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Jimmy Sengenberger, president and CEO of the Millennial Policy Center in Denver, talks about the high cost of higher education in a video the center released this month. (YouTube)
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Millennial Policy Center continues its focus on higher ed with May 25 forum

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One of the more interesting and well-focused organizations I’ve seen in awhile, the conservative Millennial Policy Center in Denver, keeps doing things right. Jimmy Sengenberger, the 26-year-old radio host who is the center’s president and CEO, is keeping a clear, consistent drumbeat on higher education.

The center is holding a forum on the subject May 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at its headquarters in South Denver at 3443 S. Galena St.

A panel will talk about the high cost of higher ed. The Millennial Policy Center’s recent white paper addressed the  soaring costs that track with the availability of grants and loans — cost chasing cash. The paradigm leaves millennials buried in debt, Sengenberger contends in the report.

“It’s that time of year again when high school graduates are making that ever-intimidating, all-important decision on where they will go to college. And it’s a stark reminder of the skyrocketing cost of college in America today,” Sengenberger said in a statement. “Our research has found that there are a number of key, dramatic cost-drivers in higher education – and government tends to be at the root of them.”

Krista Kafer, a Colorado Christian University professor and 710 KNUS radio host, will moderate the panel that includes Sengenberger, a 2011 Regis University graduate; University of Colorado Regent-at-Large Heidi Ganahl; and University of Colorado junior Marcus Fotenos, the student body president for external affairs.

Those who attend will be able to ask questions, Sengenberger said.

“With all my heart I believe affordable, quality higher education is the key to keeping the American dream alive,” Ganahl said in the press release. “It’s time to address the issues our colleges face head on, and I’m excited Jimmy and his organization are jumping in.”

The forum will be streamed online on the Millennial Policy Center’s Facebook page.

Fotenos said one of the most common concerns he hears from his CU constituents is the cost of college degree.

“This is a complex problem that all students are facing, and there is no simple solution,” he said in a statement. “I am excited to speak on this panel and bounce ideas off of some of the best minds in Colorado.”

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