RISE Grant

RISE Eligible Programs

The RISE Grant Project has selected pathways to provide skilling opportunities in high-need and high-demand jobs. The grant is working within health care and renewable energy to rework coursework into shortened, stackable credentials for faster attainment.

In health care we are focusing on the nurse aid program alongside building blocks to our nursing degree programs.

In renewable energy, including solar and wind, we are adding shortened certificate programs as well as designing a mobile learning lab to allow for access to these trainings throughout our community.

This program prepares students to work as a Certified Nurse Aide in a hospital, nursing home, or other health related agency. After successful completion the student is eligible to take the Colorado Board of Nursing examination to become certified.

There are 3 courses in the short program:

  • NUA 101 Nurse Aide Health Care Skills-4credits
  • NUA 170 Nurse Aide Clinical Experience-1credit
  • NUA 102-Certification Exam Prep-0.5 credit

The Nurse Aid program does have a option for adult English language learners with support from our Adult and Community Education Center. 

  • Through this program non-traditional students can matriculate to our new programs and participate in work-based learning. 
  • We are initiating a new comprehensive barrier reduction strategy with components including: scholarships for tuition, provisions of laptops, provision of allowances for PPE and professional clothing, work-based learning stipends, transportation stipends, as well as coverage for worker's compensation liability and malpractice liability in our work based learning. 
  • With this program we will also employ a new outreach, equity, and inclusion strategy and will adopt diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices. 

For more information about our Adult and Community Education Center (ACE) click here


There are further advancement opportunities through the grant to obtain the pre requisites needed to enter into the nursing program.

Entry level students are also encouraged to take BIO 104 prior to nursing pre requisites courses.

All prerequisite courses must be completed before applying to the nursing program with the exception of (one) Anatomy & Physiology course.  The other Anatomy & Physiology course must be completed before the start of the program with a “C” or greater. A higher GPA will receive a higher admission score.  The science courses must be completed within seven years of the start date of the program.   * Please note: Students are able to test into BIO 201, BIO 202, and BIO 204 without having to take BIO 111 College Biology or BIO 104 A Human Approach.  Contact a nursing advisor for cost of test, study guides, and scheduling the test. *

Required Pre-Admission Courses (Pre-requisite Courses):

*Exception* Only one Human Anatomy & Physiology course has to be completed at the time of applying to the nursing program.  The other one has to be completed with a “C” or greater before the start of the program in the Fall.

ENG 121 English Composition I (3 credits)

HPR 108 Dietary Nutrition (1 credit) or HWE 100 Human Nutrition (3 credits)

BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)

BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)

PSY 235 Human Growth & Development (3 Credits)

One semester certificate programs

  • Industrial Safety certificate (5 credit certificate)
    • Safety topics including but not limited to Job Safety Analysis, Hazard mitigation, working at heights, OSHA training, Hazardous energy isolation/ lock-out, rigging inspections, crane operations and signals, mobile equipment operation, and CPR/ first aid training.
  • Industrial Maintenance certificate (11 credit certificate)
    • Mechanical and hydraulic training including fasteners, torque, machine alignments, precision measurements, machine maintenance, procedures, pumps, compressors, hydraulic system operation, and mechanical/ process diagrams.
  • Industrial Electricity certificate (10 credit certificate)
    • Electrical training covering fundamental AC and DC electrical theory, resistors, capacitors, inductors, transformers, motors, conductors, relays, contactors, circuit protection, control circuits, and IEC and NEMA electrical schematics. Concepts such as power generation, renewable energy, and electrical transmission are incorporated into the courses.