Future Center: Room 219
Advisor: Federico Rangel
Federico Rangel, MSW is the College Advisor at West High Campus serving all three schools including West Early College, West Leadership Academy, and West Career Academy. Federico is responsible for supporting all seniors with the post-secondary exploration and application process such as FAFSA completion, major and career exploration, college and scholarship applications, as well as support with the enrollment process. Federico most enjoys being a post-secondary resource for students directly in their school and helping them actualize their goals.
Federico comes to DSF with deep and varied knowledge in secondary and post-secondary education, having served as a high school and middle school classroom teacher (CDE certified, Secondary Social Studies), an educational counselor and mentor for Denver Kids, Inc., and a coordinator of after-school and summer youth programming. Before DSF, Federico served at The Bridge Project as their Pre-Collegiate Educator and Scholarship Program Coordinator, designing and implementing the post-secondary programming for 9th to 12th grade students, supporting 12th grade students in their post-secondary exploration and application process, as well as supporting current Bridge Project scholars in their respective colleges. Through this, Federico has served on numerous post-secondary-related committees, supported organizing efforts to secure better funding and support for all students, and leadership development for Latino students. Federico holds a Bachelor’s degree from CU-Boulder, and a recent Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver.
Assistant Director TRIO: Melissa Quinteros Cleaver
Melissa was raised in Aurora, Colorado and attended Metropolitan State University where she graduated in 2005 with a degree in Behavioral Science.
While in college Melissa had a work study job as a Student Ambassador at the Admissions office. Her main task during this job was to go to high schools around the state and help students apply for college. She realized that she wanted to continue advising and help students succeed so she applied for a job at Community College of Denver Student Outreach and Recruitment. At this position she was in charge of recruiting students from half of the Denver Public Schools. After this position, Melissa then started working for the TRIO program through Community College of Denver and worked at Skinner Middle School and North High School where she found out about the Denver Scholarship Future Center.
Melissa’s personal values of indomitable spirit relate to DSF’s values of relationship building. Melissa focuses on students not giving up, even when things get hard. Melissa wants to help her students always accomplish their goals and stay focused to graduate and get into college.