The University of Colorado Boulder sponsors a number of college preparatory programs for first-generation and low-income families. Each program has a specific service delivery area and specific requirements for participation and helps their students develop the skills needed to successfully transition to the college or university of their choice. The programs include an opportunity to participate in a summer academic experience on the Boulder campus as an introduction to "college life.
CU System Programs (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs) (includes Video)
The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is an institutionally-funded academic enhancement program for targeted middle and high school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare first generation students in pursuit of their higher education goals.
PCDP is structured to ensure that students are academically prepared to enroll and be successful at the University of Colorado or any postsecondary institution of the student's choice.
PCDP is a proud member of The CU LEAD Alliance which is a campus-wide network of learning communities whose students, faculty, and staff are united to promote inclusive excellence. These "academic neighborhoods" build camaraderie and promote success by providing students with 1) cohort experiences 2) participation scholarships 3) academic enrichment activities and 4) community-building activities.
Roaring Fork School District Pre-Collegiate Program offers an incredible amount of opportunities for students wishing to continue their post-secondary education. If you are interested in learning more about this program, contact the director or stop by and talk to them at any of their two offices; one at Glenwood Springs High School and another one at Roaring Fork High School.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families, high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree, and low-income, first generation military veterans who are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.