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Postsecondary Readiness


The Office of Postsecondary Readiness supports districts, BOCES, and schools in thinking through the personalization of a pathway through high school and on to college and career for every student in Colorado.  This office seeks to support all the ways students can enter into postsecondary education – including certificate programs, apprenticeships, 2- and 4-year degrees, military, and career training.  Through partnerships with higher education and the community college system, the Office of Postsecondary Readiness will work to strengthen, coordinate and align programs and policies to support students through to success in entering college and the workforce.


To assist and support districts and schools to ensure that secondary students in Colorado graduate high school ready for college and career.


We exist to:

  • Ensure that students are engaged and graduate ready for success in postsecondary and the workforce
  • Build capacity to meet student needs for postsecondary readiness
  • Lead the nation in policy and positive outcomes—Become a National Model Leader
  • Identify, scale and support LEAs to adopt evidenced –based best practices
  • Ensure policies are clear and well communicated
  • Identify and utilize champions of Postsecondary Readiness
  • Promote adequate resources and staffing

Colorado's Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Definition:

"The knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to high school graduates to be prepared to enter college and the workforce and compete in the global economy including content knowledge, learning and behavior skills."

Source: State Board of Education and the Commission on High Education's joint adoption on June 30, 2009 of the description of Postsecondary Workforce Readiness

School Counselor Corps Grant RFP Now Available

The 2014-2015 School Counselor Corps Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) is now available to LEAs for funding to increase the availability and implementation of effective school-based counseling within secondary schools. 

This RFP is being released, but is contingent upon enacting pending legislation (SB 14-150) and any funding appropriated to the School Counselor Corps program for 2014-15 school year. Note: If the pending legislation is not signed into law, new awards will not be made for the 2014-15 school year.

Approximately $750,000 will be available for the 2014-2015 school year, for roughly 20 grant awards.  In year one of the four-year grant cycle, individual awards will range between $25,000 and $50,000. In the second, third, and fourth years of the grant, successful grantees will receive up to $80,000 per funded school.  Priority consideration will be given to LEAs that have not been previously funded. Middle and high schools are encouraged to apply with their “feeder” school(s) (if applicable).

An application training webinar will be held on Wed., April 2 from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. If you would like to register for the webinar please email,


Recorded Webinar


Webinar PowerPoint Presentation


If you are interested in applying for this funding opportunity, please submit a Letter of Intent by Friday, April 4, 2014 to,


Applications are due Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by 4:00 p.m.


School Counselor Corps RFP (PDF)


School Counselor Corps RFP (Word)


Interactive Cover Page for RFP (Word)


Budget Workbook (Excel)

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