College & Career Readiness
While the Colorado paradox of bringing highly skilled workers in from out of state due to not having enough qualified workers in state persists, the CREC has worked to support rural districts in program development and implementation that fits the rural context. This solution helps position rural communities for prosperity while helping to meet the states workforce pipeline.
Our Current Work
Thanks to a grant from the Daniels Fund, students across the six districts (Cheraw,La Junta, Los Animas, Rocky Ford, Swink, Wiley) of the Santa Fe Trail Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) are experiencing development of a college/career pathway system for students that includes advising, exposure opportunities, skill-building, work-based learning and employment.
The goal of the CREC is to develop and pilot the model in the Santa Fe Trail BOCES in partnership with Battelle for Kids and Bridges to Careers and then spread the work to other rural BOCES.
The project is off to a promising start! Coverage from local newspapers and other publications can be found here:
To see our work from the 2017 Rural Education Summit, click here.