Students in Pueblo have multiple choices for a quality education, including two public school districts, a free, online public high school, and three colleges. Here are some of The Steel City’s best in class:
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.
A well-established, nontraditional option for students is GOAL Academy, a free blended online public high school serving grades 9 through 12, which has operated successfully over 10 years. GOAL Academy has its headquarters in Pueblo and serves five regions throughout the state with 30 student drop-in centers and a technology center as well as its headquarters — all operating under authorizing District 49. All technology equipment is provided at no charge, including laptops and WiFi hotspots. Students work online and have assistance at the nearest drop-in sites and through online support platforms.
Recently Microsoft selected GOAL High School as a Microsoft Showcase School for excellence in demonstrated student outcomes resulting from a commitment to educational transformation. GOAL is one of two schools in Colorado and the only alternative education campus in the world to earn the designation.
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.
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,