Career Development Center

Grades: 9th - 12th
Student Enrollment: 600
School Hours: 7:45 am - 2:06 pm

Deniece Cook, Principal
1200 South Sunset Street
Longmont, CO 80501
(303) 772 - 3333


Staying abreast of the ever-changing and evolving trends in the workplace, the Career Development Center (CDC) has been the St. Vrain Valley School District’s area career and technical education school since 1971. Evaluating employment needs and opportunities in the community, as well as receiving input from program advisory committees, results in course offerings to meet the needs of the changing society in which we live.

School Focus

While all programs at CDC work with students on job skills, they also expect students to maintain specific academic standards. Career related training in language, math, and science, along with experiential educational opportunities, provide students with necessary entry level skills for employment or post-secondary options. To ensure the integrity of each program offered, the school’s focus is to have programs coordinated with the post-secondary/community college system.

Achieving Academic Success

Small class sizes, individualization based on performance, and practical experienced-based instruction that leads to employment combine to ensure success for students. Specifically,

  • The Career Development Center prepares students of all abilities for employment by teaching job skills, analytical thinking, and teamwork.
  • Six Traits writing is supported in all classes.
  • A full range of counseling services are available for students, including assistance with program and career selection.
  • Support services are provided for students who need special assistance in making satisfactory progress in a program.
  • All programs offer students the opportunity to participate in career and technical education student organizations.

What Makes the Career Development Center Unique

Any student from the St. Vrain Valley School District may attend the Career Development Center. Transportation is provided to and from each home high school and CDC.

Career and technical education classes that provide students with both academic preparation and practical knowledge.

Programs that are based on community college curriculum and local industry needs.

Students that are prepared for two-year and four-year college classes and other postsecondary education. Some programs offer credit that can be applied to Colorado two year colleges.

Programs that expose students to the latest in technology via theory as well as hands-on experiences in laboratory and real-world environments. CDC assists students in job placement and cooperative work experience.

CDC curriculum offers elective credit for high school students plus English credits in selected programs that apply toward graduation requirements.

Entry-level training is provided in classes with students from throughout the St. Vrain Valley School District that encourages students to explore and grow.


  • Business Careers (Accounting; Economics; and Marketing)
  • Computer Hardware and Software Careers (E Business; Engineering Technology; Multimedia; Information Technology; Microsoft Office)
  • Human Services Careers (Hairstyling; Manicuring; Early Childhood Education; Med Prep; Emergency Response; Dental Assisting; Nursing Assistant)
  • Trade and Industry Careers (Automotive Technology; Agri-Science; Building Trades; Plant & Environmental Technology; Culinary Arts; Printing Trades, Welding Trades)