December 2018
Introduction from CIC Director Julia Pirnack

It’s been a busy couple of months as we moved forward with a request for proposal, received responses, held interviews and ultimately decided to move forward with a vendor. If you can’t stand the suspense, skip to details below. We also wrapped up a very successful College Application Month and our inaugural Colorado Free Application Day. We’re pleased to announce our scholarship winners below!  


Moving Ahead with a New Vision and Product 

Based on the recommendation from the Multi-Agency Taskforce, the executive committee of the Workforce Development Council approved moving forward with the RFP response proposed by the vendor consortium of BrightHive, PAIRIN, Ligature Creative and Maher and Maher. In order to finalize the potential contract for work, during the upcoming two-month period, we will focus on the following:     

  1. Further define the platform structure and features, including refining the specific deliverables for Phase I (ending June 30, 2019) and Phase II (ending June 30, 2020); 
  2. Develop a mutually agreeable operating approach & style to begin to integrate the teams and interests of identified stakeholders; 
  3. Draft and execute a Master Task Order Contract; 
  4. Create an Exemplar Journey to demonstrate the product to potential funders.      
We will be working with each partner agency to confirm the subject matter experts, administrators and practitioners that will engage with the vendor team during the December and January design discovery period.   


Please let me know if you would like to participate in or have any questions about this project.

Announcing our College Application Month Scholarship Winners

More than 7,000 high school seniors from 76 schools across the state took part in this year’s College Application Month campaign, and nearly 150 completed all six weeks’ worth of activities to qualify for our $1,000 scholarship giveaway. Today, we’re thrilled to announce our two winners.  


Drum roll, please:

Congratulations to our two winners, Grace Gonzalez from Coal Ridge High School in New Castle, and Joseph Pham from Pinnacle Charter High School in Thornton!  


Thank you to our participants and educators who made College Application Month the best yet! Remember—it’s not too late for students to plan their tomorrow. Students may still access our bootcamp at CICCollegeAppMonth.org to walk through the key steps in continuing their education, whether they apply to the military, a certificate program, a two-year or four-year institution.

CAM Educator Survey

We made a lot of changes to this year’s College Application Month campaign, and we want to hear what you think! Take this 10-minute survey and let us know the good, bad and the ugly from this year’s effort so we can refine our programming in the future. We appreciate your insights!

Website Updates

Custom Student Surveys 
In the first phase of this new tool, professionals can create custom surveys to assign to students to complete. Educators with administrative rights in the Professional Center can define and store multiple custom surveys and manage the local list of available surveys.  

Annual Tracking
New annual tracking options for 20 different activities help counselors and administrators track activities that may be required for completion in multiple years (for example, adding saved careers in each of grades 9, 10 and 11).  

Communications Log
Professionals can now use the Communication Log to create and maintain a chronological journal of interactions and communications with students, parents, and guardians.   

Batch Account Creation Tool 
Educators and administrators creating accounts using the Batch Account Creation tool in the Professional Center can now use students’email addresses for the students’ user names. This will make it easier for students to remember their user names. 

Saved Schools
The portfolio activity, Saved Colleges and Postsecondary Schools has been updated with a fresh new look and new functionality.  Students who save colleges or other postsecondary institutions to their Portfolio can now sort,rate, and upload reference documents for each school. 

Financial Aid Award Estimator 
The Financial Aid Award Estimator has been updated for the 2018-2019 school year. This update gives students current academic year information to help them calculate potential costs, federal financial aid estimates  and other information to attend Colorado colleges.

Scholarship Alert: Latinas First Foundation

College-bound or currently-enrolled Latina leaders seeking to continue their education should check out this opportunity offered by the Latinas First Foundation. Apply by Jan. 18, 2019! Learn more here

Free Tax Help and Resources for Colorado Families

For the past 25 years The Piton Foundation has been operating an outreach campaign which shares free resources with Colorado families, spreading the word about free tax assistance and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).     

Anyone who earns $55,000 or less can qualify for free tax help, and there are more than 100 free tax sites in Colorado. Free tax filing saves a family an average of $250 at tax time, but for many families it costs much more! In addition to saving filing fees, the EITC can be worth up to $6,400 for families who qualify! 


Visit GetAheadColorado.org or call 2-1-1 to find a free tax site near you.

   

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