GRAND JUNCTION, Co. (KKCO/KJCT)-- On Aug. 22 school officials in the community gathered for a breakfast at Colorado Mesa University to discuss the progress of the CMU 20,000 Initiative.
The D-51 school district has partnered with CMU to help high school students get a head start on their college journey.
The program is a part of the CMU 20,000 initiative and allows high school students to gain college credits before they graduate. And, it saves students thousands of dollars.
The program is tuition-free so students typically only have to pay for their school books.
One high school senior says he is almost finished with two-years worth of college credits.
"It's pretty nice, I don't have to worry about paying the first two years of college because I already got that done through this program. And, it just helps out so much, like, college is expensive,” says High School Senior Horacil Gutierrez.
Around 829 students are enrolled in the program.