College Track in Colorado
Colorado is ranked one of the best economies in the country, yet less than one quarter of residents achieve the level of education necessary to earn a seat at the table. With so many young people moving to the area to take part in Denver’s workforce, there’s an even greater need to prepare our homegrown talent to compete and thrive.
In 2011, College Track partnered with Aurora Public Schools to bring our unique 10-year program to students from Rangeview and Gateway High School. Five years later, we opened our Denver center in partnership with Denver Public Schools and the Sheridan School District to serve students from Abraham Lincoln, Denver South, John F. Kennedy, Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, and Sheridan High School.
Today, the region serves more than 500 students annually, with two classes of college graduates from Aurora connecting their skills and passions to regions workforce.
Our Regional Impact
students currently enrolled
graduated or actively pursuing a degree
the national graduation rate for first-generation & low-income students
“In all my years of working in Colorado, I have decided to focus my time and efforts on College Track because I want to be a part of a movement towards educational equity. I want to be a part of lifting up the 21st century economy and bringing every student and leader into Colorado’s thriving economy.”
Barbara Grogan, Chair, College Track Colorado Regional Advisory Board
Our Corporate Residency Program
In 2019, College Track Colorado became the second region to launch a Corporate Residency Program to ensure that our students can connect their skills and talents with careers they’re passionate about.
Every summer, our high school and college students participate in day-long visits with our partner host companies across the Denver metro area. The day’s activities are specifically designed for students to engage with company staff, learn about possible career pathways, develop a professional network, experience the corporate environment, understand how to prepare for interviews, and explore available internship or job opportunities.
To learn more, read our brochure and contact us to become a Corporate Residency Partner!
Our Regional Partners
We are proud to partner with a diverse array of businesses, foundations, corporations, and educational institutions who are invested in changing Colorado’s opportunity landscape and seeing that every student can unlock their full potential.
Colorado Local Advisory Board
Barbara Grogan (Chair) Founder and CEO, Western Industrial Contractors
Kim DeLashmit Principal, Orange Marketing
Jill Elwood Senior Vice President, Human Resources, FirstBank
Curtis L. Esquibel Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Boettcher Foundation
Adeeb Khan Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Executive Director, Delta Dental of Colorado
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 Guadalupe Martinez Sr. Landman, Occidental
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 Chief Operating Officer, DSST Public Schools
Adam Silver Vice President, Denver Test Prep
Becky Takeda-Tinker President, Colorado State University, Global Campus
Vanessa Aponte Williams Human Spaceflight Exploration Lead of Advanced Programs, Lockheed Martin Space
Joan Winstein Owner, IP, Licensing, and Publishing Agency
Contact Our Team
You can contact our Colorado Regional office by emailing Lisa Shook at email@example.com.
For partnership inquiries, contact Shay-La Romney, Regional Partnerships Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.