Posted inEducation, News

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 […]

Posted inEducation, News

Colorado students have recovered some academic ground since COVID arrived but deficits remain, test results show

Colorado students made significant headway in overcoming academic setbacks due to pandemic-related hiccups in learning, but their progress still hasn’t set them fully back on track, according to state standardized test data published by the Colorado Department of Education on Wednesday. Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessments are typically conducted each spring as a way […]

Posted inBusiness, News

Tourists quickly returned to Colorado’s mountain towns during COVID. But they’re just now getting back to Denver.

The urban workhorse of Colorado’s tourism industry is finally recovering from COVID. Denver and its Front Range neighbors have endured long-haul symptoms from the pandemic, as convention and city tourism struggled to recover from shutdowns and the collapse of both leisure and business tourism. While other more rural communities rebounded quickly — perhaps too quickly […]

Posted inSunLit, SunLit Interviews

SunLit Interview: Jenny Shank drew on experience to reach across chasms in “Mixed Company”

Jenny Shank is a Boulder-based writer whose stories, essays, satire, and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Guardian. Her work has been honorably mentioned by The Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She writes a monthly newsletter called The Tumbleweed, at https://jennyshank.substack.com. She teaches […]

Posted inEquity, News

Nonprofit gives $1.5M cash to more than 600 formerly incarcerated Coloradans transitioning back to community

Heather Fitzsimmons was working on getting her life back together and staying clean while on probation in Aurora when she noticed what seemed to be an extra deposit in the account where she gets paid. Fitzsimmons called to alert her employers at the Center for Employment Opportunities in Denver, part of a national organization providing […]