UNC Receives Grant That Will Help Strengthen Colorado’s Teaching Workforce  

UNC was selected in a highly competitive grant process, as a recipient of an $850,000 Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Back to Work grant. The funding will provide new career paths for workers displaced by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while also addressing the need for teachers in Colorado’s classrooms.

As the state-designated teacher preparation college for Colorado, UNC is uniquely positioned to focus on strengthening Colorado’s teaching workforce, a sector that was already experiencing shortages before the pandemic.

The university will use the funds — which include $600,000 in financial support for students, $225,000 for “wrap-around” student support services and $25,000 for outreach and recruitment efforts — to expand their innovative Center for Urban Education (CUE) program.