Area colleges & universities
CollegeAmerica at Colorado Springs
3645 Citadel Drive South, 227-0170
South Satellite: 1026 Maxwell St., 622-3610
Student pop.: did not respond
With a newly remodeled 21,000-square-foot campus, 20 classrooms, and multiple computer and medical labs, CollegeAmerica offers "on-ground" as well as online classes for programs in the business and medical fields, information technology and the graphic arts. Programs can be as short as 15 months, depending on the area of study.
14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6000; 800/542-7214
Student pop.: 2,040
Colorado College has continued to make improvements under President Jill Tiefenthaler, who took the reins in 2011. Among the biggest news: a complete renovation of its El Pomar Sports Center. "We just opened a new 30,000-square-foot fitness center," says director of athletics Ken Ralph. "Our student body is already very health-conscious. We have a responsibility to them ... We finally have a legitimate facility." With an average class size of 16, and liberal-arts academics that consistently crack the country's Top 30, this 139-year-old college is known for its block scheduling, with students taking one 31/2-week course at a time, rather than juggling three or four over nine weeks.
Colorado State University at Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2100
Student pop.: 5,100
According to executive director of external affairs Cora Zaletel, "CSU-Pueblo will not have a tuition increase next year, unlike everyone else in the state." That's one more reason to consider visiting CSU-Pueblo's 275 acres east of Highway 25. Another good reason: The school has been on a growth and renovation kick, completing improvements to Massari Arena, adding the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl football and track stadium, overhauling the university library and academic resources center, and adding a new residence hall complex. CSU-Pueblo is designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education and emphasizes one-on-one teacher interaction and small class size.
CSU-Pueblo in Colorado Springs
730 Citadel Drive East, #300, 442-2264
Fort Carson Education Center, Building 1117 Ellis St., 526-2509
Student pop.: 750
At a low rate of $204 per credit hour for Colorado residents working on a bachelor's, classes including liberal studies, history, social work, social sciences, sociology and sociology with an emphasis in criminology can be taken at the Citadel Center campus. A slightly shorter list of offerings is available at Fort Carson. The school offers accelerated courses of eight and 15 weeks that usually meet once or twice a week in the evening, as well as some very accommodating weekend courses.
Colorado Technical University
4435 N. Chestnut St., 598-0200; 888/307-9555
Student pop.: 2,700
Colorado Technical University offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, and has earned a reputation as a particularly veteran-friendly institution: Military Times recently named it the "Best for Vets" pick in the "Online and Nontraditional" category. While the online offerings are robust, the Springs campus also offers on-site programs in business and management, engineering and computer science, health sciences, information systems and technology, and security studies.
1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., 632-3000
Student pop.: 2,000
Located strategically next to Highway 25 and Academy Boulevard, DeVry University couldn't be more convenient in Colorado Springs. And it offers gateways into some of today's fastest-growing fields, including business, technology, entrepreneurship and the mammoth that is the medical sciences. Students may earn an associate, bachelor's or master's degree, and when enrolled in more than seven credit hours at a time, can take advantage of lower per-credit-hour tuition fees.
1815 Jet Wing Drive, 638-6580
Student pop.: 430
Everest College boasts more than 100 campuses throughout the country, and the Colorado Springs one is nicely outfitted with some high-tech features like interactive white boards. Locally, Everest offers associate degrees in accounting, business, computer information science, criminal justice, and legal assistant/paralegal. Four diploma programs include dental assistant, massage therapy, medical administrative assistant and medical assistant.
Fuller Theological Seminary
540 N. Cascade Ave., #202, 385-0085
Student pop.: 80
After 20 years, Fuller Theological Seminary President Dr. Richard Mouw, known for his promotion of cultural and interfaith dialogue, is stepping down, opening the door for Dr. Mark Labberton, an accomplished scholar, speaker, author and pastor, to assume the position on July 1. He's only the fifth president to direct this 66-year-old, eight-campus seminary, which describes itself as an "evangelical, multidenominational, international and multiethnic community." The Springs campus offers master's degree, certificate and non-degree programs, on-site as well as online.
