Addressing Colorado’s Talent Pipeline

According to the 2022 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report, 91.4% of Colorado’s top jobs require some postsecondary education beyond high school. Further, emerging issues like mounting inflationary pressure, housing shortages, supply chain disruptions and global relations are creating economic obstacles for Colorado employers.

MSU Denver is perfectly positioned to provide the training and credentialing necessary to meet the needs of industry. Preparing a skilled and talented work-force ready graduate is at the heart of MSU Denver’s solution.

Funding Priorities

Our Goal: $27M

To expand the number of students graduating from high-demand programs and to improve the quality of their learning experience and preparedness while benefiting the community.

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Health Institute

The Health Institute aims to revolutionize health in Colorado by growing the health care workforce, advancing and retaining healthcare workers through interdisciplinary training and cultivating a whole-person approach to wellness.

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Office of Education Solutions

MSU Denver's School of Education created the Office of Education Solutions as a community-facing program to expands the School’s expertise in helping resolve challenging issues in education facing Colorado and the nation.

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Institute for Public Service

The Institute for Public Service focuses on inspiring, preparing, and enabling Roadrunners to serve with an emphasis on careers in government and the non-profit sector.

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School of Hospitality

MSU Denver's School of Hospitality is the largest hospitality program in the region, providing innovative education through experiential learning and real-world experience.

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MSU Denver's Cybersecurity program provides students with the knowledge and practical skills of computer crime, information systems solutions, proper seizure and recovery of computer evidence.

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CLAS Dean's Innovation Fund

The Dean’s Innovation Fund will make strategic investments in programs, services and opportunities that elevate faculty efforts and directly impact student learning outcomes in the College of Letters, Arts and Science.


Make a Gift

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While we have curated a short list of giving designations below, MSU Denver has over 100 active funds that support efforts to produce workforce-ready graduates. If the area you want to support is not listed in the drop-down menu below, simply choose “other” and tell us how you would like to designate your gift. You can also click the boxes below to review our list of active funds.