Coloradans celebrate College Friday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed Friday, April 21 as College Friday.

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It's a day to increase awareness about the importance of higher education and encourage Colorado students to continue their education — whether at a college, university or through a certificate program. College Friday was launched by College In Colorado in 2006.

Today, all Coloradans are encouraged to wear apparel from their alma mater or favorite college to support students on their path to post-secondary success.

State leaders estimate by 2020, 74 percent of jobs in Colorado will require some form of post-secondary education. Right now, only about 53 percent of Colorado adults have a degree or certificate, and that number is much lower for minority and rural populations.

This year, College In Colorado anticipates more than 300,000 participants statewide at businesses, schools and organizations for College Friday. Any school, business or organization can easily get involved. Event highlights include:

-- Free Chocolate Chip Cookie: Visit any participating Illegal Pete's on College Friday and receive a free chocolate chip cookie for wearing your college gear.

-- Free Gooey Bun: Visit any participating Le Peep on College Friday for a free gooey bun for wearing your college gear.

-- Photo Contest: Post College Friday pictures tagging @957the party, @alice1059 and @ks1075, along with #CollegeFriday and #edcolo, for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card, and visit the KYGO website and KOSI website for your chance to win a Microsoft Surface Pro.