Current Access Initiatives
Colorado College’s development of an immersive college preparatory program for high promise youth builds on a deep and broad history of CC efforts to promote college readiness. Below, we outline CC's multifaceted initiatives and partnerships with K12 educators, local organizations, and families that support the college pathways of youth.
Current College Preparatory Programming
The College Experience
The College Experience is the new iteration of the successful El Pomar College Readiness and Success Program. Pikes Peak area high school students are prepared for college through a series of workshops designed to address a range of topics including college success, self-advocacy, financial literacy, pre-collegiate resources, and retention. This comprehensive series consists of four workshops held throughout the year at Colorado College, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. This year’s tentative schedule is:
|Oct-Nov 2019||Pikes Peak Community College|
|February 2020||Colorado College|
|April 2020||U.S. Air Force Academy|
Educating Children of Color
Since 2008, Colorado College has served as a host and key sponsor of the Educating Children of Color conference. The goal of the conference is to encourage all youth to pursue higher education, to support teachers to be successful educators, and to educate parents on what it takes to be college ready and increase accountability in education. This year’s conference will be held on January 18, 2020.
African American Youth Leadership Conference
The African American Youth Leadership Conference committee has strategically partnered with Colorado College since 1994. The mission of the annual conference is to educate, empower, and enlighten youth to become critical thinkers and responsible citizens, and to embrace the traditions, histories, and cultures of their communities. Each March, approximately 600 youth from grades 6-12 gather on campus.
K12 Academic Enrichment Programming
Summer PreCollege Program
Colorado College Summer Session invites rising high school juniors and seniors to join the CC community in the summer. Students can enroll in dynamic courses offered on subjects ranging from environmental science and geological field study of Pikes Peak, to feminist and critical media studies, and cross-genre writing. CC’s Summer Session provides students with a rich opportunity to explore challenging academics, get inspired by the wondrous Rocky Mountain Region, and be supported by faculty that are invested in their success.
High school students also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rhythm of the Block Plan (CC’s unique academic system) with current Colorado College students in Block A and Block B, or our Pre-College Block, which is specially designed for ambitious high school students.
K12 and Community Partnerships
Below is a map of the schools and community organizations with whom Colorado College partners toward college access goals.