Colorado Challenge: Driving degree completion

Karina Orellana is pursuing her Criminal Justice degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a junior and will graduate in the fall of 2018. She is a first generation student who grew up in a very supportive single parent household.

“When I started working I became money focused, I am not a very good student to begin with so you can imagine how I was doing. If it wasn’t for Colorado Challenge I would have probably taken a class I did not need and not take class I needed.”

Click here about Karina Orellana’s journey and how Colorado Challenge has supported her.

Carlee Bradford has earned her Psychology degree at Colorado State University at Pueblo this last May. Her passion includes assisting college students who are low-income and first-generation because she relates and has been in their position.

“I feel that getting a college degree is extremely important, and I am grateful for programs like GEAR UP and Colorado Challenge that assist students like me.”

Click here to read more about Carlee Bradford’s journey and how Colorado Challenge has supported her.

Darren Romero graduated this last December with his degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Adams State University. He has been a GEAR UP student since he was in 8th grade.

“Throughout his years at Adams he had several times when he was going to throw in the towel but after talking for a little bit he of course pushed on. Not only did he push on but he took several summer courses and graduated a year early.”

Click here to read more about Darren Romero’s journey and how Colorado Challenge has supported her.

Kayla Rojas is pursuing a biology degree at Metropolitan State University. She is a junior and will graduate in the spring of 2018. She hopes to one day become a veterinarian serving dogs, cats and horses.

“DSF has given me an unbelievable support system, because of my Colorado Challenge family I have the resources I need to succeed at Metro.”

Click here to read more about Kayla Rojas’s journey and how Colorado Challenge has supported her.

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Colorado Challenge College/University Events Calendar(Click the link to view the calendar)

Do you need support with your FAFSA and Scholarship applications? Are you looking for opportunities to connect with Colorado Challenge Counselors or other Colorado Challenge students? Maybe you just need a place to relax and grad some lunch or snacks during finals! Check out the Colorado Challenge College/University Events Calendar for up to date information on events that the program is hosting or collaborating on campus departments!



Colorado Challenge High School Events Calendar (Click the link to view the calendar)

Are you a current high school student who is planning on attending one of our partner college/universities and receiving one of our agency partners scholarships? Did you answer YES? If so, the Colorado Challenge program may be your support program at the college/university. The Colorado Challenge College Counselors are ready to help you successfully enroll in and graduate college! Check out the Colorado Challenge High School Events Calendar for up to date information on opportunities for you to learn more about our program and meet our team.


More information

Contact Cynthia N. Armendariz, Director of Colorado Challenge , at cynthia.armendariz@dhe.state.co.us or call 303-862-3001 for more information.