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A number of programs will help you choose where to go, learn about financing, and get help along the way. Technical colleges may be another option to get started on a career, as well.

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Colorado Community College System

9101 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver CO 80230

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Statewide

The Colorado Community College System is the governing body for all community and technical colleges in the state. Community colleges offer a variety of remedial education classes to prepare for the college classroom. To get to the full list of community colleges in the state, click on the website and then click on "Our Colleges" for a drop-down link for each community college.

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Educational Opportunity Centers and TRIO Student Student Support Services

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Educational Opportunity Centers and TRIO student support services are federally funded and are designed for students from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or first generation college students. They exist at most public colleges in Colorado where a specialist will help you plan your education, counsel you on careers, and advise you on financial aid. Contact the school you are interested in attending to find out if they have a TRIO program or an Educational Opportunity Center.

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Emily Griffith Technical College

1870 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203

Denver

Emily Griffith Technical College is one of three technical public colleges in Colorado. It is located in Denver and offers hands-on training certificates. There is no fee to apply but there is a tuition cost. They do have scholarships available, with new courses starting every month. You can apply online using their online application or in person at the Admissions Welcome Desk.

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Federal Student Aid

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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is an online application that determines if you are eligible for a Pell grant as well as other grants and loans to help you pay for college. Use the website link to submit the application online or call the main line to ask for a paper copy. To learn more, it’s best to make an appointment with the financial aid office at the school you want to attend. They will provide support for the FAFSA application and provide education on other financial aid options.

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My Colorado Journey

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My Colorado Journey, formerly College in Colorado, is an online tool to learn about going to college, financial aid, career options, training options, money management, and much more. The tool requires an account. There is a link to sign up on the website.

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Red Rocks Community College–Gateway Program

13300 W. Sixth Ave, #WE 2661, Lakewood CO 80228

Denver Metro

Lakewood

The College Gateway Program at Red Rocks Community College helps people who are coming out of incarceration return to college and provides moral support with friendly people and no judgment. The program starts with three courses designed to orient you to college: Academic Achievement Strategies, Quest for Identity, and Sociology of Directions and Career Creations. The program has a great reputation and provides the necessary support needed to build life skills and go to college. Call 303-914-6542 for more information. Gateway also provides free computers for people who need them. You don't have to be a student or in the Gateway Program. Call for more information or fill out the form online to submit a request.

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Students with Disabilities

1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver CO 80202

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Click on the website to see resources for School to Adult Life resources for students with disabilities and to read Colorado Options: A Handbook of Postsecondary Education Services for Students with Disabilities. It explains the options around the state for any student with disabilities. If you have a disability, be sure to ask at your school if they have a Disability Resources and Services Office. All schools and colleges should offer this service.

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Technical College of the Rockies

1765 US Highway 50, Delta CO 81416

Delta

Technical College of the Rockies is one of three technical public colleges in the state. It claims to have the lowest tuition and fees of all secondary education institutions in Colorado. Use the website link to email them or call the toll free number (888) 393-5252 to ask about courses for certified occupational certificates. The college is located in Delta, Colorado.

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Upward Bound Veterans

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Upward Bound Veterans programs are located at Metro State University of Denver, Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. These programs provide support with basic skills, counseling, mentoring, tutoring, and academic instruction in core subject areas.To find your school’s Upward Bound Veterans program, look on your college’s website.

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Women Intentional About Success and Excellence program at Community College of Denver

800 Curtis Street, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

The Women Intentional About Success and Excellence (WISE) program at the Community College of Denver provides support to women with their education, networking, leadership development, access to scholarships, resource connections, and more. To apply, call the number listed and schedule an appointed with WISE Academic Advisor Nicole Rice.

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