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Venture Academy of Leadership & Entrepreneurship


The Latin root “Educo” means to draw out from what is already inside. Our goal at VALE is to unite passion with purpose as students uncover learning to solve relevant and meaningful challenges, giving students agency in their learning.

Venture Academy of Leadership and Entrepreneurship (VALE)  is Douglas County School District’s newest high school opening  in August 2023 in the newly renovated ACC Parker building just west of Chaparral High school.

Graduates of VALE will be patented, published, practitioners that have deep expertise in problem based learning, entrepreneurship, and leadership with the relevant work experience to be competitive in today and tomorrow’s global economy. VALE’s programming is designed around leadership, entrepreneurship, problem based learning, and work based learning. Students will learn in a Google type of environment that fosters creativity and collaboration with small class sizes and opportunities to engage in internships and apprenticeships with industry partners.

Project Team

Douglas County School District

Owner’s Representative
Joe Haws

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JHL Constructors

Project Executive
Brian Townsend

Edgar Cardenas

Project Engineer
José Arosemena

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Cuningham Architects

Project Architect
Doug Adams

Project Manager
Paul Graham


Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical Engineer

John Blauman

Acoustical Engineer
Austin Hinners

Acoustical Engineer
Carina Estrada


Progress Photos

Site Safety

Safety is our top priority! On all school projects, JHL utilizes Raptorware for all subcontractors on site, an access and tracking system that scans identification cards (drivers licenses, alien registration cards, green cards, and passports) and immediately conducts a background check with current information. Any person that is flagged by Raptorware will be refused entry to the site. Prior to subcontractor selection, companies are required to sign JHL’s project specific guidelines contract. A requirement of this includes drug testing and background checks for all employees who will be on campus.

Our safety program begins with our safety committee and extends to each and every person who sets foot on a JHL jobsite. We realize that, especially in the construction industry, there has been a discrepancy between practice and policy with regard to on the job safety. Our approach to reconciling that discrepancy is to instill each of our employees with a personal devotion to safety and the dedication to insure that each of our jobsites remains an accident free environment.

JHL’s safety record is one of the best in the industry and we are committed to keeping it that way. JHL has never once had an incident or accident with a student, staff member, or community member on any of our projects.