Northwest Regional Council Commits $600,000 over four years to support higher education pipeline
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. This three-phase pipeline 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. The Northwest Council has taken a sustainable approach to the project, committing $150,000 per year, with the institutions matching funds from the Council 1:1. Looking forward, the Council seeks opportunities to keep students engaged and aware of higher education prospects through their early high school years. The Council will work to identify organizations that serve youth ages 12-14 and examine possibilities of partnerships and collaboration.
Regional Council Members
Trustee/Special Projects, El Pomar Foundation
Regent, University of Colorado
County Commissioner, Moffat County
President, Colorado Mesa University