Though job prospects may be thin and the unemployment rate high — expected to remain at or above 9 percent for the rest of the year, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. — the fact remains that more education will never hurt you. Add in the collegiate commercials clamoring for students (not to mention interrupting our soaps), and there's no better day to sign up than yesterday. That's why we're happy to present the first installment of our 2010 Education Guide.
A semi-annual publication, our ed guide lists contact information, available majors and enrollment requirements for a host of schools with a local presence. Trade, art and other varieties of specified education were left out, and are better found in the phone book.
If we've missed anything, or if you're secretly running a full-fledged private university out of your third bedroom and we failed to find you, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CollegeAmerica at Colorado Springs
3645 Citadel Drive South, 637-0600
CollegeAmerica's Colorado Springs branch offers programs in business, computer technology, medical specialties and graphic arts. Associate degrees are available in computer programming, computer technology and networking, e-business management and accounting, medical specialties and graphic arts. The Bachelor of Science program includes accounting, business administration, computer science and health care administration. Flexible and online classes are available.
Admissions: Interested students can contact an enrollment adviser via the website, or apply online. Applicants must be high school graduates or have a GED. Federal financial aid is available.
14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6000; 800/542-7214
Colorado College, founded in 1874, is a four-year liberal arts and sciences college with nearly 2,000 students. U.S. News & World Report consistently labels CC one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges; it was No. 24 in the most recent rankings. CC is distinctive for its "block" plan, in which the academic year is divided into eight 3½-week sessions, allowing students to focus on one class at a time. While its focus is on undergrad education, it does offer a master's in teaching program.
Admissions: Applications are available online and from the college, and are to be returned to the admissions office with a $50 nonrefundable fee. Scholarships and numerous financial aid options are available.
Colorado State University at Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2100
Formerly the University of Southern Colorado, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Colorado State University system, with an enrollment of more than 5,000. With 27 bachelor's degrees and seven master's degrees, CSU-Pueblo offers multiple paths to define your future through the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies. CSU-Pueblo also offers continuing education programs.
Admissions: Students must submit an application (available online) with a $25 payment, ACT or SAT scores and a high school transcript (or GED test scores). Scholarships and numerous financial aid options are available.
CSU-Pueblo in Colorado Springs
730 Citadel Drive East, #300, 442-2264
The division of Continuing Education offers classes in several majors to meet the needs of working adults and military personnel in Colorado Springs. These classes are held at three Springs locations: the Citadel Center, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base. The entire curriculum of upper-division courses for bachelor's degrees in social science, sociology, sociology (emphasis in criminology), liberal studies (elementary education) and social work is currently available, as well as some lower-division general-education courses. Non-credit certificate programs and independent study are also available.
Admissions: Applications can be submitted online or via mail with a $25 payment, ACT or SAT scores and a high school transcript (or GED test scores). Scholarships and numerous financial aid options are available.
Colorado Technical University
4435 N. Chestnut St., 598-0200; 800/559-9287
Colorado Technical University, founded in 1965, offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs as well as professional certificates. Areas of study include business and management, criminal justice, digital media, high-tech industries and health care. Courses may be taken in a traditional classroom setting, online or through a combination of both.
Admissions: Applications can be made online or with the assistance of admissions representatives. A high school diploma or GED is required. Scholarships and various financial aid programs are offered.
1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd., 632-3000
DeVry University's Colorado Springs campus mostly serves working adults with bachelor's programs in business administration, network systems administration and technical management, computer information systems and Web graphic design. Master's degree programs and graduate certificates are also available. Many programs are offered online.
Admissions: An application (at the campus or online) must be completed, as well as an interview with an admissions representative. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Financial aid is available.
1815 Jet Wing Drive, 638-6580
Everest College offers vocational programs designed to help graduates prepare for specialized and entry-level positions. They include accounting, business administration, computer information science (networking, programming, Web design), criminal justice, legal assisting/paralegal services, massage therapy, dental assisting, medical administrative assisting and medical assisting.
Admissions: Prerequisites for admission include the successful completion of a placement assessment and an interview with an admissions officer. Financial aid is available.
Fuller Theological Seminary
540 N. Cascade Ave., #202, 385-0085
Fuller Theological Seminary is a nonprofit, private institution and is North America's largest nondenominational seminary. The Colorado Springs campus offers coursework leading to certifications and graduate degrees in theology and Christian leadership.
