guidance to plan for a successful postsecondary future. With the help of knowledgeable staff, students can research colleges, scholarships and other options they may not know about. The centers have played an essential role in boosting APS graduation rates and helping students earn prestigious scholarships.

“Through the 2017-18 school year, these centers have helped students secure nearly $57 million in scholarship funds,” said APS Foundation Executive Director Jill Ruiter.

The APS Foundation’s goal is to launch college and career centers at all seven APS high schools within the next few years by continuing to partner with organizations and community members. To learn more about how you can support the APS Foundation in helping every APS student shape a successful future, visit educateaurora.org.


Did You Know?

  • April is College and Career Success Month in APS!
  • APS college and career centers have cumulatively served over 8,500 high school students since inception of the program through the 2017-18 school year.
  • A $31 donation supports a visit to a college and career center for one student.
  • On average, a $100 donation to a college and career center turns into $10,487 in scholarships for one student.
  • The APS Foundation awards 16 scholarships annually totaling $16,000 as part of donor-endowed scholarships.