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Welcome to the Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP) grant page.

The CHAMP grant is a Round 3 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant given to a consortium of Colorado community colleges and Metropolitan State University of Denver by the Department of Labor. The goals of the CHAMP grant are to:

  • build off Colorado’s existing and emerging manufacturing sector partnerships and career pathway work to develop employer-driven curriculum throughout the grant period;
  • use technology to accelerate training and reach a broad audience;
  • redesign the current Colorado Community College System model for credit for prior learning to accelerate certification;
  • develop stackable and latticed certificates with institutional agreements between the participating community colleges and MSU Denver.


As a TAACCCT grant, the main goal of CHAMP is to prioritize TAA-eligible workers and market to other adult learners, particularly women and veterans. To better market to adult learners who might already hold one or more jobs, CHAMP will utilize an online learning system which will provide the knowledge expected by manufacturers. CHAMP will create well-defined and employer-driven courses and certificates to ensure that the education students receive through the program directly correlates with the need in the manufacturing field.

The University

Founded in 1965, Metropolitan State University of Denver has grown to nearly 24,000 students and educates more undergraduate Coloradans than anyone else in the state. Since nearly 75 percent of our alumni live and work in Denver and the state, you could say we specialize in fostering homegrown talent for the challenges of a new century. Anything but homogenized, you’ll enjoy a unique university experience, including all that the city and people from all walks of life offer.

The University balances the benefits of being one of the largest public universities in the country—and all the opportunities that creates—with the goal of giving you an individualized academic experience through: Classes of 22, not 200; Accessible professors; Targeted advisers; Industry mentors.

We know you have a choice of universities. We just believe we’re the best one if you want a real education in a real urban setting from committed experts who put you first. MSU Denver provides an amazing selection of  majors, minors, certificate programs and even custom-degree options to meet any need or interest. We also offer evening, weekend and online courses to fit even the busiest schedules.

Because life goes on while you attend MSU Denver, it’s our goal to make sure you stay and complete your educational goals by offering support services such as financial aidpersonal counselingacademic success programs, and more.

CHAMP Consortium Members

Front Range Community College (FRCC) is the fiscal lead of the CHAMP grant

The seven other partnering institutions are:

MSU Denver is the 4-year partnering institution and will be accepting credit acquired from partnering community colleges for transfer and articulation to MSU Denver’s degree programs.

Other consortium members include:

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