Connecting employers with career-ready students

Hire education that works.

Anchor Institutions endure because they are the economic engines – and beating hearts – of the urban communities they serve. And for 55 years, Metropolitan State University of Denver has been the metro area’s workforce pipeline for Aurorans aspiring to the American dream.

Roadrunners are ubiquitous across the region, with 65,000 graduates living within 25 miles of the University. MSU Denver generates $562.7 million in economic impact across the Denver – Aurora – Lakewood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Aurora’s Talent Pipeline

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With more than 500 industry partners in Aurora alone, we’re connecting employers – both big and small – with students primed to make a difference on Day One.

And even before: With an average age of 25 and nearly 80% working full- or part-time while studying, Roadrunners have applied knowhow and tenacity in their DNA.

As U.S. News’ 3rd Most Innovative University in the West Region, MSU Denver is well-positioned to facilitate real-world learning experiences and upskilling homegrown talent for Aurora’s workforce pipeline.

Classroom to Career Hub

The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub does exactly that. Connecting students and employers, it focuses on the Colorado economy and anticipated growth industries to develop relationships between the University and organizations in those fields.

The C2 Hub Industry Partnerships team matches prospective employers with students through relevant career development programs and experiential learning while supporting organizational recruitment.


Engagement opportunities include:

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Talent Pipeline

Employers participate in recruiting events and post opportunities for jobs, internships, service learning and volunteering.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Build a more diverse and inclusive work environment by investing in top talent and accessing equity resources that support diversity recruitment. At MSU Denver, 57% of undergraduates are first-generation students and more than 50% are students of color. We also have a thriving LGBTQ community and more than 1,000 military veteran students.

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Branding and Parnerships

Advertise and engage students through mentoring, guest lecturing, scholarships and student services. Collaborate with faculty experts on research and assessment projects.

Professional Learning and Development

Help your current employees develop their skillset with certificates, undergraduate degrees, master’s programs and continuing education.

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Skills Lab

The University launched its virtual Skills Lab to help people learn new skills in growth industries – for free. Working with industry leaders, MSU Denver curated existing technical courses with new faculty-created trainings in areas such as e-commerce, cybersecurity and health services.

The bottom line is clear: When it comes to Aurora, MSU Denver works.

That’s possible here.

A World of Possibility Next Door to Aurora

Roadrunners choose from more 200 majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs – or even customizable degree options.

Our faculty are industry icons and nationally recognized experts whose passion for teaching connects them to expansive networks and careers.