2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 632-7626
Student pop.: 650
Intellitec College spokeswoman Stacey Snyder puts it this way: "We're constantly looking at the market to see what the needs are in the employment area, and then based on that, looking at new program offerings." The idea is to offer a dynamic curriculum that tracks the movements of the job market. What genius. Hence we have this year's addition at the Springs campus, the 18-month, associate-degree-earning biomedical equipment technician program. To the best of spokesman Randy Flynt's knowledge, Intellitec is "the only school in Colorado to have this program."
IntelliTec Medical Institute
6805 Corporate Drive, #100, 596-7400
Student pop.: 325
Given that many IMI grads go on to run their own businesses, the school has come up with a new small-business management program that helps them learn the ropes. For all seven of their health- and medical-field career programs, IMI has established a hands-on learning approach, with classrooms built to mimic the everyday experience of the jobs future graduates will occupy. And the school has a great offer for the community: half-priced massages from students working on their end-of-program "externships." According to staff member Claudia Leider, "They're really good at what they do. I felt like I was going to the spa."
National American University
1915 Jamboree Drive, #185, 590-8300
1079 Space Center Drive, #140, 208-3800
Student pop.: 530
National American University has made a name for itself with the military by offering reduced tuition rates for anybody with an active-duty ID. "A lot of our upper management were previously in the military," explains Colorado Springs South representative Courtney Hansen. "We have lots of programs to help military students to transfer credits for their military training. Two big ones are organizational leadership coursework with lots of electives, and a bachelor's in management with lots of open electives. And these will transfer."
Nazarene Bible College
1111 Academy Park Loop, 884-5000
Student pop.: 1,580
Nazarene Bible College has a new associate program that allows students to complete the general education requirements for transfer to a bachelor's degree at a Christian liberal arts school. And there's a new online program for Spanish speakers that lets students earn a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry with a major in pastoral ministries. According to Dr. Jay Ott, registrar and director of the Christian Educational Ministries Program, "It is the program for Spanish-speaking students in the church of the Nazarene, for them to get their bachelor's degree."
New Geneva Theological Seminary
3622 Galley Road, 573-5395
Student pop.: 50
In the fall of 2013, New Geneva Theological Seminary will unveil its most recent development, online learning. According to professor and registrar Dr. Mark House, "The idea is to be able to get a great biblical education from the comfort of your own living room. It will be a combination of recorded lectures and live interactions with instructors through a forum and e-mails." Asked about cost, he says, "We already have a pretty low tuition: $700 per class." Even for those who plan on attending the Galley Road campus, New Geneva tries to make it easy, with flexible evening classes.
2120 Hollowbrook Drive, #100, 520-1214
Student pop.: 64
Newman University is a Catholic liberal arts school in Wichita, Kan., whose Colorado Springs campus offers coursework toward a Master of Social Work degree. Classes are designed to "prepare social work professionals for leadership in direct family-centered social work practice." The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and program graduates are eligible for licensure as professional social workers through Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies.
Pikes Peak Community College
Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
Downtown Studio Campus,100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Rampart Range Campus, 11195 State Hwy. 83
Falcon Campus, 11990 Swingline Road
Switchboard: 502-2000, 800/456-6847
Student pop.: 14,000
This year, Pikes Peak Community College is going big. With a new fine arts building and black-box theater in the works, increased activity in the gallery, and the launch of new online creative writing journal (Réarrange), the Downtown Studio Campus is making the most of its growth. Réarrange (ppcc.edu/rearrange) will be mostly web-based, and hopefully will attract substantial community support and writing. Not into the written word? PPCC offers more than 200 programs of study.
Pima Medical Institute
3770 Citadel Drive North, 482-7462
Student pop.: 375-400
The Colorado Springs branch of Pima Medical Institute, operating in the Springs since 2002, will soon boast a 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility to accommodate the recent increase in students enrolled in its veterinary assistant certificate and veterinary technician associate degree programs. Other certificate programs available at this campus include: dental assistant, expanded-duties dental assistant, medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy technician.
7450 Campus Drive, #100, 303/458-4126,800/568-8932
Student pop.: 800
The Colorado Springs campus of Regis University was recognized in 2010 for its open-door policy to the community, and in May 2011, it opened a military-community-oriented lab where advanced counseling students work with individuals, couples and families dealing with trauma, loss, substance abuse, marital problems and more. The school, which caters to adult students and those in the military, recently renovated a student study/lounge area, providing new computer workstations, a prayer room and a quiet study room. Spokeswoman Heather Mahoney says the school's excited to welcome its new president, Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J.
