Colorado has had a remarkable record of retaining college students once they graduate. Next to Nevada, Colorado had the second best net migration rate of young, single and college-educated adults from 1995-2000, according to the United States Census Bureau. Denver’s healthy economy, particularly in the lodging industry, has been a big reason why.“The lodging industry in Colorado continues to be robust, particularly in Denver and the resort communities, where an unprecedented amount of growth is anticipated for 2008 and beyond,” said Ilene Kamsler, former president of the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA). “The total number of rooms in the development pipeline is an indication that Colorado will have plenty of jobs available for JWU graduates. We hope to keep every graduate of the Denver Campus in Colorado.”The CH&LA has developed close ties with JWU. Many JWU students attend the CH&LA’s annual conference at a favorable rate. The CH&LA administers the Karl Mehlmann Scholarship Fund, which gives extra credit for students attending Colorado colleges. Many of the recent recipients have been JWU students, and one member of the scholarship committee is a professor at JWU. Kamsler sits on Denver Campus President Bette Matkowski’s roundtable of community and industry leaders.
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