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Impact Career Innovation Center

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Welcome to Impact Career Innovation Center
Where our students' dreams for the future can become a reality

We are proud to honor the 4A Bond and embark on a transformative journey to construct and equip a Career and Technical Education building that will shape the destinies of our students and address our community’s future workforce needs. Our guiding principles include: 

The evolution of CTE
Students will get clear on careers at new Impact Career Innovation Center

For many years, public schools have offered a few Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes, but they were often regarded as an afterthought, overshadowed by traditional academic courses. That perception is changing, and it’s taking shape along with a stunning new building in Durango.


Under the guidance of forward-thinking Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser, Durango School District 9-R is on a mission to revamp its CTE program and set students up for success in the modern world. Cheser believes that every student should have the opportunity to explore their Ikigai (“ee-key-GAI”), a Japanese term that means finding the “sweet spot” that melds what you are good at, what you love, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for. The district’s new approach to CTE allows students to pursue their passions and gain practical skills that will lead to meaningful careers.


With the support of the school board and the community’s approval of Bond 4A in November of 2020, the district secured funding to build a new structure for the outdated CTE facilities at Durango High School. Drivers on Main Avenue may have noticed the rapid construction of the modern building on the northwest side of Durango High School’s campus. Impact - Career Innovation Center will include sustainable design features, modern workshops, computer labs, and studios equipped with cutting-edge technology and tools. The once-neglected CTE classes will now be given a new home and the attention they deserve. 


At the Impact-CIC, students will choose from a dynamic range of programming that empowers them to take charge of their educational journey, including:

  • 13 CTE pathways: Courses emphasize student-directed learning and collaboration. From daily news production and cybersecurity workshops to virtual site visits and 3-D prototyping, students will dive into immersive experiences that bridge the gap between theory and practice.

  • Concurrent enrollment: CTE courses and industry certifications provide students with valuable credentials and real-world experience, equipping them with a competitive edge in their chosen fields.

  • Student Leadership Organizations: Six student groups host conferences, competitions, and hands-on experiences in entrepreneurship, marketing, agriculture, health, technology, robotics, and more. These activities develop vital skills and foster personal growth.

  • K-12 work-based learning and events: Services for K-12 connect students with guest speakers, career fairs, resume workshops, and other resources to enhance their professional development. Learning will extend beyond the classroom, and these opportunities will bridge the gap between education and the world of work.

  • Career Jams: Middle school and elementary school events bring the CTE pathways to younger students, offering exploration and interactive workshops led by our dedicated Durango High School CTE students.


The Impact CIC is located on the Durango High School campus, a central hub for innovation and growth at 2390 Main Avenue. The building’s expected opening is from late fall 2023 to early winter 2024. The community will be invited to a Grand Opening Celebration.

Through visionary leadership, community collaboration, and a commitment to excellence, CTE students will be set on a trajectory toward fulfilling careers, proving that the future belongs to those who combine passion with practical skills.