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Spotlight 2023



Want to assess the risks and benefits of college degrees? Then consider the issues of degree value, affordability, access, and debt.

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Talent pool

Wanted: Flexibility in degree attainment to help college students and the businesses that will employ them.

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Recent alumni put their degrees to work
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Test results

While working as an intensive care nurse during COVID-19, this CSU Pueblo alumna completed her Doctor of Nursing practice and now is a nurse practitioner in her home community.

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The right track

A degree in philosophy and participation in the campus Native American Cultural Center helped this CSU alum find his place. Now he’s in law school, planning to practice Tribal law.

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Water wise

After service in the U.S. Marine Corps, this Hispanic grad studied watershed science at CSU and now is pursuing a doctorate with plans to advance equal access to clean water.

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Growth potential

As his family struggled with homelessness, this CSU Global alum took custody of his younger brother, earned an online degree, and secured a job that allows him to support himself and his brother.

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Network security

This husband and wife bonded while competing on CSU Pueblo’s standout cybersecurity team. Now they’re both working in cybersecurity for the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Tech team

These sisters graduated the same year in technology fields at CSU and now work together at a Fortune 500 company, hoping to inspire other Black kids to pursue STEM careers.

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Animal instinct

This CSU alumna grew up in rural Colorado, earned an animal science degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at CSU – and now owns a bustling veterinary practice in rural Missouri.

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By degrees

As a single, working mom, this CSU Global grad earned two online degrees and worked her way into healthcare education. Now, she’s set to earn a third degree that will allow her to practice medicine.

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