Monday, July 19, 2021 – Friday, August 13, 2021
4 Weeks of In-Person Instruction
M-F 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

ELEVATE is the ALVS’ Summer Bridge Program designed to ease nontraditional students’ transition into Colorado State University (CSU) by providing academic support through Math & English/Comp instruction, social engagement opportunities, and introduction to campus resources needed to be successful on CSU’s campus.


Elevate has an academic focus on preparing students for the following courses:

  • MATH 100-Level courses
  • ENGL/COMP 150 or 130

This is a 0 Credit preparation opportunity.


Elevate participants will have access to a Peer Advisor and weekly pre-planned social engagements.

Previous social engagements have consisted of: 

  • Local scavenger hunt 
  • Brewery Tour
  • Hike the ‘A’
  • Rec Center Visit
  • CliftonStrengths (formally known as StrengthsQuest) Workshops
  • Graduation


  • A monetary award for completing the program: $1,500.
  • On-Campus parking for the duration of the program.

Meet our Instructors

BRITTANY STORY (née CARR): Math Instructor

My name is Brittany and I’m going to be a fifth-year mathematics graduate student here at CSU. My research looks at applying math to chemistry. 

Currently, I’m looking at the energy landscapes of molecules and capturing information about the structure of these energy landscapes. When I’m not doing math, I like to ride bikes, play board games, read books, and spend time outside. 

VIRGINIA CHAFFEE: Writing Instructor

Virginia Chaffee is a Senior Instructor in the English Department and has taught at CSU since 2013. She began teaching in the Elevate program in 2017. Currently, she also serves as a First-Year Composition Specialist in the English Department, training and supporting the GTAs who teach first-year composition. She earned her master’s degree in Teaching Writing from Humboldt State University in 2010 and her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Missouri State University in 2004. As a first-generation college student and Army veteran, Virginia also strives to support learners of all capacities and experiences in their education journey as she has experienced how unique and varied those experiences can be. She has three daughters, loves anything related to the great outdoors, and spends her free time in the garden or chasing after her kids.

Who is eligible to participate?

Incoming nontraditional students wanting prepare for their math and english/composition courses.This includes, but is not limited to Adult Learners, Student Veterans, and Student Parents.



COVID-19 Regulations:

We will be following CSU’s Pandemic Response Team’s guidance.

Interested in participating in Elevate 2021?

Applications are closed for Elevate 2021.


Email Lisa Chandler at lisa.chandler@colostate.edu

“I personally loved Elevate and found it immensely beneficial in getting acclimated to CSU. It helped in meeting new people, understanding what the classes would be like, as well as helped me understand how to get around campus.


My favorite memory is when Brady the instructor took his sandals off one class and taught barefoot, and therefore became Barefoot Brady. Also it was just a ton of fun to start my time at CSU with some of my friends in a fun, new classroom setting.”

Ryan H., ELEVATE 2018