Displaced Workers: Back to Work

Displaced Workers: Back to Work

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 participants support in accessing and completing their credential or degree.

Participants will receive support in such areas as enrollment, financial aid and scholarships, 1:1 support to ensure progression toward credential/degree completion, and connection and transition to the workforce.  Eligible participants must meet the following criteria: displaced worker due to the COVID-19 pandemic and complete a credential/degree by June 2022.  The colleges may have additional participation criteria; please contact the program contact directly for information.

Are you ready to get started?  Please reach out to the program contact at the college you are interested in attending for information and program requirements.


Colleges and Program Contacts


Contact Name

Contact Email

Arapahoe Community College: Career Forward

Alyssa Bekerman 


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 



Community College of Aurora: COSI Career Connections Scholarship

Dana Davis 


Community College of Denver: Work Ready Program

Jamie Treadwell 


Metropolitan State University of Denver: Displaced Worker Grant

Sean Nguyen