• Be Boulder: CU Highlights the Roaring Fork PreCollegiate Program

  • Guest Opinion: The Amazing Success of the PreCollegiate Program


    Defining success in the social program world is challenging.  In the case of RE-1 School District’s PreCollegiate Program it is clear as a bell.

  • College Becomes Reality for Glenwood Twins


    Keyla and Kenia Contereas share more than just a birthday.  The fraternal twins-both are seniors at Glenwood Springs High School-also share the dream of going to college, thanks to Roaring Fork PreCollegiate.

  • YouthEntity culinary team preps for nationals


    John Stroud
    Post Independent
    Published April 1, 2016

    “Three minutes!” warns chef instructor Matt Maier as his YouthEntity culinary team goes through final preparation for their cooking drill, during which they have one hour to cook and plate a three-course meal.

    Tucked into a 10-foot-by-10-foot space equipped with two portable gas burners, the four-student team works with precision to make sure all of the pots, pans, utensils and ingredients are in the right spot.

    “One minute!”

    “It’s important that we practice just like it will be at competition,” Maier, of, said of the upcoming ProStart National Invitational to be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas April 28 through May 1.

    “You have an allotted amount of time to complete everything, including setup, cooking time and cleanup,” he explained.
  • Tough times inspire Mauricio Sosa to pursue Basalt Peace Garden


    Scott Condon
    The Aspen Times
    Published December 20, 2015

    Basalt High School sophomore Mauricio Sosa is proving that bravery comes in many forms.

    Sosa has a slight build, is soft-spoken and a bit shy. He said the shyness is a product of being picked on for so long. “Since I was in first grade, I’ve been made fun of or whatever,” he said.

    Many victims of bullying would disengage, retreat into a shell and become a loner. Instead, Sosa is channeling his struggles into something positive, not only for himself but for every other student at Basalt High School.

    He launched plans last year for a Peace Garden in a large, empty courtyard outside the school’s library. He first envisioned the garden as a place where he could go to take his mind off not fitting in. Now he sees it as a place where any student can go to relax and recharge.

  • Cross Currents - Pre-Collegiate Program & Depression Research


    Carolyne Heldman
    Aspen Public Radio
    Aired July 22, 2015
    On CrossCurrents this week - David Smith on the Roaring Fork Valley School District's Pre-Collegiate Program, and Dr. Joshua Gordon on the latest research and treatment of depression.

  • Pre-Collegiate volunteer “hooked” on helping


    Bonnie Cretti
    Special to The Sopris Sun
    Published August 21, 2014
    I retired from full-time teaching at Roaring Fork High School in the spring of 2004. Within just a few weeks, I was contacted by the then-director of the Pre-Collegiate Program, Adriana Ayala, to see if I would be interested in becoming a volunteer mentor. Would I take on a group of freshmen at RFHS who had lost their mentor? For some prescient reason, I did not hesitate to say “yes.” Ten years and many re-inventions later, I am still hooked.

    Pre-Collegiate is a microcosm of what could and maybe should be provided for all high-school students in the Roaring Fork School District. It provides mentoring, test preparation, access to opportunities, summer programs, parental support, and information about the entire college application process for its students. These advantages would benefit all students, but are only now available for those who qualify, who are first-generation college-bound and who show academic promise at some point between the sixth and 11th grades.

  • Pre-Collegiate Program will “always believe in you”


    Yazmin Castillo
    Sopris Sun Intern
    Published August 21, 2014
    “This program will always believe you.” This is what Ingrid Gomez had to say about the Roaring Fork Pre-Collegiate Program, which caters to future first generation college students from Roaring Fork, Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools. Along with other students, I have been involved in the program since my seventh grade year in Carbondale schools, and it has been a wonderful experience.

    During the middle school years the program exposes you to different careers and also prepares you to be successful in your upcoming years of high school. When the students enter high school, that’s when all the fun and hard work begins.

    The Pre-Collegiate Program also offers four summer programs: two at Colorado Mountain College (which last a week) and two at the University of Colorado at Boulder campus (which last two weeks). I had the privilege to attend all of them. Not only were they a rewarding experience academically and socially, but it’s an involvement that I will carry and treasure my whole life.

  • RE-1 Pre-Collegiate Program enters new phase


    David D. Smith
    Sopris Sun
    Published August 21, 2014
    The process of applying to and paying for college is daunting even for those with the best support systems. Navigating that gauntlet is usually more difficult for those students who are the first in their family trying to get a post-secondary education.

    Over 10 years ago, visionary leaders in the Roaring Fork School District recognized this dilemma and, with the help of community partners, formed the Roaring Fork Pre-Collegiate Program. The program is designed to provide additional support to those students in the Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt schools who would be the first in their family to go to college.

    The program offers academic and extracurricular enrichment through a volunteer-mentor based system. Mentors begin working with small groups of selected students in the seventh grade and stay with them through graduation. Many mentors build lifelong relationships with their “kids.” Through regular meetings, mentors help to introduce the concept of college. They work on nuts-and-bolts-like essays, resumes and college applications, and help students with financial aid and scholarship applications. The work is all geared towards establishing a culture and expectation of college attendance.

  • Pre-Collegiate Program fulfills the promise of opportunity


    Diana Sirko/Bob Rankin
    Post Independent
    Published August 7, 2014

    State Rep. Bob Rankin was so impressed by the results he saw in a recent meeting with CU-Boulder Chancellor Phil DiStefano, he asked Diana Sirko, superintendent of Roaring Fork School District, to coauthor this article about RFSD’s successful Pre-Collegiate program.

    When our nation was formed, our forefathers had a vision of public schools for all that would create an opportunity for every one of our children to become educated and have access to a future to match their dreams. It’s especially satisfying to be able to share the successes of a unique program that is delivering on that promise of opportunity.

    As our four district high schools in the Roaring Fork School District completed the last academic year, we had the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and graduation of the class of 2014. As all of these fine young men and women left us to pursue future endeavors, we also recognized the accomplishments of the students who participated in the Roaring Fork Pre-Collegiate Program.