Fort Carson: 1675 Long St., #104, 800/414-5756
Student pop.: 200
Troy University, a 125-year-old traditional public university headquartered in Alabama, has a huge online student base for whom attending class in a traditional classroom is not practical. The school offers associate, bachelor's and master's degrees facilitated by its "eTroy" site, which makes learning available when and where it is convenient for students.
United States Air Force Academy
2400 Cadet Drive, #200, 333-2520
Student pop.: 3,959 cadets
The United States Air Force Academy offers a bachelor's of science degree, and graduates its students as second lieutenants. Started in 1955 and situated on 18,000 acres, it provides logistical, medical, fire response, security, civil engineering, family care and medical support for its immediate community of about 25,000 people. The institution recently broke ground on a $40 million complex for a new Center for Character and Leadership Development building. (And the sequester won't be stopping that.)
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-8227, 800/990-8227
Student pop.: 11,000-12,000
With two new residence halls and the under-construction Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, which will house a senior health clinic operated in partnership with Peak Vista Community Health Centers, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs just keeps growing. UCCS offers 36 bachelor's degrees, 19 master's programs and five doctoral degrees, and is ranked ninth among Western regional public universities by US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges.
University of Northern Colorado
12320 Oracle Blvd., #110, 661-7947, 800/232-1749
Student pop.: 200
We'll just let Shane Mares, marketing manager of extended studies, do our work for us on this one: "Courses at UNC are offered to fit around busy schedules, as most students in the programs work full-time while attending. ... We deliver many programs through our UNC Colorado Springs Center and through UNC Online programs. Through these programs you can earn your bachelor's degree; become a teacher or counselor; advance your career in nursing, teaching or sign language interpreting; earn a master's degree in sports coaching, criminal justice or speech language pathology; or earn a graduate certificate in gerontology."
University of Phoenix
Downtown Learning Center: 2 N. Cascade Ave., #100, 527-9000
Southern Colorado Campus: 5725 Mark Dabling Blvd., 527-9000
Pueblo Student Resource Center: 121 W. First St., Suite A, Pueblo, 719/544-0015
Student pop.: 2,500
Because most of its students work full-time, leaving work at 5 for classes that begin at 6, the University of Phoenix closed its Circle Drive location last year and moved downtown to reach more people. It also upgraded classroom technology and created improved group-meeting spaces at the same time. Not as flashy, but pretty cool: Explore the Prep Center to discover your academic strengths and learning style, and avail yourself of the free orientation program that lets prospective students try on the schedule and demands of degree work before they take on a financial obligation. With class size of about 15 students, Phoenix offers undergraduate, graduate and associate degrees in fields including business, education, criminal justice, and more. Classes are offered at night, and most can be taken online.
University of the Rockies
555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 442-0505
Student pop.: 176
The University of the Rockies is a small, private school located in the old Santa Fe train station in downtown Colorado Springs, where teaching takes place in an intimate learning community. The school specializes in graduate education, offering master's and doctoral programs in the social and behavioral sciences. Programs are available at the Springs Campus, the Denver Instructional Site, and online.
5475 Tech Center Drive, #110, 590-7340
Peterson Air Force Base: 201 W. Stewart Ave., Building 1171, #106, 574-7562
Student pop.: 2,500
Webster's Springs campus offers an M.B.A. program and master's degrees in health administration, business organization and security management, environmental management, human resources development, info tech management, management and leadership, procurement and acquisitions management, and space systems operations management. Bachelor's options include management and business administration, and Webster offers a certificate in government contracting. Many programs are available online, so working adults and military students can take advantage.
Trade Schools & Continuing Education
Bemis School of Art
818 Pelham Place, 475-2444
Affiliated with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Bemis School of Art offers year-round courses for all ages and skill levels. Choose from drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, mosaic and jewelry-making and more. Also, starting today filmmaker Tom Shepard will be teaching an Intro to Documentary course. Some programs are eligible for credit at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition, according to communications director Charlie Snyder, Bemis has taken on a fairly new project, Military Creative Expressions, an art therapy program to help military members learn about and participate in creating art.
