DENVER, Colo. – Imagine you’ve just been accepted to college. After the initial excitement fades, you’re probably flooded with questions: What do I do next? How am I going to pay for this? Who can help me figure it all out?
Those are concerns the newly expanded College Works program at MSU Denver has proved overwhelmingly successful in answering. The groundbreaking employment-based summer bridge effort is a partnership among local governments, industry, organizations like Goodwill Industries of Denver and the University to help lower-income students gain access to and succeed in higher education.
The results speak for themselves, too: Of the 10 students who began last year’s pilot program intending to continue at MSU Denver, nine have enrolled in classes for the fall semester.
That’s a retention-driven recipe for success – and program growth.
“The whole premise was asking what the barriers preventing accepted students from attending MSU Denver were,” said Will Mellion, Ph.D., associate director of college completion. “If you have a job on campus already, it helps remove that fear around whether or not you’ll be able to place into a work-study position for the upcoming semester.”