CAREER START Application Process 2018


Sophomores and juniors interested in the Career Start (formerly known as Area Vocational Program (AVP): first talk to your counselor about your interest in Career Start ! Acceptance into the program depends on your credit standing, attendance, behavior, maturity, and postsecondary goals (depending on your goals after high school, the program may not be appropriate for you).

Remember that Career Start is a Concurrent Enrollment program! If approved, you are enrolled at both AOHS and Pikes Peak CC/Int. Salon & Spa Academy.  There are many things to consider before enrolling in a concurrent enrollment program, including that your grades appear on both transcripts, and you will be required to pay the district back for any tuition initially paid on your behalf if you fail any of the Career Start classes or don’t complete them (you wouldn’t want that on your first college transcript!). Daily attendance is critical and required in this program and you may be dismissed from Career Start for violating their attendance policies or any other policies set by PPCC or ISSA. 


  • Step 1: Students attend an introductory information meeting with Ms. Estepp
  • Step 2:  Attend the MANDATORY District 20 Information Night for students and parents on Wed, Jan. 10 at 6pm at the district office, 1110 Chapel Hills Drive. Students will receive pertinent information about the program and permission slips for the required field trip to PPCC at this meeting.
  • Step 3:  Turn in the PPCC field trip permission form to Ms. Estepp, on or before Wed, Jan. 18.
  • Step 4:  Attend the PPCC required field trip on Friday, January 26th. For students interested in ISSA-the required meeting/visit to International Salon & Spa Academy (5707 N. Academy Blvd) will be announced at a later date.
  • Step 5: Students meet with Ms Estepp February 7th  to receive information about the application process, including all application paperwork. 
  • Step 6:  Applications forms are due to Ms. Estepp on or before Feb. 13 at 10:00am! No late applications will be accepted.
  • Step 7:  For approved students, Ms. Estepp will go over the PPCC online application process.  Students must apply online at home and have both their social security number and parent/guardian ID when applying.
  • Step 8:  Confirm students that need to take the ACCUPLACER for acceptance into their program (not all programs require the ACCUPLACER).
  • Step 9:  Students approved for Career Start next year to request their program choices online. Registration begins at 2pm and it’s first come, first served across the city! Your checks are due at this time! $75, payable to Academy School District 20.

If you have questions about this process or the program, please email Kelli Estepp, AOHS Counselor.