End of Summer Spotlight - President's Letter

As we continue to grapple with COVID-19, many thought it would be gone by now. CABPES found itself between a rock and a hard place. How do we keep our afterschool and summer programs running? What is next for our organization. Do we sink or swim? We chose to weather the coronavirus and “see it through.”

Public schools, colleges, and universities, across the United States, turned to virtual learning to get through the spring and summer semesters of school. Many struggled to develop their online classes leaving parents frustrated and worried about their students’ educational future. The CABPES organization decided to roll up its sleeves and produce the first-ever virtual JETS Program. 

Our engineers designed a successful six-weeks virtual JETS program. We created classes for middle and high school students. We enrolled 102 students into the virtual JETS program. Students that registered for the program came from Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas. The classes that we taught included aerospace engineering, automation engineering, biomedical science, civil engineering, and computer science. Our engineers did an outstanding job teaching the classes.

Also, we ran an online math tutoring program using IXL computer software. Sixty-seven students enrolled in the online math program. Students picked up where they ended during the school year. As of today, our students have solved over 71,000 math problems.

I want to thank the following staff and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the virtual JETS program. Many thanks to Ishmael Thomas, Janice Jennings, Erin Rist, Dr. Shirley Leali, Terry Manns, Mark Smith, Adrien Bossogo-Egoume, Reuben Patterson, Dr. Charlotte Brigham, Earl White, Dr. Jimmie Jacobs, Austin Dada, Dr. Arthur Antoine, Marsha Nelson and a host of volunteers from the  City & County of Denver, Department of Transportation & Infrastructure.

Also, thanks to the dedicated students and parents for participating in our first-ever virtual JETS program.

Lastly, virtual learning in the CABPES organization is here to stay. We are in the process of planning our fall programs. CABPES will not have face-to-face classes in the fall. Please stay tuned; we will be sharing our fall plans in the next couple of weeks. Be Safe!

Dewey F. Brigham, Jr., Ph.D.
CABPES President and Executive Director

Spring Spotlight-President’s Letter

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the entire human race. Businesses, whether the private, public, or nonprofit sectors, can no longer do business as usual. We must accept a new normal of how business is conducted moving forward. CABPES has adjusted its STEM programs amid the pandemic. We ended our afterschool programs in mid-March. CABPES has made the following adjustments to continue serving our students.

Students in the Math Enrichment Program (MEP) have access to IXL, which is math software to help the students stay on track with their math classes at school and learn new math skills. Our math tutors have agreed to tutor students in math remotely. As of April 29, 2020, fifteen (15) students have solved over 11,835 math problems. We are encouraging other students and parents in our math program to take advantage of this excellent opportunity for remote learning.

In June 2020, CABPES will introduce a first-ever virtual JETS program using Zoom technology. We are planning to teach five JETS classes. We will teach aerospace engineering, automation engineering, biomedical science, civil engineering, and petroleum engineering.

CABPES wants to thank all the foundations, corporations, colleges and universities, and individuals that donate funds and volunteers to help us run successful STEM programs. We want to thank our parents and students for your dedication and participation in our afterschool STEM programs. The Community College of Denver (CCD) has been a blessing to CABPES. CCD has allowed CABPES to run our programs in their Health Sciences Building for the past three years. We are grateful to CCD for their generosity.

Lastly, our hearts go out to our graduating seniors. We have four outstanding students that have worked hard over the past 12 years to reach this pivotal point in their lives. CABPES wants to acknowledge Maliq Alford, Liam Estes, Jalaya Gilmore, and Ricardo Zapata. To all of you, I have personally watched you grow into exceptional students. You will go far in life! We know this pandemic has taken away your prom and high school graduation. Please remember you will become stronger individuals (mentally, physically, and spiritually) because of this unfortunate evil. We are pulling for you!

CABPES looks forward to working with our supporters, volunteer advisors and tutors, parents, and students during these challenging times. We encourage all of you to remain safe and maintain a positive outlook on the future. We are here for your students and encourage you to take advantage of the remote learning opportunities that we will offer throughout the summer.


Dewey F. Brigham, Jr., Ph.D.

CABPES President and Executive Director

Future City Competition 2020

On January 18, the CABPES Junior Engineers, Tomorrow’s Scientists (JETS) student’s team, Team Tropicana, participated in the Colorado Future City Competition at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Team Tropicana student team members include:  Jahmil Butler, Kori Hill, William Mitchell, Rahil Shah, Benjamin Yimer and Zachariah Yimer. 

Future City is one of the nation’s leading engineering education programs and has received national recognition and acclaim for its role in encouraging middle school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Future City is for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and challenges them to provide an answer to the question, “How can we make the world a better place?”

Team Tropicana designed a Future City that had one of the most advanced technological water quality systems in the competition.  This was our first time ever competing in the Future City Colorado Regional Competition. Our students took the 3rd Place Team Award; the John Elway Future Transportation Award; and the American Society of Civil Engineers, “Dream BIG Award.”

Congratulations, CABPES is proud of our JETS students!

39th Annual Awards Banquet Announcement

These are unique and interesting times we are living in due to the novel COVID-19 virus. The pandemic is affecting all of us. In compliance with the State of Colorado, the CDC, and with what CABPES believes is best for our students, families, and our organization, we have made the difficult decision to forgo our 2020 Annual Student Awards Banquet. We are already looking forward to our event in 2021 on May 8 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Lowry.

CABPES still looks forward to honoring this year’s graduating seniors and students. Currently, CABPES has plans to celebrate our 2019-2020 students in August. We will continue to monitor the CDC, the Colorado Department of Health, and local government recommendations to determine when we can schedule a celebration later this year.

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