Pathway from High School to College: Summer Economics Program

Program Contact

Karen Gebhardt

Director of the Online Economics Program


The Economics Department at the University of Colorado Boulder in partnership with the Division of Continuing Education (CU Boulder), Economic Literacy Colorado, and Adams 12 Five Star Schools will offer a free credit-bearing summer course to rising high school seniors from the Denver metro area who are underrepresented in economics (first-generation, low-income, ethnically diverse, and/or female). The goal of this diversity, equity and inclusion initiative is to engage with students who may not see themselves as future college students and strongly support them through a college experience.

This course is a 2-credit 1000-level (i.e., introductory) economics topics course through CU Continuing Education’s Extraordinary Programs. Course dates are June 6 – July 18, 2022. The course will meet for 2.5 hours on Mondays and Wednesdays in an Adams 12 school with additional coursework completed at home and online. There will be two field trips (e.g., to CU Boulder, the Denver Mint, the Denver Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, or to a business in downtown Denver).  Students must attend all class sessions and field trips, and complete all coursework in order to receive a transcripted grade from the University of Colorado Boulder as well as college and high school credit.

School counselors will nominate students in their junior year of high school to participate in the program. Nominated students will complete a program application, and if accepted, receive a grant to pay for the course. It is expected that 20-25 students from 4-5 different high schools will be accepted into the course.

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Gebhardt (

  • Credit-bearing summer economics course for underrepresented Denver area high school students


    in colorado



    6/6/2022 - 7/18/2022

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • College of Arts & Sciences

  • Department of Economics
  • Division of Continuing Education

  • Extraordinary Programs

Program Partners

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools (High Schools)
  • Economic Literacy Colorado
  • McGraw Hill Higher Education

Audiences Served

  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
  • Students - High School
  • Urban Communities
  • Youth Placed At Risk