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Two-Year Colleges in Colorado

Front Range Community College, Arapahoe Community College, Pueblo Community College

The rich and varied history of Colorado has shaped the course of education in the state since its earliest days. While the influence of Christian missionaries can be seen, one can also chart the progress of alternative studies as Colorado came to be known as a pioneering state. Whether it is a traditional college setting or something different, students can find plenty of options all over Colorado. The Community College System, established by the state legislature in the 1960s, has been ensuing that affordable higher education has also been available to all state students. The following two-year colleges across the state will be of interest to anyone looking to take advantage.

Front Range Community College

Front Range Community College has the distinction of being the first of its kind in Colorado, the initial stroke of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Over the years, the school has expanded to four different locations across Colorado: Boulder, Westminster, Brighton and Larimer. Students at Front Range can choose from one of the four associate degrees (Associate of the Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of General Studies) or a number of certificates.

AA degrees in liberal arts such as History, Music, English, Theatre and Social Work are designed for students who plan to finish a 4 year degree after transferring to another institution. The same goes for AS degrees in Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy and Geology, among other science majors. AAS degrees have a more direct path to the workplace, as they are designed to prepare students for a career after the two years have been completed.

Arapahoe Community College

Arapahoe Community College is based in Littleton, with another campus at University Center in Chaparral. Begin as Arapahoe Junior College in 1965, ACC has gone on to add an Art & Design Center in Littleton as well as the alternate campuses. Specialized degree programs include the Associate of Arts with Business Transfer Emphasis, the AA Creative Writing Course of Study, the AA Statewide Elementary Education Transfer and the AA Music Emphasis. Rather than force students into deciding and plotting an individual course of study, these emphases map out what it will take to move on successfully. The Art & Design Center in Littleton is the place for students hoping to get into the AS in Graphic Design Program, Game Design and Development, Computer Science and more.

Pueblo Community College

Pueblo Community College is one of the oldest such institutions in the state, opening its doors in the early 1930s as the Southern Colorado Junior College, and it remains one of the most important colleges in the southern part of the state. Besides the Pueblo Campus, the other locations are in Canon City, Durango and Mancos (on the San Juan Basin Tech Campus). General areas of study at Pueblo Community College include Arts & Sciences, Business & Technology and the Health Professions. Notable health programs include Medical Sonography, Nursing, Massage Therapy, Psychiatric Technician and Cosmetology. Besides these associate programs in the Health Professions, Pueblo offers a full range of AA and AS degrees, as well as Certificates and Mini-Certificates in subjects like Digital Media, Machining, Dental Hygiene and Business Management (Real Estate).

Community College of Denver

Community College of Denver serves students in Colorado’s largest city in two locations and with plenty of online courses as well. The school is based at 11 W. Colfax Avenue (the Auraria Campus) and the Center for Health Sciences is at 1070 Alton Way. CCD follows the guidelines of the state’s community college system and has a vast list of associate degree offerings in liberal arts like English Literature, Music, History and Theatre. Going beyond the regular call of duty for a junior college, CCD also has programs in subjects like Pre-Aerospace Engineering Technology, Earth Science and Electroneurodiagnostic Technology. Other unique programs at Community College of Denver include the Teacher Education Academy Lab School. In this location, students from Early Education programs work with permanent staff members in a setting that combines childcare, creative schooling and teacher training.

Red Rocks Community College

Red Rocks Community College has its main campus in Lakewood and a second campus in Arvada, serving over 14,000 students every year. RRCC boasts class sizes typically of 20 students and under, while offering the standard group of courses for state community colleges: AA, AS, AAS and AGS degrees are all available for students to pursue. RRCC is at the cutting edge of many fields like Speech Pathology and Fire Science, while its Allied Health department has such offerings as Holistic Health, Reflexology and Pre-Nursing. Medical Imaging classes are held in the Arvada Campus.

Red Rocks dates back to 1969 and continues to serve students in the Rocky Mountain area with computer science programs, child day care, free tutoring and ESL classes for those still grappling with the language.

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