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College Works

The College Works program provides recent high school graduates planning to attend MSU Denver the opportunity to earn money by working for a campus department and get a jump start on their college journey the summer before their freshman year. 

College Works will enable you to start school with the ability to navigate college and find resources, a peer mentor, and a team of people there to support you.



If you participate, you will: 

  • Be placed in a job with a department at MSU Denver for the summer with the opportunity to continue employment in the fall.   
  • Be paired with a peer mentor to answer questions and help guide you all summer and your entire time at MSU Denver.
  • Engage in weekly Knowledge is Power sessions where you will learn how to navigate MSU, gain tools for student success, and enhance career and job skills.
  • Be part of a First Year Experience class designed to give you a chance to get a feel for college academics, learn about resources for success, gain skills to navigate MSU Denver, and meet new people. We will cover tuition and fees for this class- a $270 value!



The College Works summer program will start in June 2021 and continue until fall classes start in August. 

The format of the program may change dependent on restrictions related to COVID-19.  We will update the website as information becomes available to us. 

To take advantage of this amazing opportunity please complete the application by clicking on the Apply Now button.  We will contact select candidates for a follow-up phone interview.  Space is limited, so apply today!

Participation Requirements

To participate in the College Works program you must be able to attend an employment orientation prior to May and five days (from 9:00-1:00) of job skills training the second week of June. After attending training, College Works participants will be placed in an on-campus job.

Please review your eligibility for the program by the county you live in below:

Outside Denver County

  • Ages 16-24
  • Experience challenges to employment including but not limited to:
    • Eligible for SNAP, TANF, or free or reduced lunch]
    • Homeless or housing-insecure
    • Be a person with a disability (physical, mental, and learning)
    • Be parenting or pregnant
    • Be a foster youth or former foster youth
    • Have been involved in the criminal justice system as an offender (including a misdemeanor, felony, probation, parole, etc...)
    • Be an English language learner

To verify or ask questions about eligibility outside Denver County please contact Brett Schager at or 720.523.6964.

Denver County Residents

  • Ages 16 -24
  • Meet one low-income requirement such as:
    • Attended a Title 1 School (follow link for a list of Title 1 Schools)
    • Receive SNAP, TANF, or free or reduced lunch


Please complete this form to apply.


If you have any questions about the program, please contact Scott Bergman at

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