Back to Work - Participant


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Back to Work - Participants


Has COVID-19 impacted your employment? Are you thinking of starting or continuing college?  The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) funded six colleges across the state to support workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide Coloradans support in accessing and completing their credential or degree and get Back to Work.

Why should you participate?


  • Enrollment support in registration, financial aid scholarships and more
  • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of a credential/degree
  • connection and career support and transition back into the workforce


  • A COSI support person will work with you to understand the total cost of obtaining your degree, exploring federal aid and other scholarship opportunities
  • COSI Scholarship
Are you eligible?

Participants must meet the following criteria: Displaced worker due to the COVID-19 pandemic and complete a credential/degree by June 2023, including:

  • Displaced due to COVID-19 pandemic Student must complete credential/degree within the grant term
  • Prioritize new or re-engaged students
  • 0-250% of Pell-eligibility
  • Enroll at a Colorado Public Institution of Higher Education
  • Students seeking credentials or degrees aligned with Colorado Top Jobs
  • Prioritizing health care, education, information technology and jobs with the greatest projected annual openings


* Colleges may have additional participation criteria; please contact the program contact directly for information and to apply.


Are you ready to get started? Click to find a program below.

Colleges and Program Contacts


Contact Name

Contact Email

Adams State University

Korry Goldstein

Arapahoe Community College: Career Forward

Jamie Treadwell

Colorado Mountain College: Back to Work Scholarship

Brandy Baze-Ballard 

Yesenia Arreola

Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College: What If? Program

Stephanie Parsons 

Faith Bonds

Colorado State University Pueblo

Aolany Navas-Griggs

Community College of Aurora: COSI Career Connections Scholarship

Dana Davis

Community College of Denver: Work Ready Program

Tina Garcia

Early Childhood Counseling Leadership Alliance

Cameron Fall

Emily Griffith Foundation

Ann Leonard

Empowering Communities Globally 

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Front Range Community College

Olivia Kail

Lamar Community College 

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Metropolitan State University of Denver: Displaced Worker Grant

Sean Nguyen

Pickens Technical College  

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Pikes Peak Community College Foundation

Barbra Sandlin

Pikes Peak United Way 

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Pueblo Community College 

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University of Colorado Boulder 

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University of Northern Colorado Foundation 

Nickie Archibeque

Western Colorado University 

Terry Schliesman

Our Back to Work program is currently growing! Colleges across the state are getting ready to serve students. If you don't see an institution in your area below, sign up here and we will share your information with institutions across the state this Fall 2021 semester.

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