New opportunity to reskill, upskill, or complete a current degree

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (KREX) The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative has been nicknamed the Back to Work and Back to School grant.

This grant is meant to support Coloradans displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for a fresh start. “I think it could not have come at a better time, people being stuck in their houses have had a lot of time to rethink their lives and what they want to do to better their futures, I know I have,” Stephen Stutzman, CO Opportunity Scholarship student said, “part of that and going into it is the cost of school.”

The cost of school can steer many Coloradans away from higher education, but now with financial support, Colorado Mesa University aims to help more students achieve their degree. “A lot of them had great lives going and then COVID stubs their toe and now they have to find a new set of skills,” Rick Adleman, CMU Associate Director of Development said, “to have these resources here and not just financial resources but then also help them through the process to graduation and entering the work force.”

This scholarship is an incentive for students and workers to learn a new skill or complete their degree to improve economic prospects for themselves and their communities. “It’s got to start somewhere and its got to start with a decision of you either go or you don’t,” Stutzman said.

“This does give people an opportunity to either upskill to reskill to change careers to go back to school if they started and stopped and this can be a great opportunity for people to take advantage of if they have the resources,” Dr. Angie Paccione, Executive Director, CO Department of Higher Education, said.

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