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Cut in the state's most recent budget have impacted funding for schools. Many in education say that's detrimental to the future of the state's economy. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Beverly Ingle, head of the Colorado Education Association.
The Town of Carbondale and the Roaring Fork School District are at odds over an educational nonprofit in the Third Street Center. KDNK's Conrad Wilson explains everyone involved is trying to avoid a lawsuit that may come anyway.
Today KDNK begins an ongoing series examining the relationship between this valley and the native cultures and tribes of the West. Starting off, we'll look at a scholarship that helps native students come to one of the Valley's most prestigious schools. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, it's one thing to get the scholarship, but fitting in is another matter.
The children of new immigrants are often the first ones in their family to have the opportunity to go to college. That comes with a lot of pressure - especially since many immigrants need to find scholarships to pay for tuition. At a panel at Roaring Fork High School students earlier this month hosted by longtime teacher Aaron Garland, a number of local high school students tackled the issue, and explained their experiences growing up as the children of immigrants. That piece was produced by KDNK's Mathew Katz.
On top of a unique curriculum focusing on high academic standards and outdoor activities, Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale boasts a 100 percent college acceptance rate. KDNK's Mathew Katz visited the private school to see how they get so many kids into college.
A landman is someone who works for energy companies to acquire mineral leases -- around Western Colorado, many visit or contact property owners to get the right to drill for natural gas under their land. Now, it's a profession that you can actually get a degree in at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. It's called the Landman/Energy Management program. Kristy Pollard is with the college, and spoke to KDNK's Mathew Katz about the new program.
Lawmakers have cut higher education funding in Colorado by hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few years. Now, the state's 48th out of 50 in the amount of money that it gives to our colleges and universities. Governor John Hickenlooper's proposed budget slashes that funding even more. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz found out, there are those trying to propose solutions to the problem.
Colleges and universities may be in for big budget cuts from the state, but community colleges get a large chunk of their money from another source: property taxes. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, community colleges may be in an even worse financial situation than other schools.
As much as getting a Bachelor's degree is a requirement for many jobs these days, it seems a college education has begun to count for less in the job market. These days, it's the people with practical skills that are getting hired, and it's causing some university graduates to reconsider their educational choices. KDNK's Mathew Katz has more.
A bill that would let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools pay in state college tuition cleared the Democratic controlled senate education committee on a party line vote late last week. The committee room was packed, and an opponent of the controversial bill even asked that all non-citizens be removed from the hearing room. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports.