In high school, Olivia worked 35-40 hours a week to help her mom
pay the rent. She didn’t think of herself as a great student and lacked
the confidence to even consider attending a four-year college.
She decided to give FRCC a try. Her time on campus reignited her
childhood passion for science, while also helping her to believe in
her own considerable abilities. Now a biology major at CSU, her
undergraduate research has been published—and she’s on track
to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in 2022.
Kevin struggled with severe anxiety in high school, and almost
didn’t graduate with his class. Thanks to his mom, his teachers—and his own perseverance—Kevin managed to make it through
a tough senior year.
Starting college at FRCC gave him the support and confidence he
needed to do well in school and pursue his passion. He’s now on
track for a bachelor’s degree in physics from CSU.
Not sure what to major in? Neither was Jolaya when she finished
high school. She started at FRCC to explore her interests at an
affordable price. And she ended up changing directions entirely.
She got the guidance she needed to prepare to transfer to
CU-Boulder as a junior—where she’s now studying molecular,
cellular and developmental biology. She’s on track to graduate
with her bachelor’s in the fall of 2022. And she credits FRCC
with helping her find her path to get there.
Reece is an active, outdoorsy Colorado native who was
diagnosed with ADHD at a young age. Sitting still in classes
was a challenge for him—and still is. He saw some ups and
downs in school—so after graduating, he needed a little time
to find his path.
He ended up studying at FRCC before transferring to CU-Boulder to study aerospace engineering. Reece felt well prepared
academically and he scored a great internship with Lockheed Martin.
But he found that the aerospace program wasn’t quite the right fit for
him. After switching majors—and universities—he’s now continuing
his internship, and is on track to graduate from CSU with a
bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Getting involved in activities at school was critical for Monica
from an early age. She chose to attend FRCC for her first two
years of college because it costs significantly less than a four-year university. But she also wanted all the campus involvement
opportunities of a bigger school.
As a new college student at FRCC, she dove in head first—and made sure to connect with her teachers and advisors when
she needed guidance and support. Now a graduate of CU-Boulder, she has a job she loves with a major banking company.
And she says FRCC is a great place to get your start.
Giovanni arrived in the US when he was in 10th grade. He had no
trouble with the concepts he was learning in high school, but he
struggled with learning English at first.
A couple of years—and a lot of hard work later—he came to FRCC
to prepare himself for a four-year university. His says those
classes gave him the foundational support he needed to be
successful in college. He’s now studying civil engineering at the
University of Colorado-Boulder, and is set to graduate with his
bachelor’s degree next year.
Zoey never thought she’d be a college student. But when she
started working full time and could barely make ends meet, she
decided to give FRCC a try. Unsure of her path, she found a
community and some helpful direction on the college’s Larimer
She fell in love with math—and got the personal guidance
she needed to transfer smoothly to CSU. Well prepared
academically, she’s now on track to graduate in May 2021
with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
After an early stint at a private college landed her in serious
debt, Emily worked hard to get back on her feet. She eventually
started taking online classes at FRCC because they gelled with
her work schedule. It was her second attempt at college—and
everything clicked for her this time.
She changed her major, took the right classes to lay a strong
science foundation and got some great guidance on transferring
to a four-year university. Emily now has a bachelor’s degree and
a job she loves in her field. But she’s not done learning.
LeAnna’s formal education ended after sixth grade. She worked a
lot of different jobs over the years, and eventually started college.
Financial constraints and life twists meant that her journey would
involve four different colleges—with a couple of brief but necessary
pauses to make her finances work. But she never gave up.
An incredibly hard worker who is curious by nature, LeAnna has
been wildly successful at FRCC. She is now on track to earn a
bachelor’s degree in ecosystem science and sustainability from
CSU, become a scientist and eventually a policymaker.