DENVER EDUCATION ATTAINMENT NETWORKCLEAR PATHS. BRIGHT FUTURES.
The Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN) is a collective impact initiative focused on increasing educational attainment and closing the attainment gap for students in Denver.
Colorado has one of the largest postsecondary attainment gaps in the country. Almost all high-growth, high-demand jobs that pay a living wage for a family of three require some type of postsecondary education. Low-income, minority
DEAN works in the space between institutions and organizations, connecting work and driving systems change to increase educational attainment, erase equity gaps and increase workforce opportunities.
Almost all high-growth, high-demand jobs that pay a living wage for a family of three require some type of postsecondary education.
The district’s largest minority demographic groups are the two most negatively impacted by Colorado’s attainment gap – Latino (55.5 percent) and African-American students (13.4 percent).
DEAN partners with Denver Public Schools, the Auraria Campus (Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver), Emily Griffith Technical College, the City and County of Denver as well as non-profit and corporate partners, to develop an enrollment, persistence and completion strategy to serve our most vulnerable students.
Denver is 1 of 17 regions across the country designated as a Talent Hub by Lumina Foundation.
DEAN is leading the Denver Talent Hub strategy: Denver Direct Pathways. This collaborative effort by DEAN partners Denver Public Schools, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College and others will make a complex college system more easily navigable. By aligning and smoothing out education and training pathways, more students will complete college and gain access to good jobs, providing Denver and Colorado the work-ready talent needed to meet the demands of the 21st century.