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    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:

    September 2019UCCS
    Oct-Nov 2019Pikes Peak Community College
    February 2020Colorado College
    April 2020U.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
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    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.

    Gifted and Talented Plus Summer Program
    In 2019, Colorado College entered its 37th year of offering this three-week summer program for gifted elementary school and now middle and high school students. Students entering grades one through nine in August are eligible for these courses, which are designed to challenge their intellectual and creative abilities. Children accepted into the Gifted and Talented Plus program will attend fun and engaging classes each morning for three weeks in June, Monday through Friday.

    The program brings to the campus teachers who are experienced and skilled in working with gifted children and who are well educated in their fields. Each teacher has a graduate teaching assistant to help provide the individual attention that gifted children need.

    WhizBang Science Summer Program
    WhizBang Science is a two-week morning summer experience in July for elementary and middle school students. In 2019, the program entered its 34th year of operation.

    This program features hands-on, exploratory, experienced-based activities with an emphasis on but not limited to science and technology. Students are given the opportunity to develop creative, critical thinking process skills through a variety of scientific and engineering investigations. The staff consists of experienced classroom teachers from local schools who are experts in science education. The pupil-to-teacher ratio is low, encouraging individual exploration and small-group interaction.

    K12 and Community Partnerships

    Below is a map of the schools and community organizations with whom Colorado College partners toward college access goals.