Work-Based Learning

Beyond the classroom, into the community!

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



NoCo Inspire

Connecting the classroom to careers, bringing students and businesses together

NoCo Inspire gives PSD high school students a chance to explore careers and industries by connecting them with local employers and community mentors. The goals are to give students career readiness skills by having them interact and build relationships with businesses and future employers, and to support a sustainable future workforce.

How NoCo Inspire works for:

Community businesses and mentors: Register your services and opportunities for students. Work-based learning coordinators at PSD’s four comprehensive high schools see available opportunities in the NoCo Inspire database and match students to offers. Career exploration opportunities from businesses may range from virtual conversations in a monitored chat room, to speakers in the classroom, to internship experiences and apprenticeships.NoCo Inspire logo button link to the NoCo Inspire website.

Note: All business partners and mentors undergo a background. 

Students: See employer profiles, upcoming events and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as ask questions of professionals working in the northern Colorado community.

Educators: Be in tune with how you can connect students to the northern Colorado professional community.

Parents and guardians: Learn how you can help your student explore career options and prepare for the future.

Log on to the NoCo Inspire website, register and begin connecting! 


PWR Internships 

Current sophomores and juniors can apply now for internships in the 2020-2021 school year! Internships will take place during the students' junior or senior year. 

The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 16. 

To apply or see a list of available internships, visit the PWR Internship program website. 

The PWR Internship program gives students opportunities to explore careers they are interested in while earning high school credit. 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.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.4 GPA (if lower, students may be eligible with two letters of recommendations) and provide their own transportation.

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

Learn more on the PWR Internship program website.


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 can earn up to 40 elective credits toward high school graduation (during their junior and senior years, including summer). Flexibility with school schedules is available.

  • 15 hours = 1 credit 

Students interested in registering for PaCE should submit a Student Interest form  

PaCE 1 (first semester in PaCE)

  • Class meets one a week during lunch
  • Weekly attendance and assignments are 50% of the student's grade
  • Employer evaluation is 50% of the student's grade

PaCE 2 (multiple semesters - must have already completed PaCE 1)

  • Weekly time sheets/check ins
  • Excellent quarterly employer evaluations
  • Can add/drop at semester

Summer PaCE (between junior and senior year - must have already completed PaCE 1)

  • Can earn up to 5 credits

Contact Information

NoCo Inspire Liaison
Tanya Alcaraz |

PWR Internship Coordinator
Kelly Kappel |

Work-Based Learning Coordinators
Fort Collins HS - Pamela Davidson |
Fossil Ridge HS -Terra Thiebaut |
Poudre HS - Wendy Tomaschow|
Rocky Mountain HS - Robert Papp |