Colorado State University has created a new initiative to help Coloradans through the current economic downturn. Ram Response provides resources about services and information provided by CSU, such as career services, educational opportunities, CSU Extension fact sheets and community resources.
The Web site can be found at http://outreach.colostate.edu/ramresponse/index.asp.
As a land-grant university, CSU was created to serve the people of Colorado through teaching, research, extension and service. This mission of connecting the people of the state to the knowledge and expertise of the university is what sets the land-grant school apart from other institutions of higher education.
"As a land-grant university, all of us felt that Colorado State University had services and support to offer to the people of Colorado," said Deb Young, associate provost for Extension and director of Extension. "In order to make these resources more available, and to make people more aware of them, we initiated Ram Response. This is intended to serve as a portal to address emerging and imminent issues, whether it’s economic downturns, drought, wildfire danger, or other issues affecting our state."
The current economic downturn is being compared to the worst recessions in modern U.S. history and is deeply affecting many citizens, companies and institutions alike. Colorado State provides education, outreach, and service programs that may help to lighten the load for those affected.
"In this uncertain economy, it is CSU’s goal to provide resources for people to hone their workforce skills in a variety of areas," said April Mason, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences.
Ram Response offers career resources, networking opportunities, financial and educational information, continuing education and community resources.
"The university strives to be increasingly accessible," said Lou Swanson, vice provost for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships. "We want to give people the kind of information that will be useful in their daily lives, particularly in this time of economic downturn."