Admissions: In general, applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent. Scholarships and various financial aid programs are offered.
2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 632-7626
Founded in 1965, IntelliTec provides specialized career training and offers Associate of Occupational Studies degrees in HVAC/refrigeration, architectural drafting and mechanical drafting, and programs for network systems administrators and automotive technicians. Graduate placement assistance is available. The school is accredited by ACCSC, and programs are approved for the training of veterans.
Admissions: The school requires a high school diploma or GED; ability to read, write and speak English; and a personal interview with an admissions representative. Some scholarships and federal financial aid programs are available.
IntelliTec Medical Institute
2345 N. Academy Blvd., 596-7400
IntelliTec Medical Institute was established in 1966. The school's programs include medical assisting, medical administrative assisting, dental assisting, massage therapy and programs to become medical lab technicians.
Admissions: The school requires a high school diploma or GED; evidence of good health; ability to read, write and speak English; and a personal interview with an admissions representative. Some scholarships and federal financial aid are available.
National American University
5125 N. Academy Blvd., 590-8300
National American University (NAU), a private institution, offers master's, bachelor's and associate degrees at its Colorado Springs campus. Courses include accounting, applied management, organizational leadership, business administration, information technology, criminal justice, medical administrative assisting, medical assisting, health care management, health care coding, RN to BSN, and nursing foundational courses. MBA and master's programs in management are available, along with traditional and online courses. Regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.
Admissions: You may call or write to NAU and request an application form, or apply online. Federal financial aid programs are available.
Nazarene Bible College
1111 Academy Park Loop, 884-5000
Founded in 1967, Nazarene Bible College trains adults for the ministry. It offers Associate of Arts degrees in church ministries, Christian ministries. Bachelor of Arts degrees in ministry are available with majors in pastoral ministry, Christian education ministries, Christian school education, music ministries, leadership and ethics, counseling for Christian ministry, Christian counseling, and Bible and theology. Counseling for Christian ministries is also available as an online degree.
Admissions: Applications can be made online or by contacting the college. The college requires a high school diploma or GED, a testimonial essay and letters of recommendation. Financial aid is available.
New Geneva Theological Seminary
3622 Galley Road, 573-5395
The Colorado Springs campus of New Geneva Theological Seminary offers a master's of divinity and coursework toward certifications and graduate degrees in theology and biblical studies.
Admissions: Students must submit a degree application form (available on the website), along with a $25 application fee.
Pikes Peak Community College
Enrollment Services: 502-3000
Switchboard: 502-2000, 800/456-6847
Pikes Peak Community College offers two-year liberal arts programs that enable students to qualify for admission as juniors at other colleges and universities. Also offered are programs in a variety of career and technical fields. Special military offerings complement significant support services and distance-learning options for all students.
Admissions: An online application is available. For information on financial aid and scholarships, call 502-3000.
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
The Downtown Studio Campus
100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Rampart Range Campus
11195 Hwy. 83
11990 Swingline Road, Falcon
Pima Medical Institute
3770 Citadel Drive North, 482-7462
The local branch of Pima Medical Institute offers dental assistant, medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, pharmacy technician, healthcare administration (online only) and veterinary assistant and technician programs. The school offers a full range of student services, including financial aid and lifetime job placement assistance.
Admissions: Candidates should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Those who do not have a high school diploma or GED and are over age 18 may take a federally approved application test. All applicants must take an entrance exam and pass with a minimum score.
PPNC School of Ministry
2130 Academy Circle South, Suite F, 264-8604
Originally a Bible and seminary school for women, PPNC now has opened a department of men's studies. Bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certification programs are available in pastoral holistic ministry (for nurses only) and pastoral counseling. PPNC also offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in theology/religious studies.
Admissions: An online application is available. Tuition costs vary depending on the program.
7450 Campus Drive, #100, 800/944-7667
Regis University was founded in 1877 and is a liberal arts college that comprises three schools: Regis College offers a range of programs in liberal arts, sciences, education and business; the College for Health Professions offers undergraduate, graduate, certificate and doctorate programs for careers in health professions; and the College for Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, academic certificates and non-credit corporate education for working professionals. Online courses and degrees are available.
Admissions: Each school has different admissions requirements. Contact the departments of admissions or visit the website for further information. A variety of financial aid packages are available.
6050 Erin Park Drive, 532-1234
Remington College offers various programs through which students can earn an associate or Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. There are also diploma programs for careers as a pharmacy technician or in medical insurance encoding and medical assisting.
