College and Career Readiness Update

January 2016

Welcome back!

We hope that you are settling into the busyness of the Spring semester. Counselors are here to support you in getting Lincoln students ready for life after graduation. Below you will find important highlights from our efforts in the Fall as well as upcoming events and contact information for college and career readiness staff at Lincoln.

ALHS Counseling Staff

  • Counseling staff developed and implemented an advisement curriculum for all students.
  • 416 students currently have seats in college credit-earning classes.
  • More than 20 students took the CLEP Spanish test with a 100% pass rate.
  • More than 20 students have signed up to participate in the ASCENT program to pay for their first year of community college.
  • Counseling staff met with the district transitions team to connect the most vulnerable students to valuable resources.
  • Jillian presented at the 2015 Colorado School Counselor Association Conference on the school's home visit initiative.

Denver Scholarship Foundation

  • The class of 2016 submitted a total of 485 admissions applications with 86% accepted to at least one college.
  • Two Lincoln Seniors became Questbridge Finalists. This is the first time this has happened for this full ride scholarship.
  • Seniors submitted 33 private scholarship applications. This number should increase drastically in the coming months.
  • Three students completed the highly selective Boettcher’s Scholarship and four applied to the Daniel’s Fund.
  • $10,000 of scholarship money has been offered to the class of 2016 with more to come!
  • Lincoln hosted 21 college representative visits in the Fall.

Family and Community Engagement

  • We recruited and registered 31 students and 7 staff members to serve as AmeriCorps members. Through participation in extracurricular activities and community service, students and staff will cumulatively earn over $52,000 in education awards.
  • Our Americrop duo assisted 50 families in the Southwest community pay overdue utility bills that cumulatively totaled over $20,000 through a partnership with Energy Outreach Colorado.
  • Members from Church of the Advent donated $850 in gift cards, which will be used to incentivize parent attendance at parent trainings. The first training, a financial literacy training with the Center for Family Opportunity, was a success with 11 parent participants.
  • 42 student participated in a CareerX (half day job shadow) and 26 students participated in a CareerCoach weekly professional mentoring program with technology companies in Denver.


  • In the fall semester, sophomores and juniors went on college visits to learn more about their options after high school. Juniors had the opportunity to visit specific departments aligned to their career interests, including health sciences, criminal justice, and engineering. They were able to speak with professors and students, participate in hands-on activities, and sit in on actual classes.
  • The GEAR UP counselors (Jillian and Adrian) have been going on home visits to make sure families are informed about their students’ progress and the resources available at Lincoln. They completed 15 home visits in the fall and will continue doing monthly visits throughout the spring semester.
  • Four Lincoln students participated in the GEAR UP Junior Ambassadors program over the summer and have been working on creating an action plan to support undocumented and DACA students at the school.


  • Students had the opportunity to participate in the following events and network with a number of professionals in the Denver community: Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge at DU, Denver Tech Services, CareerX work site visits to Denver Tech Services and Home Advisor.
  • College site visits included trips to Emily Griffith Technical College, Community College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, and Metro State University of Denver.
  • In the classroom, students participated in lessons on workplace skills, career research, and post-secondary awareness. Students were introduced to the RIASEC/Holland Code work interest types, and used this information to identify careers and colleges that would better align with their personality and career interests.
  • More than 25 students attended a Careers in Technology panel with professionals from Serenity Forge, a video game company from Boulder. These students were able to learn more about securing a position in the field and connect over shared interests.
  • Rita Schnittgrund's Financial Algebra students prepared for their site visit to Charles Schwab by learning about interview skills and public speaking. They were able to test these skills with the professionals at Schwab.

Upcoming Events

January 26-28th - ACCUPLACER Testing for all Juniors

February 2nd - Careers in Health Panel, 5th Period, Library

February 11th - ALHS FAFSA Completion Workshop, 4:30-7:30pm

February 16-19th & 23rd-25th - Junior College Visits to UNC

February 23rd - Sophomore College Visits

February 25th - ALHS FAFSA Completion Workshop, 4:30-7:30pm

April 7th - Junior Parent Meetings, 10:00am & 6:00pm

Staff Profiles

ALHS Counseling Staff

Kelly Bravo: 9th - Last Names H-P, 10th - Last Names P-Z

Theresa Cosgrove: 9th - Last Names Q-Z, 12th - Last Names O-Z

Jillian Gleason: 10th & 11th - Last Names A-Gl

Amber Lister: 9th - Last Names A-G, 12th - Last Names G-F

Adrian Mendoza: 10th & 11th - Last Names Go-O

Heather Ray: 11th - Last Names P-Z, 12th - Last Names G-N


GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness in Undergraduate Programs. GEAR UP is a federally funded grant that places full time counselors in 3 of our Denver high schools (CEC Middle College, North High School and Abraham Lincoln High School) who follow the classes of 2017 and 2018. The purpose of the grant is increase graduation rates and college and career readiness.