DENVER (CBS4/AP) – Colorado is getting some help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced Monday that the state is getting $5.9 million to help increase high school graduation rates and prepare students for college and careers.

The grant will be administered through the Colorado Legacy Foundation. It’s dedicated to increasing student achievement by having effective school leaders and teachers. The foundation’s trustees include Garcia, former Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien and state education board member Elaine Gantz Berman.

It will help pay for the Colorado Integration Project. Since last year 13 school districts around the state have been testing reforms. The goals include improving graduation rates and making sure those students are ready for college or a career.

“Getting a grant like this, a continuation of the investments of the past from the Gates Foundation, just means you’re, you’re one of the best, if not the best,” Hickenlooper said.

The new donation is on top of an earlier $10 million from the Gates Foundation for the Colorado Integration Project.

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