When Fran Gallahar decided to leave a six-figure job in business to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a nurse‚ she was surprised by the number of colleges and universities she had to choose from. Many of the area’s colleges and universities not only serve traditional post-high school students but also cater to nontraditional students like Gallahar who are seeking new skills and career opportunities.
Colorado University-Colorado Springs‚ a four-year state university with an enrollment of 7‚500 students‚ is the fastest-growing college in the state. Classes that run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. accommodate a variety of schedules and situations for students in undergraduate and graduate programs Thanks to the nearly 20 higher-education institutions located in the area‚ the region’s workforce is consistently ranked by national organizations as one of the most highly educated in the nation.
Pikes Peak Community College, a two-year university with three locations in Colorado Springs, works closely with local employers to make sure it’s providing students with the right skill sets to be successful in their careers.
Colorado College‚ a private four-year university‚ draws more than 1‚900 undergraduates from Colorado and across the globe. The school has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 28 colleges in liberal arts and sciences.