Admissions: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most programs. An interview with an admissions representative is required. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
8610 Explorer Drive, #101, 265-8769
A regionally accredited institution, Troy University offers on-site graduate programs in business administration, international relations, human resource management and management. Its online eCampus offers 19 degree programs ranging from associate to master's. The programs, stretched over a handful of nine-week terms each year, are organized with working and military students in mind.
Admissions: Call the number above for information. Some scholarships are available, along with other financial aid.
United States Air Force Academy
2400 Cadet Drive, #200, 333-2520; 800/443-9266
Recognized as one of the nation's finest four-year institutions of higher learning, the U.S. Air Force Academy provides cadets with a solid foundation for a career in the Air Force and a life as an engaged citizen.
Admissions: Public law (Title 10) decrees that a cadet must be a U.S. citizen, unmarried, with no dependents, and be older than 17, but younger than 23, by July 1 of the year he or she enters the Academy. Tuition costs are covered by taxpayers. Full details can be found at the Academy's website.
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-8227; 800/990-8227
One of four institutions in the University of Colorado system, UCCS offers a wide variety of bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as doctoral degrees. There are six colleges on campus: business and administration, education, engineering and applied science, public affairs, nursing and letters, and arts and sciences. UCCS also offers a number of graduate degrees through its graduate school and its Graduate School for Public Affairs.
Admissions: Applications are available from the college or online and are to be returned to the admissions office with a $50 application fee ($60 for graduate school). An official high school transcript, official ACT/SAT scores and transcripts of college coursework previously taken are required. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
University of Northern Colorado
12320 Oracle Blvd., 800/232-1749
The Greeley-based University of Northern Colorado currently offers five degree programs in Colorado Springs: a post-bachelor's program in elementary education, and master's programs in clinical counseling, school counseling, and sport and exercise science (with emphasis in either sport administration or physical education). Its online offerings are more extensive, including a handful of bachelor's degree and certificate programs, and about 10 postgraduate programs, including a new master's in art education.
Admissions: Call the number above for information. Scholarships and other financial aid programs are available.
University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix offers undergraduate, graduate and associate degrees, as well as doctorates, in many fields, including business, education, criminal justice, social and behavioral science, health care services and technology. Classes are offered in the evening and on weekends, with the working professional in mind. Most courses can be taken online. There is a 20-month degree program for associate degrees.
Admissions: For the undergraduate program, applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, be at least 16 years of age and have access to an organizational environment where they can apply concepts learned in class. Graduate students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and at least three years of significant work experience. Specific degree programs may have additional admissions requirements. To enroll, students may complete and submit a request-for-information form from the website or call. Scholarships and federal financial aid are available.
South Circle Drive Learning Center
2864 S. Circle Drive, #130, 527-9000
Southern Colorado Campus
5725 Mark Dabling Blvd., 800/834-4646
Pueblo Student Resource Center
121 W. First St., #150A, Pueblo, 719/544-0015
University of the Rockies
555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 442-0505
The University of the Rockies is a graduate school offering a master's in psychology with a choice of a number of areas of specialization, including mediation and conflict resolution, and marriage and family therapy, and a doctorate in psychology with multiple areas of specialization, including clinical psychology and organizational leadership.
Admissions: Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited higher education institution. An admissions packet may be requested from the admissions office or downloaded from the website. Scholarships are available for military personnel; some other financial aid and loans are available.
5475 Tech Center Drive, #110, 590-7340
Webster University offers graduate business and technology degrees at campuses on Tech Center Drive and local military installations. Students attend classes one evening a week from 5:30 to 9:30 and can complete a degree in two years or less. Master's degrees are available in business administration, finance, information technology, space systems management, and government contracting and procurement. Many of these programs are available online.
Admissions: Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and have a 2.5 GPA or higher will be admitted; no entrance exams (GMAT or GRE) are required. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
K-through-12 education: area school districts
To learn more about individual public charter schools in the area, visit the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools' website at publiccharters.org.
Colorado Springs School District 11
1115 N. El Paso St., 520-2000
District 11 serves the central core of Colorado Springs with 35 elementary schools, nine middle schools, five high schools, six charter schools and four alternative schools. D-11 is the largest district in the city.
