GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- After decades of not having an ROTC program, Colorado Mesa University is still pushing for it to return.
Officials say the program was cut off because of budget concerns.
Since then, there's been an ongoing process to try and get it up and running again.
Some students say they want it on campus because it teaches leadership skills, and preps them for the military.
"I think it's an awesome opportunity, especially for people on the western slope, that are interested in joining the military as an officer, they get the opportunity to come to a local school rather than having to move,” says CMU student Cody Ken.
The ROTC program is offered at over 1,500 colleges and universities across the U.S.