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Emily Griffith Technical College

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Emily Griffith Technical College is a technical school located in Denver, Colorado that offers career training programs along with continuing education, GED, and English classes. The college is a member of the state’s community college system. It is also affiliated with Denver Public Schools due to its alternative high school program, Emily Griffith High School.

The school’s campus is comprised of three buildings and is located in downtown Denver near the Colorado Convention Center. The aircraft mechanics program is housed at the Front Range Airport.


The college is one of the oldest schools in Denver. It was founded in 1916 as the the Opportunity School by immigrant and educator Emily Griffith as a means to help working adults learn to speak English, read, write, and learn job skills. The institution was renamed in her honor in 1933.

The Emily Griffith Opportunity School became Emily Griffith Technical College in 2011.


Emily Griffith is comprised of four academic colleges:

  • College of Business and Technology, where students can pursue studies and careers including Accounting Technician, Legal Secretary, and Video Production
  • College of Design Industries, offering classes in Cake Decorating, Cosmetology, and Fashion Design
  • College of Health Sciences, where students can study fields like Dental Assisting and Medical Coding
  • College of Trades and Industry, which offers programs such as Automotive Technology and Welding

The college offers nearly 50 different certificate programs. Its extensive curriculum includes over 500 different courses.

The Extended Learning Center helps adults enhance their skills one class at a time. Some types of classes offered include computer classes, GED Adult tests and classes, parenting classes, design courses, and real estate and trade courses.

The Language Learning Center provides individuals the opportunity to improve their English speaking skills. In addition, students can take specialized classes to improve grammar skills, English reading and writing skills as well as computer skills.

The Apprenticeship Training Program is a collaborative effort with Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers with locations in Colorado Springs, Western Slope, Metropolitan Denver, and Pueblo. The apprenticeships provide hands on job training under the supervision of trained professionals.

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Emily Griffith High School

The college offers an alternative school accredited by the Colorado Department of Education that has the goal of educating students between the ages of 17 and 20 who quit high school before graduating. Students can take courses that meet Colorado State Standards and lead toward a high school diploma or GED. Classes are self-paced and feature small class sizes that allow for one-on-one instruction.

The high school’s students may take free high school classes and free post-secondary technical classes until they turn 21.

General Educational Developmental Classes

The college also offers general education classes and GED testing for students who have not graduated from high school but wish to enroll in post-secondary education programs or pursue a career that requires a high school diploma.


Prospective students can complete the required application for admission on the college’s website. There is no application fee and the school does not require high school transcripts or SAT/ACT test scores, but most students must take a placement test before enrolling in classes.

The following steps are required for consideration:

  • Complete and submit the application for admission.
  • Take the free program entrance assessment test.
  • Apply for financial aid (if needed).
  • Meet with an advisor.

Financial Aid

There are numerous financial aid options for eligible Emily Griffith students. All students interested in receiving financial aid are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Students may qualify for grants such as the Federal Pell Grant or Colorado Student Grant; work-study programs such as Colorado Work Study; private and institutional scholarships; other federal and state funded assistance, such as Veteran’s Benefits; and payment plans.

The school’s website provides detailed descriptions of all financial aid available and what steps are needed to complete the process. The Financial Aid Office can also help students understand and apply for financial aid to finance their educations.

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Emily Griffith Technical College is a public community college that has over 400,000 alumni. It is a commuter campus focused on career training with classes during the day, in the evenings, and on some weekends.

The campus does not have designated parking for its students. Instead, metered street parking is available around the school as well as access to local bus routes and public rail transportation. Students also have the option of purchasing a parking pass for a fee to use at a local parking garage.

The college offers free events to assist students throughout the year, such as career placement seminars and transitions orientations.

There are several student-operated services on campus that allow current students to showcase their skills learned at the college. These include Emily’s Barber Shop, Emily’s Coffee, Emily’s Deli and a salon and spa.

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Emily Griffith does not have any athletic programs, but the city of Denver is home to four professional sports teams: the NFL’s Denver Broncos, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, and the professional soccer team Colorado Rapids.

Local Community

Denver is the capital of Colorado as well as the largest city in the state. Downtown Denver, where the college is located, is roughly 12 miles from the Rocky Mountains foothills. Landmarks include the Denver Art Museum and the Performing Arts Center, which is the second largest in the nation after New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Students may enjoy the area’s active music scene, outdoor activities like hiking and climbing, skiing during the winter, and kayaking in the summer months.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.20
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.07
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,135 0.35
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 34 0.01
Forcible Rape 396 0.06
Robbery 1,143 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,868 0.80
Larceny 14,040 2.30
Vehicle theft 3,587 0.59

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Denver, CO 80204-2197
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population32,789 (32,789 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,089 (2.92 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,247
Families6,701 (3.75 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 1, but less than 2 academic yrs
Calendar SystemContinuous
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District801

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3145th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,360 $3,360 $9,360
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,460 $2,460 $2,460
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $97 $97 $197
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $7,569 $7,569 $13,569
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,745 $20,745 $26,745
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,123 $12,123 $18,123

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,100 $5,220 $5,100 $5,220 $11,100 $11,220
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,698 $1,749
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,091 $8,478
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,212 $4,374
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,068 $4,230

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

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Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 109 409 42 11 1,017 388 1,976
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 1 1 2 3 8
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 1 1 1 3 5 12
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 1 6 13 1 21
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 1 3 14 1 19
Apparel and Textile Manufacture 2 1 9 16 28
Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 2 4 4 2 12
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 4 1 4 1 12
Barbering/Barber 4 15 14 7 40
Cabinetmaking and Millwork
Carpentry/Carpenter 11 1 15 6 33
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology 1 1 1 4 2 9
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 2 3 4 9
Concrete Finishing/Concrete Finisher
Construction Trades, General
Construction Trades, Other 1 1
Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation 10 1 11
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 4 18 2 1 18 16 59
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 1 2 1 11 15
Dental Assisting/Assistant 10 1 1 12
Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology, Other
Electrician 12 94 7 2 387 87 589
Floriculture/Floristry Operations and Management
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 2 8 2 7 17 36
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant 21 36 1 33 62 153
Hospitality Administration/Management, Other 3 1 1 5
Ironworking/Ironworker 9 2 8 3 22
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 5 1 12 4 23
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 4 2 2 8
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 1 1 1 4 2 9
Medical/Clinical Assistant 2 7 5 3 17
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 23 62 9 93 37 224
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician 2 5 4 1 12
Painting/Painter and Wall Coverer 1 1 1 2 5
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter 3 26 3 2 119 20 173
Plumbing Technology/Plumber 7 28 3 1 103 29 171
Real Estate 6 2 2 10
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 9 18 3 31 15 76
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking 3 16 2 64 14 99
Welding Technology/Welder 2 3 16 22 43

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 80
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits $977,072

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