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Colorado will provide free education to students across health care jobs as it tries to fill dire worker shortages

A state effort to ease Colorado’s dire shortage of health care workers will offer tuition-free training for several thousand students, providing a much-needed boost to hospitals and clinics.  The Care Forward Colorado Program will invest $26 million of federal COVID stimulus funding into the program for two years, guaranteeing free schooling for students interested in […]

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An “invisible population” of Colorado parents in college faces barriers to obtaining degrees

Most weeknights, after her 3-year-old daughter, A’nyah, falls asleep, Molly Clark cracks open her textbooks and studies until her eyes “feel like sandpaper.”  “As soon as I feel like it’s not any use anymore, I’ll backtrack a few pages, put my bookmark in, and I’ll go to bed, which is usually around 12 to 2:30,” […]

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Colorado FAFSA rate rebounds but falls short of national average

The number of Colorado high school students completing federal financial aid forms increased for the first time since the start of the pandemic.  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that even Colorado’s improving rate falls well below the national average. Overall, Colorado’s Federal Application for Financial Aid completion rate increased by 2.2 percentage points for […]

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Here’s how COVID-19 affected the way in which Colorado students head to college

The rate at which Colorado students are going to college right out of high school has dipped, and those who do go are less prepared. And participation in programs offering college experience in high school has remained stagnant. Those takeaways detailed in the state’s recent annual look at the state’s higher education progress offer a better view […]

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All the cool Colorado universities and colleges have one: a mountain campus

This fall, about 1,500 first-year University of Denver students will take turns descending winding mountain roads toward a cluster of rustic cabins, an open field containing a ropes course and barely any cellphone service. It’s something of a “digital desert,” said Jeremy Haefner, chancellor of the University of Denver,  but it offers an amenity hard […]

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Colorado teacher prep programs saw an “exodus” when COVID hit — another test for school districts facing shortages

While teaching English to Greeley elementary school students who were just starting to learn the language, Ricardo Lopez would often hear his father’s struggles in their voices. “You don’t want to see them struggle like you see someone so close to you struggle trying to communicate,” said Lopez, whose dad immigrated to the United States […]

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Rural Colorado students go to college at low rates. But one town bucks the trend.

Sisters Shaelea and Ryanna Pruett can rattle off plenty of facts about raising cattle. The Fowler High School graduates know the ideal build for a bull and how to bottle-raise a calf. The sisters could try to make a living on their family ranch tucked between Manzanola and Fowler on Colorado’s southeastern plains.  Instead, their […]

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Colorado school districts are hiring teachers to start work before they graduate amid educator shortage

Ellie Howe began teaching this year beside some of the same teachers she had as a middle schooler in the Eagle County School District, where they guided her through math problems, Spanish vocabulary and social studies projects. “Those teachers definitely pushed me to be a better individual in school,” said Howe, who is still learning […]