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899
Cottonwood Center for the Arts has been in Colorado Springs since 1997 and has enjoyed an injection of energy under new executive director Jon Khoury. Here for beginners and experienced artists both, it offers classes in watercolor, pottery, clay, bead-making, painting, stained glass, light-throwing, and 3-D painting on glass. Summer programs will include offerings for children, plus photography and Photoshop, watercolor and beginning abstract painting.
Sheppard Art Institute
4476 Seton Hall Road, 282-2706
According to founder Kang Lee Sheppard, Sheppard Art Institute is "giving our community professional art classes for low tuition." Sheppard is very proud of the fact that all its instructors are volunteers. Additionally, she says, many of the professional artists in town have taken a class or two with the institute. SAI is now offering its classes at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Colorado Springs, and will provide week-long classes this summer.
International Salon and Spa Academy
5707 N. Academy Blvd., 597-1413
Independently established in the Springs 41 years ago, the International Salon and Spa Academy is an NACCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences) accredited beauty school and offers full- and part-time programs in cosmetology, barbering, hairstyling, nail technology and esthetics.
Paul Mitchell The School
118 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1426
Internationally recognized as a premier beauty-education institution, Paul Mitchell The School offers programs in cosmetology, nail care, skin care and barbering. It even has a teacher licensure program for those looking to instruct others. According to the website, students move through classroom and hands-on instruction via three educational phases: core, adaptive and creative.
The Salon Professional Academy
4388 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 266-9400
The academy offers courses in cosmetology, esthetics and nail technology. It boasts small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities and a Redken-supported cosmetology program.
5125 N. Academy Blvd., 390-9898
Toni&Guy runs two programs: cosmetology, which takes 12 months, and hairstyling, which takes 10. But it soon will begin offering part-time schedules for students, in addition to advanced training for already-licensed stylists.
Collinson Massage School
2163 N. Academy Blvd., 310-9297
Classes begin in October and April, with 12 students putting in 600 hours of coursework in Swedish massage, introduction to sports massage, hydrotherapy, licensing/registration, business, infant and prenatal massage, and national exam preparation. Collinson Massage School also offers continuing-ed classes so massage therapists can earn certificates in additional specialties.
Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy
1490 W. Fillmore St., 634-7347
At Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy, you can choose the Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapy certification program (with 850 diploma hours lasting 11½ months), or the Essential Massage Therapy certification program (550 diploma hours, 8½ months). Both are medically based. Either way, you'll leave CIMT with courses in anatomy and physiology, massage theory and technique, and clinic hours doing massages for clients in the community. The school also offers a free monthly introduction workshop, says admissions director Denise McCoy.
1025 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite C, 265-8611; 623 N. Nevada Ave., 477-9642
You have options when it comes to what kind of yoga you want to learn to teach. Power Yoga is taught at both CorePower locations, with classes beginning in June, plus Hot Yoga/Hot Power Fusion at the Garden of the Gods studio and Yoga Sculpt at the Nevada studio. In both Power Yoga programs, you learn how to communicate with students and how to correct yoga postures. Your understanding of how the body works will find enhancement in anatomy study and cadaver labs.
Pranava Yoga Center
802 N. Weber St., 444-8463
Pranava Yoga Center is built on a foundation of ancient and traditional practice. In the Springs since January 2009, Pranava this year is expanding its instructor-training program to include a 500-hour program, in addition to the 200-hour program.
National Personal Training Institute of Colorado
4305 Beverly St., 877/215-2643
At the Springs location, the National Personal Training Institute offers students a six-month program with more than 1,000 hours of hands-on experience, including classroom instruction, muscle practicals, case studies, CPR/AED certification and more.
6551 N. Academy Blvd., 578-5777
This flexible 40-hour course is great for those who want to learn, naturally, how to bartend. Get hands-on training in four-hour increments for two weeks, or eight-hour increments for one week, with classes on the weekends, in the afternoon or in the evening. There are five to six students per week at the academy, which reports an 80 percent job-placement rate.
Paragon Culinary School
505 Popes Bluff Trail, 578-5740
This three-year culinary program was founded by chef Victor Matthews, of Black Bear Restaurant fame. Paragon runs on a trimester schedule with classes beginning in August, November and March. It offers classes in world cuisine, baking and pastry and more, and boasts small class sizes and a mix of classroom/theory and hands-on lab work.
