School to Work Alliance Program Prepares Students For the Future!

In collaboration with the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (CDVR), Aurora Public Schools is helping students with special needs explore career pathways and jobs through its School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP). Over the summer, a group of APS students participated in the three-week program that allowed them to try different jobs every day.

“The program has given me some great work experience, and has allowed me to expand my skillsets,” said APS Student Geovonte Rencher. “It has also taught me how to write a resume and give a good job interview.”

SWAP assists young adults with a wide range of disabilities. Services include career exploration and development, employment-related instruction, job placements, physical and mental restoration, and much more!

“It is an excellent program for our mild to moderate needs students who often don’t get connected to the right resources,” said APS SWAP Coordinator Rebecca McDermott. “They are able to explore possible careers and develop new skills that will benefit them after graduation.”

This would not be possible without our amazing and supportive community! Please give a big thank you to the City of Aurora and the countless businesses and organizations that provide job shadowing opportunities, informational interviews and unpaid/paid work experiences for our students. In APS, we believe community partnerships provide vital resources and opportunities for students and families.        

To learn more about SWAP, visit


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