Colorado is ranked one of the best economies in the U.S., yet less than half of students in the city are earning the higher education necessary to earn their seat at the table.
Denver boasts some of the state’s largest and fastest growing industries–from aerospace to finance to energy and healthcare. By 2020, nearly 70% of all jobs in these sectors, and many others, will require a college degree. With so many young people moving to the area to take part in the city’s thriving workforce, there’s even greater need to prepare its residents to compete in this lucrative economy.
Following our success in Aurora, College Track partnered with Denver Public Schools to open its doors on the Abraham Lincoln High School campus in 2016. This year, the center will move to a brand new facility and prepare to launch its first class of students to college.
A View Inside…
On the first Monday of every month, the entire College Track Denver community heads to our neighborhood church for “Family Career Night,” an event designed for our students and their families to learn more about different career opportunities and how to pursue careers in fields they’re passionate about. Each month features new professionals from a variety of Denver-based companies and organizations who share their own professional trajectories through a networking hour and interactive panel focused on what we call The Four P’s: Passion, Purpose, Power, and Possibility.
What Our Students Have Achieved
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Scholar Spotlight: Moudji, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
I have always been creative, however I was unsure of how to turn my creativity into college readiness. I attend an arts high school and participate in dance classes and theater productions outside of school. Performing Arts is my passion and College Track has helped me realize that I can make it a career, by giving me a platform to further explore my dreams.
College Track makes it easy for me to connect to opportunities that will allow me to reach my goals. I love the open communication I receive from staff and how the community feels like family. I am already thinking about attending The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. I know that with the encouragement of College Track, my fantasy of performing on stage professionally will become a reality.
My sister, who is also in the program, and I will become the first in our family to earn bachelor’s degrees. I am confident that College Track will help me to define my future goals and prepare for college and beyond.
Colorado Local Advisory Board
Barbara Grogan Founder and CEO, Western Industrial Contractors (Board Chair)
Alires Almon Director of Innovation, Mental Health Center of Denver
Kim DeLashmit Principal, Orange Marketing
Curtis Esquibel Associate Director, Latino Leadership Institute
Adeeb Khan Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, TIAA
Teresa Kostenbauer Senior Manager, University Relations and Recruitment, Arrow Electronics
Josh Kunau Founder/Producer, Roots Productions; Attorney/Owner, The Law Offices of Joshua A. Kunau
Ivan London Attorney, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Sarai Martinez Sr. Landman, Occidental
Abel Medrano Co-Owner/Managing Partner, High Rock Real Estate
Karen McNeil-Miller President & CEO, The Colorado Health Foundation
Nadim Quarshie Private Wealth Banker at U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management
Jennifer Rocks Director, Deloitte Consulting
Tameeka Smith Cofounder, E’Clat Ventures
Adam Silver Vice President, Denver Test Prep
Becky Takeda-Tinker President, Colorado University Global Campus
Vanessa Aponte Williams Human Spaceflight Exploration Lead of Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin Space
Joan Winstein Owner, IP, Licensing, and Publishing Agency