Center for Pre-Collegiate and Academic Outreach Programs staff:
Front Row from Left: Anitra Palato-Montoya, Upward Bound Program Director; Greg Lee, Associate Director for the Center; Leslie Ramirez, Middle School Coordinator ; Reyna Escamilla, Administrative Assistant for the Center and Koreeña Montoya, Scholars Coordinator.
Back Row from Left: Abenicio Rael, Pre-Collegiate Health Careers Program Director; Larry Armenta, Director for the Center and Junior Reina, Upward Bound Coordinator.
The Center for Pre-Collegiate and Academic Outreach programs currently houses six unique and distinct programs. These are identified as having: early outreach, ongoing pro-active academic guidance, educational access, retention, and finally graduation from higher education.
The Pre-Collegiate Middle School Academic Program (PCMSAP) at the University of Colorado Denver Downtown Campus is an academic enhancement program. The Program is designed to adequately prepare first generation college bound students in grades 7 and 8 to enroll in a college preparatory curriculum and successfully complete their secondary school career. Therefore, students selected to participate in the Program will be expected to remain active participants throughout their middle school years.
The Program will offer students the opportunity to engage in a wide range of pre-college activities throughout the academic year. The academic component will offer students monthly Saturday Academies consisting of basic study skills (i.e. effective note taking, test preparation, effective listening, etc.). Students will also be exposed to supplemental academic instruction, communication skills development, career exploration, high school transition preparation, parent partnership workshops, and a variety of cultural enrichment activities.
The Program serves as a precursor to the Pre-Collegiate Development Program for high school students. Students who successfully complete the Program with a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better will then be admitted to the high school program at the beginning of their freshman year.
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The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP), at the University of Colorado Denver Downtown Campus, is an institutionally funded academic enhancement program for high school students. The Program has been in existence on the Denver Campus since January of 1988. The program's objective is to motivate and prepare first generation college bound students (grades 9 thru 12), who attend Denver metro area high schools, to successfully complete high school on a timely basis and possess the necessary skills to successfully enter and graduate from a college or university of their choice.
During the academic year, students are provided with relevant Saturday Academies in areas such as: the College Access Process, Basic Study Skills Mastery, Career Exploration, and Student Communication Workshops. During the summer, students are provided with either a two-week (sophomores) or five-week (juniors) intensive Summer Academic Program.
During this experience, students are exposed to various academic courses, which are designed to enhance and augment their college entry requirements (i.e. mathematics, sciences, and writing) once they return to their host high school for either their junior or senior year.
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The Pre-Collegiate Health Careers (PCHCP) at the University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC), is an academic, enrichment and support program designed to motivate first generation college bound students to successfully graduate from high school, complete a college preparatory curriculum and to pursue a college education leading to a career in a health care profession.
The Program will offer students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to engage in a wide range of pre-college activities throughout the academic year. The academic year component will provide students monthly Saturday Academies consisting of health career options, study skills, and academic/financial aid workshops.
The Program has been established to provide assistance to students throughout their high school years, so that they will be adequately prepared to enter the college of their choice when they graduate. Therefore, students selected to participate in the Program will be expected to remain active throughout high school.
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The Upward Bound Power-Up Program at the University of Colorado Denver Downtown Campus, a federally funded TRIO program, is an educational pre-college program for first generation college bound students (neither of whose natural or adoptive parent(s) received a baccalaureate degree) from Sheridan and Jefferson high schools. Upward Bound's mission is to prepare and help motivate students with potential for success in post-secondary education. Participants are selected based on their academic performance, motivation for success, recommendations from teachers, counselors and additional criteria.
The objective of the Program is to provide participants with the necessary skills needed to successfully graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. Students participate in after school and weekend programs which include supplemental education, academic themed workshops, field trips and college campus tours. Every student also participates in a six week summer program designed to prepare them from their high school classes and the college application process. In addition, all students participate in a shadowing program with current college students and working professionals in the Denver metro area.
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The CU Denver Scholars Program at the University of Colorado Denver, Downtown Campus is an early college enrollment program for high achieving first generation college bound students (neither of whose natural or adoptive parent(s) received a baccalaureate degree). The Program allows students to begin their college studies by taking one course on the CU Denver Campus during the fall and spring semesters of their senior year. The credits earned in the courses can be applied toward a bachelor's degree at the University of Colorado Denver or at another higher education institution of the student's choice.
Prior to and during their enrollment, scholars engage in orientation, admissions, financial aid seminars, and other workshops. Some workshops will request the presence of a parent or guardian. These workshops are designed to acclimate the students to the university and prepare them for full-time college study. Assistance with course selection, educational planning, and tutoring is provided to students.
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The Denver Transfer Initiative
The Denver Transfer Initiative (DTI) is a cooperative project between the Community College of Denver (CCD) and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) at increasing the graduation rate and completion of Bachelor degrees for traditionally underserved populations, specifically first generation, low income and Hispanic. The project is designed to provide assistance and support to students throughout their coursework and educational career while attending their first two years at the CCD, on through the transfer process, allowing their continuance of their last two years of coursework to be completed at the UC Denver.
Housed in the Transfer Success Center at 1027 Ninth Street Park, DTI students receive continuous assistance in the form of: support, guidance and advocacy; financial aid and scholarship application assistance; two-year to four-year transfer degree planning; career assessment, exploration, and counseling; peer mentoring and tutoring services; connection to campus and community resources; attendance to informational workshops; and the opportunity to attend student events and multicultural activities to name a few.
DTI is a Title V grant project funded by the Department of Education’s, "Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program" which helps eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) enhance and expand their capacity to serve Hispanic and low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional stability, management, and fiscal capabilities of eligible institutions.
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For additional information contact:
University of Colorado Denver
Center for Pre-Collegiate and
Academic Outreach Programs
Campus Box 147
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364