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Posted: February 28, 2008

Denver - The 10 students vying to be named the “Apprentice” in the first Apprentice Challenge @ Metro State are learning a lot about themselves as they near the mid-way point of this pilot program. They are sharing their experiences with the public at

The two five-student teams (The A-Team and 5280 Closers) are getting hands-on opportunities to work with successful business and nonprofit leaders on projects that impact the local community. They have completed one project and are now working on their second project which charges them assisting non-profit communities to meet some of the needs of Mayor Hickenlooper’s Denver’s Road Home initiative to end homelessness.

Having one of four total challenges under their belt, the teams are starting to understand what it takes to be a winner and to be successful. In her blog, public relations major Erin Kasch says it’s not easy to balance school, work, friends and the Challenge.

“I find myself wishing I was my dog or a kid again. My dog Otis sleeps almost all day, gets to go to the dog park on the weekends, gets lots of love and attention from his humans, gets to play with his friend Oliver (who lives on the fourth floor) and he receives the occasional bacon treat from mom,” writes Kasch, who toured the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as a member of 5280 Closers, the winners of the first project. “Ahh, the life of a dog! So simple! To be a kid again would be even better! No responsibilities, summers last super long.”

The A-Team is down, but not out. In her blog, marketing major Kaleigh Braun congratulated the other team for their win, but stated “You may have won this battle but The A-Team will win the war!” Her teammate, computer information systems major, Chris Wilcox adds, “You guys came out strong and set the bar for the rest of the competition. But don't get too comfortable, there is plenty of competition left.”

Though they are competing as teams, only one person will be named the “Apprentice” and win a full-ride scholarship and an internship.

To learn more about the team projects visit or contact Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133 or Students are available for media interviews.


Developed by the Metropolitan State College of Denver Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Apprentice Challenge @ Metro State follows two teams 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. The winner will be announced at The Boardroom Finale on Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus.