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Education Guide 

Summer/Fall 2009

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Summer/Fall 2009

You know what they say about a recession being a great time to go back to school? Well, it seems to make sense, if only because it beats drinking Fanta on the couch, paging through the classifieds and watching Golden Girls reruns.

Although that Bea Arthur was a hoot. (May she rest in peace.)

Anyway, in this, the Independent's first Education Guide of 2009, you'll find a pretty comprehensive rundown of educational options in the Pikes Peak region. We say "pretty comprehensive" because it focuses on academic classroom learning. If you want to find out about the myriad trade schools, art schools and other places geared toward developing specific skills or talents, please try the Yellow Pages or Google.

If in looking at the list below, you notice any schools or organizations that are missing, please let us know by sending an e-mail to newsroom@csindy.com. Otherwise, happy browsing. And thank you for being a friend.

— The Indy staff


Post-secondary education


Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

Colorado Springs 80933

255-4422

uccs.edu

Founded in 1904, Beth-El College merged with UCCS (see listing below) in 1997. Now a college within the university, it works closely with Memorial and Penrose-St. Francis hospitals, so its graduates benefit from real-world experience.

At the undergraduate level, Beth-El offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in nursing degree with different specialties available; an R.N.-to-B.S.N. bridge program; a four-year Bachelor of Science in health care services degree with options in nutrition and sports health and wellness; and forensic health science. Additionally, Beth-El offers several certificate options for undergraduate and graduate students. Many courses are offered online.

Admissions: Call 262-3383 for information.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing program: If candidate already has a bachelor's degree, a BS in nursing can be obtained in 16 months.

The Colorado College

14 E. Cache la Poudre St.

Colorado Springs 80903

389-6000; 800/542-7214

coloradocollege.edu

The Colorado College, founded in 1874, is a small, four-year liberal arts and sciences college with approximately 1,950 students. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks CC among the nation's top liberal arts colleges. 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.

Admissions: Applications are available online and from the college, and are to be returned to the admissions office with a $50 nonrefundable fee. Financial aid is available. For more, visit coloradocollege.edu.

University of the Rockies

555 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs 80903

442-0505

rockies.edu

The University of the Rockies, operated by Bridgepoint Education, is a graduate school offering an Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy and/or professional counseling, a doctorate in clinical psychology and a doctorate in organizational leadership. Specializations include marriage and family therapy, professional counseling and organizational leadership. The university also offers continuing education for mental health professionals.

Admissions: Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited higher education institution. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered on a selective basis. An admissions packet may be requested from the admissions office or downloaded from the Web site. Scholarships available for military personnel; some other financial aid and loans are available.

Colorado State University at Pueblo

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo 81001

719/549-2462

gocsupueblo.com

Formerly the University of Southern Colorado, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Colorado State University system. Its campus is the fastest-growing in the state, with an enrollment of more than 4,600 students and newly opened student recreation center, student recreation field, and football and track & field stadium. With 26 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. Also offering continuing education programs (see p. 26).

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).

College America at Colorado Springs

3645 Citadel Drive South

Colorado Springs 80909

637-0600

collegeamerica.edu

College America's Colorado Springs branch offers programs in business, computer technology, medical specialties and graphic arts. Associate's 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, with financial aid for those who qualify.

Admissions: Interested students can contact an enrollment adviser via the Web site, or apply online. Applicants must be high school graduates or have a GED.

Colorado Technical University

4435 N. Chestnut St.

Colorado Springs 80907

800/559-9287

coloradotech.edu

Colorado Technical University, founded in 1965, offers undergraduate, master's and doctorate degree programs for careers in business, management, criminal justice, public administration, visual communications and high-tech industries. Professional certificate programs also are available. 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. Various financial aid programs are offered.

DeVry University

1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80920

632-3000

devry.edu

DeVry University's Colorado Springs campus mostly serves working adults with bachelor's programs in business administration, electronics and computer technology, network systems administration and technical management. 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 available.

Everest College

1815 Jet Wing Drive

Colorado Springs 80916

638-6580

everest.edu

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, 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 to those who qualify.

Fuller Theological Seminary

540 N. Cascade Ave., #202

Colorado Springs 80903

385-0085

fuller.edu

Fuller Theological Seminary is a nonprofit, private institution that is one of North America's largest seminaries. The Colorado Springs campus offers coursework leading toward certifications and graduate degrees in theology and Christian leadership.

Admissions: In general, applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.

IntelliTec College

2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs 80909

632-7626

intellitec.edu

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. Free graduate placement assistance is available. The school is accredited ACCSCT.

Admissions: The school requires a high school diploma or GED; ability to read, write and speak English; and participation in a personal interview with an admissions representative.

IntelliTec Medical Institute

2345 N. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80909

387-4069

intellitecmedical.com

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 participation in a personal interview with an admissions representative.

