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Quad programs are built to elevate opportunities, educate graduating innovators, and incubate leaders capable of building solutions to our community’s most compelling problems.


  • Applications are currently open for these competitive, team-based learning opportunities that will run throughout Spring Semester, 2018.
  • All eligible students and recent alum from the four Quad schools are invited to apply, regardless of major or degree track.
  • All team members will receive a stipend. More information about preferred qualifications, eligibility, and specific project parameters are available on the application page for each project.

Applications due soon! Apply today.


Janska: Clothing as Social Impact Project

Janska, a clothing manufacturing company headquartered in Colorado Springs is refining their ‘Clothing the Comforts’ clothing line. This line is designed to allow individuals who cannot access traditional clothes (e.g. stroke victims, assisted care facility residents, etc.) clothing options that they can wear easily and comfortably with dignity. The project will support the development of Janska’s clothing line by refining product-market fit, identifying priority customer segments and marketing channels, and increasing Janska’s contribution to the region’s economy.

Application deadline:
January 22, 2018 by 10pm



City & County: Transportation for Human Services Project

The City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County need a validated prototype to improve access to social services. In our area, many of the people who need social services the most don’t have a reliable, convenient way to get to them. These access barriers can cause small problems to become big ones that negatively impact individuals and the community. This project will develop and pilot a solution prototype.  

Application deadline:
January 22, 2018 by 10pm



Altia: Internet of Things; DataCore

Altia, a local tech company, is capitalizing on a significant opportunity in the way data is captured, stored, utilized and owned. They are looking to give more data control to device manufacturers and users instead of defaulting the data to big companies like Google, improving the products of manufacturers and the lives of users. Work alongside Altia CEO and leadership team to develop a complete demo and sales package for this new concept, DataCore. Each student accepted into this project based learning opportunity will receive a stipend, develop their professional experience and abilities, and build relationships with important business and civic leaders.

Application deadline:
February 1, 2018



We work with our community partners to build experiences that highlight opportunities for innovation in our community. These aren’t yesterday’s information sessions and panel discussions. Instead, they’re an opportunity to live what is happening at the cutting edge of progress in Colorado Springs.


We offer a series of noncredit educational opportunities that build relationships with community leaders and abilities in skills that matter in today’s workplace. Design thinking, feasibility analysis, strategic communications, fundraising, creative problem solving and public speaking are some of the many skills that the Quad develops through the collective expertise of its four partner colleges. These classes are like no other, and teach students what it takes to turn ideas into valuable action.


We curate paid opportunities for students to go hands on solving problems for major organizations in the area. Teams of students and alumni, supervised by invested faculty and staff, can spend up to a year developing a solution that works.

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