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College Works

College Works frames the summer before your first year at MSU Denver to provide on-campus employment, knowledge of MSU Denver resources, and connection to MSU Denver students and staff.


Summer Experience:

A College Works Scholar experiences a summer of exposure to MSU Denver by working in an on campus job that often pertains to their major or field of study. In addition to employment, scholars will expand their perspective by participating in workshops led by Peer Mentors that will complement their professional development and first year preparation. Students will have access to resources that will equip them to enter college generating feeling prepared and ready to further their education. 


To participate in the College Works program you must be able to attend an employment orientation of 2 hours during the week of May 28-June 1st and a twelve hour training the week of June 4-8th.  After attending orientation, College Works participants will be placed in an on-campus job pay $10.20/hr for approximately 12 hours a week. 


The First Year:

The College Works Program doesn’t end in the summer, but extends support and opportunities with scholars throughout the year, assuring the success of students. We help students navigate obstacles that may present themselves their first year of school. The College Works Program is a plan of support, success, and acknowledgement of college tools and resources.


How to Apply:

Please review the eligibility for the program by your county:


Adams County Residents:

  • Ages 16-24
  • Experience challenges to employment including but not limited to:
    • Receiving SNAP, TANF, or free or reduced lunch
    • Homeless or housing-insecure
    • Being a person with a disability (physical, mental, and learning)
    • Be parenting or pregnant
    • Bea foster youth or former foster youth
    • Have been involved in the criminal justice system as an offender (including a misdemeanor, felony, probation, parole, etc..)
    • Be an English language learner
  • If you have any questions about eligibility please contact Brett Schager at or 720.523.2450


Denver County Residents:

  • Ages 16 -24
  • Must meet low-income requirements such as but not limited to (SNAP, TANF, Pell-eligibility, free or reduced lunch)


Please complete this form to indicate your interest.


If you have questions please contact Lauren Koppel at or 303-605-5419.