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Thinking about life after high school can be stressful and confusing. So we built Opportunity Next specifically to help you:

Explore trusted options for education and training after high school in Colorado

Explore Careers

Get support from a career coach who can help you enroll and navigate every part of this process

Get Support

Find money to pay for your education, including an up to $1,500 Opportunity Next scholarship

Find Money

The Top 8 Industries
Powering Colorado Forward

We're lucky to call the Centennial State home, boasting one of America's strongest economies. There are eight key industries on the rise that will ensure an even brighter future for the next generation of Coloradans. Whether you're interested in one of these sectors or pursuing a different career path, Opportunity Next is here to support you in achieving your education and career aspirations.

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Can we lend a hand?

We know this process can be intimidating, so Opportunity Next is here to provide you trusted guidance, resources, and support as you figure out your next step.

You are here! We hear you are about to graduate high school. Congratulations! What’s next?

Think about the things you might want to accomplish in the next few years. Want some ideas? Learn about fast-growing career pathways here.

If you think you might need some more help discovering what might be a great fit for you, you can access coaching.

Next, you might enroll in a program that you think could work for your skills and talents. Learn more about different programs here.

Be resilient as your journey is going to be exciting, new, and unique to you.

Then, we can help you Find Money for your specific pathway here. Don’t let anything stop you! We are thrilled to be a step in the right direction.

About Opportunity Next

Opportunity Next was created when your state government allocated $25,000,000 to accelerate skill development among graduating high school seniors. Our goal now is to make sure you know about and are prepared to succeed in Colorado’s fast-growing purpose-driven careers. 


Help you explore Colorado careers and trusted educational/training programs that will set you up for success.
Help you find money to pay for school — including free financial aid from the government and an up to $1,500 Opportunity Next scholarship you don’t have to pay back.
Provide free college and career advising, from expert coaches, who can help you through every step of this process.

So that:

You have the info you need to pick and pursue the right career path for you, in industries thriving in Colorado for years to come.
You have the money you need to access the education you want, graduating with as little student debt as possible, or maybe none at all.
You get enrolled in the right program for you, graduate, and can help fuel Colorado’s economy forward!
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About Opportunity Next

Brought to you by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT),  we aim to ensure Colorado's workers possess the skills and training needed to excel in the state's in demand industries, thereby fostering continued economic prosperity and success. 

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