Academy School District 20
1110 Chapel Hills Drive, 234-1200
District 20 consists of 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, six high schools and one charter school. Its test scores, graduation rates, college admissions/scholarships and student achievement awards put D-20 among the top-rated school districts in the state.
Harrison School District 2
1060 Harrison Road, 579-2000
Harrison is a diverse school district consisting of 14 elementary schools, one K-through-8 school, three middle schools, two high schools, three alternative schools, and four charter schools. Atlas Preparatory School (atlasprep.org) is a new, free charter school in the district that aims to propel at-risk middle-schoolers onto a college track.
Cheyenne Mountain School District 12
1775 LaClede St., 475-6100
District 12 consists of five elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one charter school. Its students consistently score high on tests, with almost 90 percent of students going on to college.
Falcon School District 49
10850 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, 495-1100
Falcon District 49 is one of the fastest-growing school districts in the area. It consists of nine elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools, an alternative school and four charter schools.
Lewis-Palmer School District 38
146 Jefferson St., Monument, 488-4700
Lewis-Palmer School District consists of five elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools and one charter school. It prides itself on its relatively small size, and its test scores are among the top in the state.
Widefield School District 3
1820 Main St., Widefield, 391-3000
The students of District 3 are served by four preschools, nine K-through-5 elementary schools, three junior high schools, three high schools and one charter school. The district's proximity to Fort Carson ensures a student body of varied backgrounds and experiences.
Manitou Springs School District 14
405 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, 685-2024
The students of the Manitou Springs area are served by one high school, one middle school and two elementary schools. Manitou Springs is a small town, and District 14 is a small district, with an accomplished student body that represents the quirky nature of the community.
K-through-12 education: private schools
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute St.
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is a state-funded school that provides educational services to those under age 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or blind or low-vision. For students beyond a reasonable commuting distance, on-campus living is available from Sunday evening to Friday afternoons, and various living arrangements are available based on students' levels of independence. After-school programs, athletics, peer advisers and work programs are available.
Colorado Springs Christian Schools
4855 Mallow Road, 599-3553
This nondenominational K-through-12 Christian school provides biblically based education. Also offered are home-schooling programs and the Handprints Early Education Center preschool.
The Colorado Springs School
21 Broadmoor Ave., 475-9747
The Colorado Springs School gives students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to "learn by doing," with small classes, a college counseling process that begins in middle school, and individualized guidance in high school coursework adjoined with testing tactics, essay writing and interviewing. Financial aid, scholarships and transportation are available.
Cornerstone Baptist Academy
3615 Vickers Drive, 593-7887
Cornerstone is a K-through-12 Christian school for church members only.
Corpus Christi Catholic School
2410 N. Cascade Ave., 632-5092
Corpus Christi provides a "faith-filled" education for students in grades pre-K through 8.
Divine Redeemer Catholic School
901 N. Logan Ave., 471-7771
Divine Redeemer provides a Catholic education in an academically accelerated environment. Grades pre-K through 8.
Evangelical Christian Academy
Pre-K-through-6 campus: 2511 N. Logan Ave., 634-7024
Grades 7-through-12 campus: 4052 Nonchalant Circle South, 597-3675
Evangelical Christian Academy is a ministry of Grace Presbyterian and Village Seven Presbyterian churches, focusing on a "Christ-centered" and "child-focused" education.
Fountain Valley School
6155 Fountain Valley School Road, 390-7035
Founded in 1929, Fountain Valley School is a private boarding and day school on 1,100 acres in Colorado Springs. Serving grades 9 through 12, it stresses rigorous academics, with approximately 20 Advanced Placement courses and a Senior Seminar.
Heartland Christian Academy
828 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 636-3681
Affiliated with Immanuel Lutheran Church, Heartland Christian Academy is a pre-kindergarten learning center.
Hilltop Baptist School
6915 Palmer Park Blvd., 597-1880
Hilltop Baptist features small class sizes and the Bob Jones University Press curriculum for grades K through 12.
HillSprings Learning Center
2776 Janitell Road, 576-3840
HillSprings Learning Center is a nonprofit, half-day learning center for K-through-8 students with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder.
Pauline Memorial Catholic School
1601 Mesa Ave., 632-1846
Pauline, a Colorado Springs institution since 1955, welcomes students in grades pre-K through 8.
Pikes Peak Academy
5590 N. Nevada Ave., 473-5745
Pikes Peak Academy is an alternative Christian high school for students who are considered at risk of not graduating.
