If you believe those maddeningly ubiquitous online banner ads, President Obama wants single moms, working dads and you to go back to school. While the Indy couldn't reach the president to confirm or deny his preference for your personal education, it seems safe to say that he would agree that adding to what you already know is always a good move during uncertain times.
In that spirit, we're happy to present you with the second installment of our 2009 Education Guide. For space-related reasons, we've left out the trade schools; for art, beauty and dog-training, you'll just have to go it alone. Otherwise, a quick program rundown, and information on admissions is available for the higher education providers in the area. Send any missing or incorrect information to firstname.lastname@example.org, and here's to your first 'A.'
— The Indy Staff
14 E. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado College, founded in 1874, is a small, four-year liberal arts and sciences college with approximately 1,975 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.
University of the Rockies
555 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
The University of the Rockies is a graduate school offering a master's in psychology with a choice of 14 areas of specialization, including mediation and conflict resolution and marriage and family therapy, and a doctorate in psychology with 12 areas of specialization, including clinical psychology and organizational leadership.
Admissions: Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited higher education institution. An admissions packet may be requested from the admissions office or downloaded from the Web site. Scholarships are available for military personnel; some other financial aid and loans are available.
Colorado State University at Pueblo
2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo
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 5,000. 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. CSU-Pueblo also offers continuing education programs.
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).
CSU-Pueblo in Colorado Springs
730 Citadel Drive East, #300
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 Springs locations: the Citadel Center, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base. The entire curriculum of upper-division courses for bachelor's degrees in social science, sociology, sociology (emphasis in criminology), liberal studies (elementary education) and social work is currently available, as well as some lower-division general-education courses. Non-credit certificate programs and independent study are also available.
College America at Colorado Springs
3645 Citadel Drive South
College America's Colorado Springs branch offers programs in business, computer technology, medical specialties and graphic arts. Associate 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 Technical University, founded in 1965, offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs as well as professional certificates. Areas of study include business and management, criminal justice, digital media, high-tech industries and health care. 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.
1175 Kelly Johnson Blvd.
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 is available.
1815 Jet Wing Drive
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, dental assisting, 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
Fuller Theological Seminary is a nonprofit, private institution and is North America's largest seminary. The Colorado Springs campus offers coursework leading to certifications and graduate degrees in theology and Christian leadership.
Admissions: In general, applicants must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent.
2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave.
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. Graduate placement assistance is available. The school is accredited by ACCSC, and programs are approved for the training of veterans.
Admissions: The school requires a high school diploma or GED; ability to read, write and speak English; and a personal interview with an admissions representative. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
IntelliTec Medical Institute
2345 N. Academy Blvd.
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 a personal interview with an admissions representative.
National American University
5125 N. Academy Blvd.
National American University (NAU), a private institution, offers master's, bachelor's and associate degrees at its Colorado Springs campus. Courses include accounting, applied management, organizational leadership, business administration, information technology, criminal justice, medical administrative assisting, medical assisting, health care management, health care coding, RN to BSN, and nursing foundational courses. MBA 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
Founded in 1967, Nazarene Bible College trains adults for the ministry. It offers Associate of Arts degrees in church ministries, Christian ministries and early education. Bachelor of Arts degrees in ministry are available with majors in pastoral ministry, Christian education ministries, Christian school education, music ministries, youth 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
The Colorado Springs campus of New Geneva Theological Seminary offers a master's of divinity and 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.
Pikes Peak Community College
Enrollment Services: 502-3000
Switchboard: 502-2000, 800/456-6847
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.
5675 S. Academy Blvd.
The Downtown Studio Campus
100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Rampart Range Campus
11195 Hwy. 83
11990 Swingline Road
Pima Medical Institute
3770 Citadel Drive North
The local 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
PO Box 26538, Colorado Springs 80936
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. PPNC also offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in theology/religious studies.
Admissions: An online application is available. Tuition costs vary depending on the program.
7450 Campus Drive
Regis University was founded in 1877 and 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.
6050 Erin Park Drive
Remington College offers various programs through which students can earn an associate or Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. There are also diploma programs for careers as a pharmacy technician or in medical insurance encoding and medical assisting.
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.
8610 Explorer Drive, #101
A regionally accredited institution, Troy University offers on-site graduate programs in business administration, international relations, human resource management and management. Its online eCampus offers 19 degree programs ranging from associate to master's. The programs, stretched over a handful of nine-week terms each year, are organized with working and military students in mind.
Admissions: Call the number above for information.
University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix offers undergraduate, graduate and associate 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 degrees.
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 may complete and submit a request-for-information form from the Web site or call.
South Circle Drive Learning Center
2864 S. Circle Drive
Southern Colorado Campus
5725 Mark Dabling Blvd., #150
Pueblo Student Resource Center
121 W. First St., #150A
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.
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
2304 Cadet Drive, #200
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.
5475 Tech Center Drive, #110
Webster University offers graduate business and technology degrees at campuses on Tech Center Drive and local military installations. 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 are available in business administration, finance, information technology, space systems management and government contracting and procurement. 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.