National American University

5125 N. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80918

590-8300

national.edu

National American University (NAU), a private institution, offers master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees at its Colorado Springs campus. Courses include accounting, applied management, medical administrative assisting, medical assisting, business administration, health care and information technology. M.B.A. 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 for those who qualify.

Nazarene Bible College

1111 Academy Park Loop

Colorado Springs 80910

884-5000

nbc.edu

Founded in 1967, Nazarene Bible College seeks to train adults for the ministry. It offers associate of arts degrees in church ministries, Christian ministries, early education and women's studies. 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.

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.

New Geneva Theological Seminary

3622 Galley Road

Colorado Springs 80909

573-5395

newgeneva.org

The Colorado Springs campus of New Geneva Theological Seminary offers coursework toward certifications and graduate degrees in theology and biblical studies.

Admissions: Students must submit a degree application form (available on the Web site), along with a $25 application fee by mail.

Pikes Peak Community College

Enrollment Services: 502-3000

Switchboard: 502-2000, 800/456-6847

ppcc.edu

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.

Centennial Campus

5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80906

The Downtown Studio Campus

100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs 80903

Rampart Range Campus

11195 Hwy. 83

Colorado Springs 80921

Falcon Campus

11990 Swingline Road

Falcon 80831

Pima Medical Institute

Colorado Springs Campus

3770 Citadel Drive North

Colorado Springs 80909

482-7425

pmi.edu

The Colorado Springs branch of Pima Medical Institute offers dental assistant, medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy technician 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, Suite F

Colorado Springs 80909

264-8604

ppncmin.com

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 holistic counseling. Theology/religious studies also has bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

Admissions: An online application is available. Tuition costs vary depending upon the program.

Regis University

7450 Campus Drive, #100

Colorado Springs 80920

264-7000

regis.edu

Regis University was founded in 1877 by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits. It 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 Care Professions offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs for careers in health professions; and the College of 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 Web site for further information. A variety of financial aid packages are available; for assistance, call the financial aid office at 800/568-8932.

Remington College

6050 Erin Park Drive

Colorado Springs 80918

532-1234

remingtoncollege.edu

Remington College offers various programs and degrees, where students can earn an Associate or Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. Diploma programs for careers as a medical assistant and pharmacy technician are also offered.

Admissions: A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most programs. An interview with an admissions representative is required. Various forms of financial aid may be explored using links provided on the Web site.

Troy University

8610 Explorer Drive, #101

Colorado Springs 80920

265-8769

troy.edu

A regionally accredited institution, Troy University offers on-site graduate programs in management and international relations and additional undergraduate online degrees. The programs are organized with working and military students in mind. Classes are held on the Fort Carson campus at 1675 Long St., and the classroom at 5825 Delmonico Drive, #120.

Admissions: Call the number above for information.

University of Phoenix

866/766-0766

phoenix.edu

The University of Phoenix offers undergraduate, graduate and associate's 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's degrees. Online programs are available.

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 can complete and submit a request-for-information form from the Web site or call. Once the request has been received, students will meet with an enrollment adviser.

South Circle Drive Learning Center

2864 S. Circle Drive

Colorado Springs 80906

527-9000

Southern Colorado Campus

5725 Mark Dabling Blvd., #150

Colorado Springs 80919

800/834-4646

Pueblo Student Resource Center

121 W. First St., Suite A

Pueblo 81003

719/544-0015

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.

Colorado Springs 80918

255-8227; 800/990-8227

uccs.edu

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.

United States Air Force Academy

HQ USAFA

2304 Cadet Drive, #200

USAF Academy 80840

333-2520; 800/443-9266

usafa.af.mil

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. Full details can be found at the Academy's Web site.

Webster University

5475 Tech Center Drive, #100

Colorado Springs 80919

590-7340

webster.edu/coloradosprings

Webster University offers graduate business and technology degrees at its Tech Center Drive campus, as well as Schriever and Peterson Air Force bases, Fort Carson and the Air Force Academy. 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 available in health administration, business administration, finance, information technology management, human resources development and management, management and leadership, information technology management, procurement and acquisitions management and space systems operations management. There's also a certificate program in government contracting. 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. Visit the Web site to learn more about admissions.


K-through-12 education: area school districts


Colorado Springs School District 11

1115 N. El Paso St.

Colorado Springs 80903

520-2000

d11.org

Following a recent round of school closures, District 11 will open the 2009-10 school year with 35 elementary schools, nine middle schools, five high schools, six charter schools and six alternative schools. D-11 is the largest and most centrally located school district in Colorado Springs.

