Fort Lewis College received $3.6 million for the Southwest Colorado District Collaborative, a partnership between FLC, Pueblo Community College, and southwest Colorado school districts to pool resources and build strong postsecondary pathways for students in the build trades and environmental sciences.
The Southwest Colorado District Collaborative is one of the first awardees in Governor Polis’ Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) Fund. In September, Gov. Polis announced the $32.7 million RISE fund, which supports high-needs school districts, charter schools, and public institutions of higher education in addressing the learning challenges related to the economic, social, and health impacts of COVID-19.
“Bringing this type of education straight to the schools and Tribes will break the rural and COVID-19 barriers for students receiving the education they need to become productive and contributing citizens,” said La Titia Taylor, director of education for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. “The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Education Department supports Fort Lewis’ vision of building trades pathways.”