Gov. Polis recognizes May 1 as Decision Day

Coloradans wear college, military or apprenticeship gear to encourage young people to reach higher

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Gov. Jared Polis issued a proclamation announcing Wednesday, May 1 as Decision Day. Formerly known as College Friday, the statewide campaign celebrates the importance of higher education and encourages Colorado students to reach higher—whether they attend a university, community college, private occupational school, serve as an apprentice or in the military. Read the proclamation.

On Decision Day, Coloradans are encouraged to wear apparel from their alma mater, favorite school, or future program to rally in support of students on their path to postsecondary success. To participate online, supporters can post photos on Twitter and Facebook tagging @CoHigherEd and @CollegeInCOwith #DecisionDayCO.

“Decision Day celebrates our students’ educational aspirations, honoring dignity in all paths,” said Colorado Department of Higher Education Executive Director Dr. Angie Paccione. “High school seniors have spent the last several months researching options, applying to programs and filing the FAFSA. Wearing our gear shows we appreciate their hard work and that we believe in their potential.”

Today, nearly 75 percent of jobs in Colorado require some form of postsecondary education, making Colorado’s demand for college-educated adults among the highest in the nation. Research from the Colorado Workforce Development Council shows that 97 percent of Colorado high growth, in-demand jobs that pay a living wage require education or training beyond high school. Today, only 56.9 percent of Coloradans hold a credential post-high school.

Decision Day encourages participation statewide from schools, businesses, alumni groups, and organizations. Event highlights include the following:

  • Mascots on the 9News Morning Show: College and university mascots will join Dr. Paccione in the 9News KUSA studio on Decision Day at 8:20 a.m.
  • Mascots Visit the Capitol and Take a Photo with the Governor: At 9:50 a.m. the mascots will gather on the west steps of the Capitol to take a photo with the Gov., then move back inside to interact with legislators.
  • Digital Campaign: Coloradans are encouraged to share selfies on Twitter and Facebook using #DecisionDayCO. Find sample social media posts, graphics, and informational flyers here.
  • Adams City High School: Dr. Paccione will address seniors at their Decision Day assembly and take photos with students at 11 a.m.
  • 96 Schools throughout the state are registered to participate, representing more than 22,000 students.
  • Resources: View and share promotional materials, such as fliers and newsletter content.

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