Academy School District 20

1110 Chapel Hills Drive

Colorado Springs 80920

234-1200

asd20.org

District 20 consists of 20 elementary schools, seven middle schools, seven 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

Colorado Springs 80906

579-2000

hsd2.org

The second-oldest organized school district in El Paso County, District 2 was officially organized on Aug. 20, 1874. It currently consists of 14 elementary schools, one K-through-8 school, three middle schools, two high schools, including New Horizons Opportunity School, and three charter schools. Atlas Preparatory School (atlasprep.org) is a new, free charter school on Fountain and Murray boulevards, opening this August with 100 fifth-graders.

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12

1775 LaClede St.

Colorado Springs 80906

475-6100

cmsd12.org

District 12 consists of six elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one charter school. Its students consistently score high on tests, and its families pride themselves on being involved with their children's education.

Falcon School District 49

10850 E. Woodmen Road

Falcon 80831

495-1100

d49.org

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 and an academy, and three charter schools. The district strives to keep a small-town atmosphere as it grows.

Lewis-Palmer School District 38

146 Jefferson St.

Monument 80132

488-4700

lewispalmer.org

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, which increases opportunities for individual attention.

Widefield School District 3

1820 Main St.

Colorado Springs 80911

391-3000

wsd3.org

The students of District 3 are served by one preschool, nine K-through-6 elementary schools, three junior high schools and three high schools. The Community Center S.A. Wilson Preschool is located in District 3 but not partnered with the district, along with James Madison Charter Academy, which serves grades K-6.

Manitou Springs School District 14

405 El Monte Place

Manitou Springs 80829

685-2024

mssd14.org

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


American Christian Academy

633-1129

Currently offers tutoring services for grades 1 through 12, as well as an ESL (English as a second language) program. At publication time, the school was preparing to move to a new location; representatives suggested that interested readers call the number above to find out the new address.

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

33 N. Institute St.

Colorado Springs 80903

Voice: 578-2100

TDD: 578-2101

csdb.org

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, as are after-school programs, athletics, peer advisers and work programs. Various living arrangements are available based on students' levels of independence.

Admissions: Students are required to have a documented hearing and/or vision loss, as defined by Colorado eligibility guidelines.

Colorado Springs Christian School

4855 Mallow Road

Colorado Springs 80907

599-3553

cscslions.org

Colorado Springs Christian School, a 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.

Colorado Springs 80906

475-9747

css.org

The Colorado Springs School gives students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to "learn by doing." The college-prep curriculum allows students to apply academic concepts to classroom activities and field studies on campus and in the community, the nation and the world. 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 help every student present the best possible profile to colleges and universities.

Financial aid and scholarships are available to students who qualify. Transportation to the school is available throughout Colorado Springs.

Corpus Christi Catholic School

2410 N. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs 80907

632-5092

ucsppr.org/corpuschristi

Corpus Christi provides a "faith-filled" education for students in grades pre-K through 8.

Cornerstone Baptist Academy

3615 Vickers Drive

Colorado Springs 80918

593-7887

Cornerstone is a K-through-12 Christian school for church members only.

Divine Redeemer Catholic School

901 N. Logan Ave.

Colorado Springs 80909

471-7771

divineredeemer.net

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.

Colorado Springs 80907

634-7024

ecaeagles.org

Grades 7-through-12 campus:

4052 Nonchalant Circle South

Colorado Springs 80917

597-3675

Evangelical Christian Academy is a ministry of Grace Presbyterian Church and Village Seven Presbyterian Church, focusing on holistic development.

Fountain Valley School

6155 Fountain Valley School Road

Colorado Springs 80911

390-7035

fvs.edu

Founded in 1929, Fountain Valley School is a private boarding and day school that stresses rigorous academics for grades 9 to 12.

Heartland Christian Academy

828 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs 80903

636-3681

hca-cos.org

Affiliated with Immanuel Lutheran Church, Heartland Christian Academy offers grades pre-K through 8.

HillSprings Learning Center

1257 Lake Plaza Drive, #120

Colorado Springs 80906

576-3840

hillsprings.org

HillSprings Learning Center is a nonprofit, half-day learning center for K-through-8 students with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder.

Hilltop Baptist School

6915 Palmer Park Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80915

597-1880

hilltopbaptistschool.org

Hilltop Baptist features small class sizes and the Bob Jones University Press curriculum for grades K through 12.

Pauline Memorial Catholic School

1601 Mesa Ave.

Colorado Springs 80906

632-1846

ucsppr.org/paulinememorialcatholicschool.aspx

Pauline, a Colorado Springs institution since 1955, welcomes students in grades pre-K through 8.

Pikes Peak Academy

5590 N. Nevada Ave.

Colorado Springs 80918

473-5745

pikespeakacademy.net

Pikes Peak Academy is an alternative Christian high school.

Pikes Peak Christian School

5905 Flintridge Drive

Colorado Springs 80918

598-8610

ppcseagles.net

Pikes Peak Christian offers a Bible-based education for grades pre-K through 12.

