Innovation Center Hosts Panel with National Business Leaders

On Thursday, September 17, St. Vrain Valley Schools hosted a group of business leaders and eight national site selectors at the Innovation Center for a discussion on the connection between business, education, and economic success. Members of the panel included representatives from Charles Schwab, Google, Level 3 Communications, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Otter Products, Special Aerospace Services, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, as well as SVVSD Superintendent, Don Haddad. Before the panel, Innovation Center students gave a tour of the facility and discussed the impact that the center has had on their education and visions for the future.

The visit was organized in conjunction with the annual Metro Denver Site Selection Conference, aimed at marketing the area's business attributes to site selectors and corporate real estate professionals - key advisors to Fortune 1000 companies in corporate relocations and expansions that bring new jobs and investment to the community. Sponsored by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, events included a helicopter tour of the region and two organized panels/site visits - one being SVVSD's Innovation Center in Longmont. For more information, please go to

As St. Vrain Valley Schools continues to focus on educating and preparing the workforce of the future, one new initiative will be P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School). This program will allow high school students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma as well as an Associate’s of Applied Science degree, essentially paying for two years of college. This model will allow students to fill the need for skilled mid-level jobs as demand in those areas increases alongside the healthy economic development of the Front Range. The first P-TECH cohort will begin in 2016-17.

Below: Scott Green, Engineering Site Director for Google, speaks to the panel on Thursday at the SVVSD Innovation Center.