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Alumni Association Launches "Apprentice Challenge at Metro State"

10 student participants announced at kick-off reception


Contact: Angelia McGowan, assistant director of communications, at 303-556-5133 or angeliam@mscd.edu

Posted: December 4, 2007



(Denver, Colo.) —A pre-med student. A veteran of the U.S. Navy. A world-ranked air hockey player. They are among 10 students vying to be named the “Apprentice” in the Apprentice Challenge @ Metro State, an exciting and educational twist to a favorite reality TV show.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, the students were officially announced in a kick-off reception on the 32nd floor of the Molson Coors Brewing Company in downtown Denver. Developed by the Metropolitan State College of Denver Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Challenge will follow a team of Metro State juniors as they compete for a full-tuition scholarship at Metro State and a one-year paid internship with a local company for their senior year.

“This challenge underscores Metro State’s role as an urban land grant college, involved in meeting the needs of businesses and of the community by solving problems and creating strategies for future growth and sustainability,” says Metro State President Stephen Jordan. “The projects our students are undertaking represent an entrepreneurial, outside-the-box approach.”

The participants will compete January – April, with the culminating boardroom finale experience on May 1, 2008. Each month student teams will develop and implement community-based projects, while being mentored by professionals in the local business and nonprofit community. Project sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, UMB Bank, CH2M HILL and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

“The Apprentice Challenge @ Metro State will empower students to excel and achieve success through experiences that are relevant, high quality and diverse,” says Cherrelyn Napue, assistant vice president of alumni relations. “The student name the Apprentice will win the top award, but all of the participants will take away invaluable experiences and friendships.”

After the culmination of each project, the team who successfully completes the task and meets the objectives outlined by the project sponsor will be rewarded for their efforts. Rewards may include private home or business tours, a plane or helicopter trip to an undisclosed location, a VIP event to an exclusive event and/or access to a local celebrity.

For more information and the complete press release go to: http://www.mscd.edu/~alumni/apprenticechallenge/pressroom.htm

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metro State is a fully-accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,000 students. It has the second-largest undergraduate enrollment in Colorado and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 60,000 alumni, 90 percent of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.