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21st Century College Readiness Center


The purpose of the 21st Century College Readiness Center is to strengthen and improve K-12 student educational motivation and academic achievement in math, science, reading, and writing through the alignment of in-school and out-of-school initiatives. The endeavor’s three components include academic tutoring, enrichment programs, and parent engagement and support. The project is funded under a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center five-year grant through the Colorado Department of Education (April 2012 to April 2017 equaling $1,110,000) and in partnership with Denver Public Schools (DPS) along with Young American’s Bank and MSU Denver Enrollment Services, Athletic Department, Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department, English Department, First Year Success, Teacher Education, and others. MSU Denver students who are preparing to teach or perform in other professional service capacities in high-need urban schools are employed as tutors, mentors, and enrichment instructors in five partner schools: Cheltenham Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Abraham Lincoln High School, Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, and West High School (Legacy and Generation Academy). Additionally, MSU Denver professors contribute expertise in program design, instruction, and as instructional coaches to tutors. First year results (2012-13 academic year) include:

• Enrolled 282 DPS elementary and high school students in after-school programs

• Hired 17 MSU Denver students as tutors and enrichment instructors

• Leveraged support from more than 20 district and school administrators, and classroom teachers

• Tapped instructional services and expertise of faculty and staff from more than 10 MSU Denver offices, departments, and centers

• Leveraged grants and other contributed services of approximately $15,000

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