Denver's Top Leaders Learn from Music City

Excerpts taken from News Channel 9- Denver  

Last month, 160 of Denver's top business and civic leaders traveled to Nashville, Tenn. as a part of the 25th annual Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Leadership Exchange (LEX). This group travels annually to another city to exchange ideas and learn best practices to be implemented back in Denver.

One of the breakout sessions that generated  the most excitement among the delegation was a trip to Pearl-Cohn, a local high school with a focus on preparing students to work in the entertainment industry. Nashville's approach to public education, referred to as the Academies of Nashville, has a strong tie to workforce development. High School students have the opportunity to open enroll in one of 12 zoned high schools that offer 41 different career options. The business community is deeply invested in the Academies of Nashville, with more than 240 community partners involved. Since this model was introduced, graduation rates have increase by almost 21 percent. 

"(The students) proved the success of this education model that clearly evoked a sense of self-pride," said Tasha Jones, Leadership Exchange delegate and director of marketing for Forest City Stapleton. "The reported improvements in their attendance and graduation and engagement rates are an indication of success as well."