After three years of deep partnership with rural communities across the state, Colorado Succeeds & CEI understand what it takes to help communities develop, implement, and sustain tangible change in the way they approach career-connected learning, community partnership, and academic relevance to real-world skills and experiences.
These learnings are now expanding across the state, establishing a new approach to education centered on student engagement, school relevance, career-connected learning, and business and community partnership.
HTI 2.0 Network
Statewide Investment in Rural Collaboration
Thanks to the State of Colorado’s Rural Coaction investment, the HTI network is growing to include nearly 50 districts. This expansion elevates our partnership across the state with groups building regional educonomies to ensure pathways and opportunities across rural Colorado.
This unprecedented expansion of rural networks creates an opportunity to enhance career-connected learning, regional collaboration, school-community partnerships, and networked learning and knowledge sharing in Colorado with regional and national implications.
Not only are these districts working within their communities to affect change, they’re also working with one another to learn, troubleshoot, question, collaborate and resource-share to build permanent solutions.
HTI Elements of Success
Through HTI, communities commit to developing homegrown, career-connected learning programs. Communities collaborate to design and implement ways to tap into the potential of local talent early on while students are still in middle and high school – so that they can build homegrown opportunity and pathways to serve the unique needs of business and industry in their local community.
There are six essential components of success:
Local community leadership and design teams comprised of K-12, business, and higher education leaders.
Support to build a high-quality profile of a high school graduate that aligns with local community values.
Participation in a well-supported process to design programs intended to dramatically improve access to pathways that lead to economic opportunity when students leave school.
Colorado-grown inspiration in the form of well-documented innovations already underway in other communities.
Specific technical assistance for local businesses to sustainably work with education systems.
The opportunity for funding to launch designs in communities in the second phase of the project, with the ultimate intent to create high-quality proof points of and champions for this work.