After more than a decade of declining state investment, Colorado???s system of public higher education and adult training is nearing the breaking point. The implications are severe for our families, our businesses, our communities and our future. How did this happen? What is at stake for Coloradans and their communities? And what can be done about it? This booklet offers straightforward answers to these questions.
In Alamosa and Huerfano counties, for a family of four (two adults, one preschooler and one school-age child) to be completely self sufficient, their income must exceed the median earnings of a worker with an associate degree.
Mesa State College makes life better in Western Colorado. The college offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs to residents of Grand Junction and neighboring communities. Nine out of 10 Mesa State graduates are Colorado residents, and eight out of 10 live and work in Colorado after graduation.
How did this happen? What is at stake? What can be done? This booklet offers answers to these questions. One thing is clear. With the budget cuts forced in health care and public health programs, Colorado's fiscal crisis can be hazardous to your health.