Pueblo, CO Education Overview

Area enjoys two public school districts, three colleges and two private academies

By John McBryde on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:29

Students in Pueblo have multiple choices for a quality education, including two public school districts, three colleges and two private academies. Here are some of The Steel City’s best in class:

Public Schools

More than 18,000 students attend Pueblo City Schools, whose numerous International Baccaleaureate and STEM Magnet campuses were instrumental in helping their students earn more than $10 million in scholarships last year. Pueblo County School District 70's 8,000 students attend more than two dozen facilities that include a Connect Charter School and a School of Engineering and Biomedical Science.

Both school districts provide several opportunities to earn college credit through a concurrent enrollment agreement with Pueblo Community College and CSU-Pueblo. Students have access to a free Early College Program, through which they can graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate or vocational degree, thereby saving up to $10,000 in college tuition fees.

Pueblo Community College

PCC is a two-year public institution that offers certificates and associate degrees along with a wide range of technical programs. Established in 1933, Pueblo Community has 6,500 students and features affordable classes and a learning environment focused on critical and creative thinking, problem solving, intellectual inquiry and global awareness.

Colorado State University-Pueblo

CSU-Pueblo, with more than 5,000 students, has 28 undergraduate, eight graduate and 11 pre-professional programs in four separate schools. It is one of only seven colleges in the U.S. with a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. CSU-Pueblo also gives area high school students the opportunity to earn college credits through dual enrollment.

IntelliTec College

Started in 1965, Intellitec College is a technical career training school that allows students to earn associate degrees and professional certificates. Students may train to become automotive technicians, biomedical equipment technicians, cosmetologists, dental assistants, health information technicians, massage therapists, medical assistants, nursing assistants, personal trainers, pharmacy technicians and refrigeration/HVAC technicians and for positions in business office administration and computer and network systems, 

GOAL Academy

As a private high school that uses the Colorado standardized curriculum, GOAL Academy focuses on how traditional subjects can help students best prepare for top careers today and tomorrow. The staff also schedules many extracurricular events such as art and music clubs, ski trips, rafting adventures and even trips to Costa Rica.

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