Work-Based Learning

Beyond the classroom, into the community!

PSD's PWR Internship and PaCE programs give students real-work experiences in the business community through Internships, job-shadowing and apprenticeships. Learn more below.


PWR Internships (Postsecondary and Workforce Ready)

The PWR Internship program gives students opportunities to explore careers they are interested in. Students spend 75 hours one semester with an employer/mentor, participating in professional experiences to help determine their career or educational choices after high school. 

Students earn five elective credits. College credit through concurrent enrollment is not available.

Employers share professional experiences and let students participate in different areas of their business. Worker’s compensation and liability insurance are covered by PSD

Student expectations:

  • Have a minimum 3.4 GPA; students with a lower GPA may be eligible with two letters of recommendations
  • Intern (unpaid) for 75 hours in one semester
  • Provide own transportation

Learn more on the PWR Internship program website. Contact listed below.


PaCE (Professional and Community Experience) Program

Through PaCE, juniors and seniors gain job skills through internships, apprenticeships, paid work and volunteer experiences. Students explore careers through industry tours, real-world professional experiences, and by building a professional network. Students earn credit toward high school graduation.

The program is available to all juniors and seniors interested in building workplace skills and knowledge. Students should meet with their school counselor to learn more and to apply.     

Contacts for PaCE listed below.

    Contact Information

    PWR Internship Coordinator
    Kelly Kappel |

    PaCE High School Contacts
    Fort Collins High School - Pamela Davidson | 970.488.8112
    Fossil Ridge High School -Tanya Alcaraz | 970.488.6333
    Poudre High School - Wendy Bryner | 970.488.6166
    Rocky Mountain High School - Tanya Alcaraz | 970.488.7036