Meet LPS Focus Program Senior: Denzel, The Career Academy

The mission of Lincoln Public Schools is to prepare ALL students for successful careers, lifelong learning and civic engagement.

High school graduation is a culmination of our scholars' and educators' hard work toward this significant milestone. 

The LPS Focus Programs' core values of exploration, education, engagement and empowerment are beliefs rooted in the overall LPS mission and the school district’s commitment to high school graduation. 

Read how senior Denzel used The Career Academy (TCA) to Launch at LPS in this Q&A. 

Name: Denzel

Grade: 12

Home High School: Lincoln High 

Focus Program: The Career Academy 


Why did you choose The Career Academy?

I chose this program because I wanted to learn how to become a better welder.

How did The Career Academy change your high school experience?

It helped me work on the skills to become a welder and gave me real experience in the workforce. 

What is the greatest lesson you learned from The Career Academy? Why?

Mine would be the knowledge of real-world problems and learning the skills on how to solve them.

How did The Career Academy help you reach your graduation goals?

It helped me by giving me a high standard to hold myself to. 

What are your post-graduation plans?

My post-graduation plan is to go to Southeast Community College (SCC), get an associate degree and get certified as a welder.

How did The Career Academy help prepare you for those post-graduation plans? 

Going to TCA in high school took a year off of having to go to college. It gave me the skills I need to finish college and start my welding career sooner. 

How did The Career Academy help prepare you for the future?

It gave me skills that I can use in a trade that will always have a job available.

What would your advice be to younger students considering joining your focus program? Why?

I think everyone should do it. it will help start good skills you need to be in the trades and provide other opportunities in other pathways.

What are you most thankful about this experience? Why?

I'm thankful for my great instructors (Mike and Ricky), all the great friends I've made and the skills I've learned.


Congratulations, Denzel! We wish you the best in your future endeavors. We are thankful our educators could help you Launch at LPS!

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Published: June 10, 2024, Updated: June 10, 2024

Denzel is our featured LPS Focus Program graduating senior from The Career Academy.