Cherry Creek Innovation Campus

The new CCIC building opens for the 2019-20 school year


Tracy Johnson, Staffer

On August 12, 2019, the new Cherry Creek Innovation Campus opens to 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The campus known as the CCIC, provides a job-like experience for students to be better prepared for after high school careers.

Mark Morgan, the principal of the CCIC, in his message to the Cherry Creek School District Community said, “Whether students’ post-high school plans include college, military, or entering the workforce right after graduation, the CCIC will provide opportunities to gain valuable college credit and/or industry-recognized certifications.”

The CCIC innovation campus was introduced to the freshmen at Smoky Hill during their freshman seminar classes. “It’s very advanced and it gives a lot more opportunities for future generations,” said freshman Naomi Lubega.

The campus offers classes for seven different pathways. These pathways include Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Tourism, Infrastructure Engineering, IT, STEAM, and Transportation.

The CCIC application for the 2019-20 school year has received over 1300 applications. The facility believes they will prepare students for job demands in the 21st century. The campus provides courses that give students high school as well as college credit.

The CCIC concept on the official website said, “With curriculum rooted in real-world skills and trade certifications ranging from the computer sciences to aviation to health sciences, this facility will offer students a new kind of bridge to college and viable, successful careers.”