Emily Griffith Technical College


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.


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Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $7,569
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty N/A
Retention (full-time / part-time) 83% / 82%
Enrollment Total (all students) 5,066


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.


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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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