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Northwest Regional Council partnership with four regional Higher Education Institutions

The Northwest Regional Council is in the midst of a project poised to have a lasting impact on the region. With a four-year funding commitment and a partnership among the four institutions of higher education in the region, the Northwest Regional Council is leading an effort to provide a more effective educational pipeline to students who would otherwise not pursue higher education. The pipeline, named Reach Your Peak, begins in begins in middle school with summer camps, designed to provide middle school and high school students an opportunity to learn new skills and expand their perceptions of education.  Participants are exposed to hands-on training in focus areas such as culinary arts, auto mechanics, and science; and energy workshops. In the inaugural year, more than 220 students participated in nine different summer camps hosted by the four colleges and universities. The pipeline continues with concurrent enrollment in high school, and culminates with a transferable scholarship to any of the four partner institutions in the region. In 2014, the provided funding to fill a gap during the early high school years, and additional programs to further encourage a connection to workforce development. Learn more about Reach Your Peak at their website or watch this video on the program! 

Check out this video for highlights from the 2015 summer camps at Colorado Mesa University, 

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Regional Council Members


Dave Palenchar
Trustee, El Pomar Foundation


Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser
President and CEO, Colorado Mountain College


The Honorable Tilman M. Bishop
Regent Emeritus, University of Colorado


Audrey Danner
Executive Director, Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership and the Marianna Raftopoulos Business Incubator Center


Tim Foster
President, Colorado Mesa University

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