Endorsed Diploma Program
The PWR Endorsed Diploma
Colorado Early Colleges is offering the Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Endorsed Diploma (or the PWR Endorsed Diploma). This is the first diploma offered by the State of Colorado identifying students who have gone beyond the basic high school graduation requirements. Students are required to:
- complete a career plan through their ICAP
- demonstrate 21st century skills through internships/job shadows
- conduct community service/volunteering
- attend approved school activities or work experience and
- show additional 100 level college course work with a “B” or higher in math and English and in 3 separate areas.
In return, students with the PWR Endorsed Diploma will graduate with an “honor” and can use the endorsement to help gain priority admittance into colleges. Students will receive a, “Letter of Distinction” which serves as an explanation of the PWR Endorsed Diploma and as a resume reflecting what the student has done, above and beyond the standard high school diploma. CECFC is proud to be one of the first high school campuses that offer a PWR Endorsed Diploma, as we maintain a constant effort to stay ahead of today’s ever-changing educational landscape.
What is the PWR Endorsed Diploma?
The PWR Endorsed Diploma Program offers students the ability to obtain an endorsement on their high school diploma which meets the 2020 Colorado state graduation guidelines and requirements of Senate Bill-212. Currently, Colorado is among 28 states that offer advanced diplomas for students who show dedication to their academics and civic responsibility. There are four main areas students need to satisfy to obtain this endorsement.
- Students must achieve college readiness in Mat 120 (or equivalent) and Eng 121 with a B or higher.
- Students must work with their advisor and complete and individual career and academic plan (ICAP).
- Demonstration of 21st Century Skills through academic coursework and by high quality extracurricular activities as outlined below:
- Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of an internship/job shadow and write a five-page Capstone paper reflecting on their internship/job shadow experience.
- Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of community service/volunteering for an approved official nonprofit organization.
- Student chooses to participate in a CECFC approved school activity for two semesters OR work for at least 10 hours a month during a three-month long employment.
- Students must demonstrate mastery of academic content in three different 100 level three-college credit or CTE courses than math and English with a "B" or higher.
How do I get an Endorsed Diploma?
Students who wish to earn a PWR Endorsed Diploma must attend a PWR Endorsed Diploma meeting and enroll during fall semester. Students must be in 9-12th to earn their PWR Endorsed Diploma. During the enrollment meeting we will discuss graduation timelines, internships, employment and/or community service/volunteer hours which students need to earn for their PWR endorsement. Once students are enrolled, they may begin earning their PWR Endorsed Diploma!
Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning experiences and document their hours properly. Preauthorization of all activities is REQUIRED as it guides the learning process and appropriateness of all activities. Students are encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements as it further demonstrates postsecondary and workforce readiness.
What will the PWR Endorsed Diploma do for me?
As an honorary diploma, the PWR Endorsed Diploma distinguishes a student as being a motivated learner and a productive citizen. Post-secondary institutions are showing increased interest in students’ ability to succeed academically as well as civically. Having a PWR Endorsed Diploma allows students to show college readiness and 21st century skills which selective colleges, specialized training programs, and places of employment are targeting among lists of applicants. Students will receive a, “Letter of Distinction” from Colorado Early Colleges which describes SB-212’s advanced graduation requirements, as well as details the individual achievements and experiences the student has earned. In addition, an honorary seal will appear on their high school diploma. Graduates who are considered for valedictorian or salutatorian must complete the PWR Endorsed Diploma requirements.