Clear Paths. Bright Futures.

Formerly called the Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN), the Denver Partnership ignites and accelerates systems change, connecting stakeholders and driving collaboration to build an education-to-career system that works better for all learners, with a focus on learners who have historically and presently been excluded from high-value career pathways. Our vision is two-fold: 1) Dramatically increase the number and diversity of learners who complete credentials that lead to good jobs; 2) Forge a national model for closing equity gaps and increasing postsecondary attainment resulting in family-living wage employment.

Now a statewide organization, the Attainment Network mobilizes education-to-workforce partners to improve processes and break down barriers so that all learners may access and complete education and skills training that lead to family-living wage employment.  Colorado has outpaced the majority of the country in post-pandemic recovery. However, economic disparities persist for lower-income Coloradans, and particularly people of color, who have been disproportionately impacted. Creating opportunity for all requires a new approach to educating, cultivating, recruiting and retaining talent.

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Therese Ivancovich
Executive Director
Rana Tarkenton
Chief Operating Officer



The Denver Talent Hub convened K12 schools, community colleges, technical colleges, and four-year universities to map 32 degree and credential pathways leading to in-demand jobs.  These direct pathways include multiple on and off ramps to allow students to seamlessly transition between work and education, and ensure full credit articulation for prior learning.


Fulfilling their role as a regional and state intermediary, the Attainment Network supported an additional 13 FTE positions at various partner organizations to advance systems change through a set of grants between 2017-2020.  Acting as a flexible and effective capacity builder, the Talent Hub is an exemplar at braiding funds to make a concentrated impact on student outcomes.

Key Initiatives

Aligning data across partners

DEAN convenes a Data Working Group to build a shared pathways data set and develop a data evaluation process with agreed-upon protocols for collecting, sharing and analyzing data to inform collaborative action. The framework will provide structure to collaboratively analyze data, to develop cross-institutional strategies to address the data and to measure the efficacy of those strategies.

Aligning career-connected pathways

DEAN convenes an Academic Alignment and Implementation Working Group to create clear academic and career maps that connect K-12 to postsecondary to employment and alleviate procedural burdens on learners. The team develops common processes and shared templates that are required to map cross-institutional pathways with built-in postsecondary accelerators like concurrent enrollment, work-based learning and industry certifications. The shared mapping processes ensure clear applicability and transferability that can advance learners along a pathway. The team was instrumental in providing content and context for the state HB 20-1002 College Credit for Work Experience plan, including a standardized PLA process.

Ensuring built-in student support

DEAN also convenes a Student Support Working Group to develop cross-institutional advising and navigation strategies that ensure structure and supports along career pathways – intentionally focusing on the areas where leaners often get lost. This team identifies barriers and opportunities for cross-institutional advising, navigation and other student support strategies focused on recruitment, enrollment, retention, completion and transitions to workforce. The team also works on ongoing professional development for counselors and college advisors, ensuring increased knowledge and utilization of the pathways model.


Emily Griffith Technical College
Emily Griffith Technical College is a nationally accredited public college where learners can propel their lives forward and up. Students can prepare for their GED, improve their English or choose from among 28 dynamic career-preparation programs that blend workplace learning and classroom training. EGTC is the engine that powers Colorado’s economy by propelling learners forward and preparing them for their desired career.
Community College of Denver
Community College of Denver (CCD) is the only community college in the city and county of Denver and is surrounded by history, arts, sports and culture. As one of 13 institutions in the Colorado Community College System, CCD is the third largest with more than 8,000 students taking classes both online and in the classrooms.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
With 100+ majors and minors, 8 graduate programs and 34 certificates and more, MSU Denver provides the best educational value in Colorado. MSU Denver’s mission is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education, and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global, and technological society.
University of Colorado Denver
CU Denver educates more than 15,000 students and is the only public urban research institution in the state of Colorado. The University of Colorado Denver enrolls students from 46 different states and countries, and awards over 3,800 undergraduate and graduate degrees every year. It is known for its programs in urban sustainability, criminal justice, business, education, applied science and engineering, film and music industry as well as a full array of professional health programs.