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Colorado Mountain College to spend $40M to build housing for students getting priced out of mountain towns

Jon Shipley moved to Summit County from Texas to earn an associates degree in environmental science at Colorado Mountain College. Last fall he signed a two-year lease for an apartment. Earlier this year his landlord sold the unit and now Shipley and his family must move by the end of August. “Our landlord said he […]

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National Ski Patrol, Colorado Mountain College will get “refresh” from former GOCO leader

Chris Castilian is stepping away after a four-year run as Great Outdoors Colorado’s executive director with his checklist completed.  He developed a new strategic vision for Lottery-funded investment in Colorado communities. He helped create the new Fishers Peak State Park. He directed more than $270 million in GOCO grants. And his team spread six regional […]

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Opinion: As Colorado lawmakers, we call on the legislature to invest $15 million to support workers and students affected by the pandemic

For the more than 300,000 Coloradans who lost jobs within the past year, many are left to consider what retraining and skills they need to get back into the workforce.  Similarly, current college students face difficult decisions and are at risk of dropping out, citing a loss of child care, employment, or the need to […]

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Leadville’s gear-lending “library” is tearing down barriers to build a new generation of outdoor adventurers

LEADVILLE — Vanessa Saldivar was 5 when her father hiked her up the bunny slope at Mt. Hood Skibowl in Oregon. She didn’t have a fancy jacket. She used socks as mittens. Her dad gave her a nudge. And she was hooked.  “All these barriers just broke down in that moment,” said the new executive […]

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Colorado grants $27 million to support career training, literacy programs, Indigenous curriculum

Colorado awarded $27 million in education grants to 19 programs aimed at helping students in communities hit hard by the pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis and state officials announced Monday.   The announcement represents the second round of funding under the RISE grant program, which emphasizes cooperative programs between school districts, charter schools, and higher education institutions […]