Air Academy Associates
1650 Telstar Drive, #110, 531-0777
Air Academy Associates has been in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years and offers multiple training sessions for "those in this world who love training for training's sake." Methodologies taught in training sessions include Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Innovation, Design for Six Sigma, Reliability and Systems Engineering.
Center for Creative Leadership
850 Leader Way, 633-3891
The Center for Creative Leadership's sessions "have helped clients unlock their creative leadership" for more than 40 years. Programs at the Colorado Springs campus are "dedicated to providing leaders with the most effective means of implementing practical individual and organizational change."
7222 Commerce Center Drive #235, 596-4545
LeaderQuest offers training for business leaders including courses in Adobe, Citrix and Cisco, as well as career certifications and more. It has provided learning solutions for major companies such as ADT, University of Colorado at Denver, Western Union and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to name a few. LeaderQuest also works with military installations in the Springs to bring leadership solutions to its personnel. CompTIA courses are available monthly.
1945 Aviation Way, 573-2236
FAA-certified instructors at A-Cent Aviation offer Federal Aviation Regulations Parts 61 and 141 for those seeking pilot certification. Part 141 training can qualify for Veterans Affairs reimbursement. According to Dan Skinner, 98 percent of their students pass their FAA written test on the first attempt and 95 percent pass their flight checks on the first try.
Barnett Bicycle Institute
2725 Ore Mill Road, 632-5173
Founded by John Barnett, Barnett Bicycle Institute was first established in the Springs in 1986. Classes can range from five to 26 days, with approximately 16 students per class. The school is helping compile a set of national standards for bicycle mechanics, and prides itself on high-quality assistance and training. The institute even assists with job placement and referrals to bike shops around the country after successful program completion.
First Ascent Mountain School
4164 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #219, 304-6677
Countless business opportunities exist for those who want to teach people how to climb mountains. First Ascent Mountain School teaches people how to climb rocks all along the Front Range, but it differs from most in that it is a gateway for people who want to be certified instructors. According to Molly Hahn-Floyd, operations manager, First Ascent hosts instructors from the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) for a three-day instructors course, followed by a two-day exam.
New Life School of Worship
11025 Voyager Pkwy., 234-7764
This nine-month program offers both full-time and part-time classes in music theory, ministry leadership, worship songwriting and more, as well as private lessons, and is "designed to train worship pastors for local churches." After the nine months, students are evaluated and have the opportunity to post their résumé on the New Life School of Worship website. They also receive an endorsement from the school.
Springs Truck Driving School and CDL Testing
890 Dublin Blvd., Suite B, 338-1550
Springs Truck Driving School says its hands-on approach to teaching "meets or exceeds" Professional Truck Driving Institute standards. Here you'll get one-on-one instruction toward earning a Class A commercial driver's license. The school also offers job-placement assistance to graduates.
LearningRx Training Center
7075 Campus Drive, #202, 550-8263
Crossword puzzles, Sudoku and even Magic Eye books extend our functional perception of reality, tapping into basic parts of the brain that we don't often use. LearningRx is dedicated to helping people further broaden those areas, and, according to its website, is a research-backed way to enhance your ability to "learn faster, easier and better." This program is used by students with ADHD and learning problems, as well as by college students, seniors, career-building adults and preschool students to gain a competitive edge, or just better brain capacity.
Pikes Peak Library District
Various locations, 531-6333
The Pikes Peak Library District offers free classes ranging from computer basics and skills for 55-plus to yoga and tai chi classes. There's even a class on how to use your Kindle to search the library's CyberShelf. Check the website for a calendar of classes, and to see what each branch offers. Space is limited, so don't forget to register.
PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning
202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite I, 633-4991
PILLAR is a nonprofit organization that's all about "learning for the fun of it." It offers seminars, adventures and inexpensive classes on all sorts of topics, such as arts, literature, history, legal and financial affairs and philosophy. They offer individual classes and full courses, with some on weekends.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Academy of Lifelong Learning
1861 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #100, 255-3498
Run by the Extended Studies program across the street from the main campus, UCCS' Academy of Lifelong Learning (also called Listening In) caters to knowledge-hungry students who are 55 and older. Choose from more than 100 regular-session classes each semester (on a space-available basis). It's non-credit, so don't worry about homework! Courses are not free, but they are as inexpensive as they can get.
Distance learning resources
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