Pikes Peak Christian School
5905 Flintridge Drive, 598-8610
Pikes Peak Christian offers a Bible-based education for grades pre-K through 12.
Springs Adventist Academy
5410 E. Palmer Park Blvd., 597-0155
Springs Adventist students in grades K through 8 receive an education geared toward spiritual and academic excellence.
St. Mary's High School
2501 E. Yampa St., 635-7540
St. Mary's High School was one of the first schools in the Pikes Peak region. It is now an independent, coeducational Catholic high school with nearly 400 students.
Montessori schools are based on principles developed in 1907 by Maria Montessori, Italy's first female physician. Learning through all five senses is emphasized, and children are allowed to learn at their own pace, choosing activities from numerous possibilities. Children are placed in multi-age groups, which encourages older children to share their knowledge with younger ones. The following Montessori schools are in Colorado Springs:
Born of the Golden Mountain Montessori School
306 W. Brookside St., 632-0875
Buena Vista Elementary School
924 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 328-4100
Giving Tree Montessori School
1110 W. Moreno Ave., 630-3763
Hope Montessori Academy (West)
2041 Chuckwagon Road, 388-8818
Hope Montessori Academy (East)
6353 Stetson Hills Blvd, 573-5300
Hope Montessori Academy (North)
18075 Minglewood Trail, Monument, 488-8723
Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy
7675 Lexington Drive, 592-0900
Other public school resources
Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services
4825 Lorna Place, 570-7474
Founded in 1968, the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services serves nine school districts in the Pikes Peak region. The Pikes Peak BOCES helps member school districts find the best use of educational dollars by offering services in technology planning and implementation, program development for non-English-speaking students and more.
This website site provides comprehensive information on Colorado colleges, universities, career colleges, technical colleges, vocational colleges, technical schools, vocational schools and online degree programs.
This website offers a wide variety of information for students and parents on college planning, financial aid, and comprehensive profiles of colleges nationwide. This site also provides information on testing preparation and dates for the ACT and SAT.
CollegeInvest, a nonprofit division of the state Department of Education, offers scholarships as well as college-comparison tools, information on saving for college, help with financial aid forms, and more.
The U.S. Department of Education website provides links to higher education options, information on grants and loans, and answers to questions commonly asked by the college-bound.
This link has a high school timeline to help students plan for the next phase, college. Research programs, apply to schools and learn more about financial aid in an organized way through Embark.
This site offers a free federal resource for preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
1401 Recreation Way, 385-5940
Despite city budget problems, community centers and the Colorado Springs Senior Center have been assured enough money to continue operations through 2010. Contact each location individually for up-to-date offerings.
School District 11 Community Education
Walk-in registration: 711 E. San Rafael St., 520-2384
District 11 offers dozens of community education classes for children and adults, with classes ranging from notary training to herb gardening to partner yoga. They take place in the district's schools year-round.
Manitou Springs Public Library
701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206
The library provides basic and advanced computer classes for adults and Cool Science presentations for kids.
Pikes Peak Library District
Pikes Peak Library District offers book discussion groups, computer classes and numerous other learning activities for the community. Meetings and classes take place at PPLD libraries, branch libraries and online. Most activities are free or require a nominal fee. The PPLD has also opened an eBranch online at ebranch.ppld.org.
9475 Briar Village Point, 260-6882
Cheyenne Mountain Branch
1785 S. Eighth St., #100, 633-6278
5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333
230 S. Main St., Fountain, 382-5347
1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 488-2370
Old Colorado City Branch
2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 634-1698
Palmer Lake Branch
66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake, 481-2587
20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333
832 Village Center Drive, 593-8000
Ruth Holley Branch
685 N. Murray Blvd., 597-5377
Sand Creek Branch
1821 S. Academy Blvd., 597-7070
Ute Pass Branch
8010 Severy Road, 684-9342
Rampart Range Library District
Woodland Park: 218 E. Midland Ave., 687-9281
Florissant: 334 Circle Drive, 748-3939
Both district libraries offer computer and tai chi classes, book discussions and other educational opportunities for adults and young people.
PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning
202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite I, 633-4991
The PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning offers classes to all. More than 40 volunteers in this nonprofit organization develop the curriculum, teach classes and provide organizational structure. Topics range from history and personal safety to spiritual cinema. There are classrooms on-site, and classes are sometimes taught at various locations around town. Fees vary.