E2P Project Partnership Leads to Health Care Career Pathways

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January 20, 2014

E2P Project Partnership Leads to Health Care Career Pathways

Lakewood, CO —The Expanding Educational Pathways (E2P) project is one of 28 initiatives across Colorado to be awarded $3.4 million in grants from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, Initiative organizers announced this week.

The funds are aimed at supporting Colorado students – especially those from low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds – on the path to and through college and into the workforce.

Specifically, the $100,000 received by The Red Rocks Community College Foundation, in partnership with Red Rocks Community College, Jeffco Public Schools/Warren Tech, and University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing will help establish two new educational pathways. The E2P project has been developed to improve college access and success for the increasingly diverse population of young people attending Jeffco Public Schools toward medical assisting and nursing, two career areas that address Colorado’s critical workforce needs.

“E2P is a partnership that creates the bridge for students from low-income backgrounds to realize their dreams of working in health care careers,” said Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College.

The General Assembly last year designated $3.4 million to the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative as a seed investment to create a network of student support and scholarship programs throughout the state. This historic state investment aims to address workforce readiness, the degree attainment gap, and affordability issues that put a college degree out of reach for too many Coloradans.

“The goal is to increase post-secondary education while better preparing Colorado students to earn a livable wage, graduate with less debt and positively contribute to the growth of our state’s economy,”  said Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who is overseeing the Initiative. “We believe by partnering with philanthropists, business leaders and community groups we can bolster Colorado’s talent pipeline.”

The first phase of the Initiative involves increasing the availability and quality of student success programs for Colorado's high school students and graduates through $3.4 million in multi-year grant awards, which will offer support to 20,380 students.

The second phase will involve enlisting communities, philanthropists, and organizations to help significantly increase the cumulative amount of scholarship dollars available to Colorado resident students. Through this program, contributors will be able to draw down matching funds from the state. Hickenlooper has requested an additional $30 million to build up the state’s matching fund in his FY15-16 budget. The first scholarship dollars are expected to be awarded in spring 2016.

For more information about the Expanding Educational Pathways (E2P) project, please contact Kristin Aslan, Director of Grants, at Kristin.aslan@rrcc.edu

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting the students, faculty, and staff at the college in their pursuit of excellence. The Foundation was established in 1991 with the vision of helping students of all income levels have access to higher education. Since its inception, the Foundation has given more than $4.4 million dollars in scholarships to RRCC students and $3.7 million for other RRCC programs. The Foundation also provides mini-grants to faculty and staff, awards for outstanding faculty, and support for other worthwhile initiatives.

About Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 12,500 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

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