Springs Adventist Academy

5410 E. Palmer Park Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80915

597-0155

saaschool.org

Springs Adventist students, in grades K through 9, receive an education geared toward spiritual and academic excellence.

St. Mary's High School

2501 E. Yampa St.

Colorado Springs 80909

635-7540

smhscs.org

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


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.

Colorado Springs 80906

632-0875

goldenmtmontessori.com

Giving Tree Montessori School

1110 W. Moreno Ave.

Colorado Springs 80905

630-3763

Hope Montessori Academy (West)

2041 Chuckwagon Road

Colorado Springs 80919

388-8818

montessorichild.com

Hope Montessori Academy (East)

6353 Stetson Hills Road

Colorado Springs 80922

573-5300

montessorichild.com

Hope Montessori Academy (North)

18075 Minglewood Trail

Monument 80132

488-8723

montessorichild.com

Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy

7675 Lexington Drive

Colorado Springs 80920

592-0900

rm-montessori.com

Washington Elementary School

(taking over the former Buena Vista program for School District 11)

924 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs 80905

328-4800

d11.org/washington


Other public school resources


Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services

4825 Lorna Place

Colorado Springs 80915

570-7474

ppboces.org

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.


Home-school support


CMCA Home School Connection

2948 E. Fountain Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80910

477-6715

A one-day-a-week enrichment program for home-schoolers in grades 1 through 11.


Online resources


college-scholarships.com/colorado.htm

This Web site provides comprehensive information on Colorado colleges, universities, career colleges, technical colleges, vocational colleges, technical schools, vocational schools and online degree programs.

ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education Web site provides links to higher education options, grant information, common questions and state information before finding a college.

embark.com

This link has a high school timeline to help students plan out the next phase, college. Research programs, apply to schools and learn more about financial aid in an organized way through Embark.

studentaid.ed.gov

This site offers a free federal resource for preparing for and funding education beyond high school.


Continuing education


City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

1401 Recreation Way

Colorado Springs 80905

385-5940

springsgov.com

The city of Colorado Springs offers a multitude of learning opportunities for people of all ages through recreation centers, community centers and senior centers. Facilities include those owned by the city and those secured through cooperative agreements with schools and recreationally focused entities. Classes range from academic to recreational.

School District 11 Community Education

Mailing address: 1115 N. El Paso St.

Walk-in registration: 1033 N. Franklin St.

Colorado Springs 80903

520-2384

d11.org/communityed

District 11 offers dozens of community education classes for children and adults, with classes that range from various kinds of dancing and foreign languages to beginning computer skills and managing rental property. They take place in the district's schools year-round.

Colorado State University at Pueblo

2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Pueblo 81001

719/549-2316

coned.colostate-pueblo.edu

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 locations in Colorado Springs, including the Citadel Center, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base. The entire curriculum of upper-division courses for degrees in social science, sociology, sociology/criminology, liberal studies (elementary education) and social work is presently available, as well as some lower-division general-education courses. In addition, non-credit, online courses may be used for professional development or personal growth and are not part of an academic degree program. Courses are available in a variety of topics, including computers, personal enrichment, entrepreneur/business, business administration/management, writing and Spanish.

Pikes Peak Library District

ppld.org

The 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, which can be found online at ebranch.ppld.org.

Briargate Branch

9475 Briar Village Point

Colorado Springs 80920

260-6882

Cheyenne Mountain Branch

1785 S. Eighth St., #100

Colorado Springs 80905

633-6278

East Library

5550 N. Union Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80918

531-6333

Fountain Branch

230 S. Main St.

Fountain 80817

382-5347

Monument Branch

1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive

Monument 80132

488-2370

Old Colorado City Branch

2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Colorado Springs 80904

634-1698

Palmer Lake Branch

66 Lower Glenway

Palmer Lake 80133

481-2587

Penrose Library

20 N. Cascade Ave.

Colorado Springs 80903

531-6333

Rockrimmon Branch

832 Village Center Drive

Colorado Springs 80919

593-8000

Ruth Holley Branch

685 N. Murray Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80915

597-5377

Sand Creek Branch

1821 S. Academy Blvd.

Colorado Springs 80916

597-7070

Ute Pass Branch

8010 Severy Road

Cascade 80809

684-9342

PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning

30 E. Rio Grande St.

Colorado Springs 80903

633-4991

visitpillar.org

The PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning offers classes to all. More than 40 volunteers in the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization develop the curriculum, instruct classes and provide organizational structure. Class topics range from history and personal safety information to spiritual cinema. There are classrooms on-site with some at various locations around town, and fees vary.

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    • Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 31 Tickets start at $20
  • Gallery 113 Art Exhibition @ City Hall

    • Through Dec. 30

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