Back to Work - Participant

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Back to Work - Participants

Has COVID-19 impacted your employment? Are you thinking of starting or continuing college?  The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) funded six colleges across the state to support workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provide Coloradans support in accessing and completing their credential or degree and get Back to Work.

Why should you participate?


  • Enrollment support in registration, financial aid scholarships and more
  • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of a credential/degree
  • connection and career support and transition back into the workforce


  • A COSI support person will work with you to understand the total cost of obtaining your degree, exploring federal aid and other scholarship opportunities
  • COSI Scholarship
Are you eligible?

Participants must meet the following criteria: Displaced worker due to the COVID-19 pandemic and complete a credential/degree by June 2023, including:

  • Displaced due to COVID-19 pandemic Student must complete credential/degree within the grant term
  • Prioritize new or re-engaged students
  • 0-250% of Pell-eligibility
  • Enroll at a Colorado Public Institution of Higher Education
  • Students seeking credentials or degrees aligned with Colorado Top Jobs
  • Prioritizing health care, education, information technology and jobs with the greatest projected annual openings


* Colleges may have additional participation criteria; please contact the program contact directly for information and to apply.


Are you ready to get started? Click to find a program below.

Colleges and Program Contacts


Contact Name

Contact Email

Arapahoe Community College: Career Forward

Jamie Treadwell

Colorado Mountain College: Back to Work Scholarship

Brandy Baze-Ballard 

Yesenia Arreola

Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College: What If? Program

Stephanie Parsons 

Faith Bonds

Community College of Aurora: COSI Career Connections Scholarship

Dana Davis

Community College of Denver: Work Ready Program

Tina Garcia

Metropolitan State University of Denver: Displaced Worker Grant

Sean Nguyen