Following a recent round of school closures, District 11 opened the 2009-10 school year with 35 elementary schools, nine middle schools, five high schools, six charter schools and four alternative schools. D-11 is the largest and most centrally located school district in Colorado Springs.
Academy School District 20
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
District 20 consists of 18 elementary schools, five middle schools, six 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
Harrison is a diverse school district consisting of 14 elementary schools, one K-through-8 school, three middle schools, two high schools, New Horizons Opportunity School, and three charter schools. Atlas Preparatory School (atlasprep.org) is a new, free charter school in the district that aims to propel at-risk middle-schoolers onto a college track.
Cheyenne Mountain School District 12
1775 LaClede St.
District 12 consists of five elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school and one charter school. Its students consistently score high on tests, with almost 90 percent of students going on to college.
Falcon School District 49
10850 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon
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 alternative school, and four charter schools.
Lewis-Palmer School District 38
146 Jefferson St., Monument
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, and its test scores are among the top in the state.
Widefield School District 3
1820 Main St.
The students of District 3 are served by four preschools, nine K-through-6 elementary schools, three junior high schools, three high schools and one charter school. The district's proximity to Fort Carson ensures a student body of varied backgrounds and experiences.
Manitou Springs School District 14
405 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs
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
Currently offers tutoring services for grades 1 through 12, as well as an English as a second language (ESL) program.
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute St.
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, and various living arrangements are available based on students' levels of independence. After-school programs, athletics, peer advisers and work programs are available.
Colorado Springs Christian Schools
4855 Mallow Road
This 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.
The Colorado Springs School gives students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to "learn by doing," with 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. Financial aid, scholarships and transportation are available.
Corpus Christi Catholic School
2410 N. Cascade Ave.
Corpus Christi provides a "faith-filled" education for students in grades pre-K through 8.
Cornerstone Baptist Academy
3615 Vickers Drive
Cornerstone is a K-through-12 Christian school for church members only.
Divine Redeemer Catholic School
901 N. Logan Ave.
Divine Redeemer provides a Catholic education in an academically accelerated environment. Grades pre-K through 8.
Evangelical Christian Academy
2511 N. Logan Ave.
Grades 7-through-12 campus:
4052 Nonchalant Circle South
Evangelical Christian Academy is a ministry of Grace Presbyterian and Village Seven Presbyterian churches, focusing on a Christ-centered education.
Fountain Valley School
6155 Fountain Valley School Road
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.
Affiliated with Immanuel Lutheran Church, Heartland Christian Academy is a pre-kindergarten learning center.
HillSprings Learning Center
2776 Janitell Road
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.
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.
Pauline, a Colorado Springs institution since 1955, welcomes students in grades pre-K through 8.
Pikes Peak Academy
5590 N. Nevada Ave.
Pikes Peak Academy is an alternative Christian high school.
Pikes Peak Christian School
5905 Flintridge Drive
Pikes Peak Christian offers a Bible-based education for grades pre-K through 12.
Springs Adventist Academy
5410 E. Palmer Park Blvd.
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.
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 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.
Buena Vista Elementary School
924 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Giving Tree Montessori School
1110 W. Moreno Ave.
Hope Montessori Academy (West)
2041 Chuckwagon Road
Hope Montessori Academy (East)
6353 Stetson Hills Road
Hope Montessori Academy (North)
18075 Minglewood Trail, Monument
Rocky Mountain Montessori Academy
7675 Lexington Drive
Other public school resources
Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services
4825 Lorna Place
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.
This Web site provides comprehensive information on Colorado colleges, universities, career colleges, technical colleges, vocational colleges, technical schools, vocational schools and online degree programs.
The U.S. Department of Education Web site provides links to higher education options, information on grants and loans, and answers to questions commonly asked by the college-bound.
This link has a high school timeline to help students plan for the next phase, college. Research programs, apply to schools and learn more about financial aid in an organized way through Embark.
This site offers a free federal resource for preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
1401 Recreation Way
The city's budget problems will likely affect the number and scope of academic and recreational opportunities available at community centers, recreation centers, senior centers and other facilities.
School District 11 Community Education
Mailing address: 1115 N. El Paso St., Colorado Springs 80903
Walk-in registration: 711 E. San Rafael St.
District 11 offers dozens of community education classes for children and adults, with classes ranging 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.
Manitou Springs Public Library
701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
The library provides basic and advanced computer classes for adults and Cool Science presentations for kids, and will offer book discussions beginning in December.
Pikes Peak Library District
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.
9475 Briar Village Point
Cheyenne Mountain Branch
1785 S. Eighth St., #100
5550 N. Union Blvd.
230 S. Main St., Fountain
1706 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument
Old Colorado City Branch
2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Palmer Lake Branch
66 Lower Glenway, Palmer Lake
20 N. Cascade Ave.
832 Village Center Drive
Ruth Holley Branch
685 N. Murray Blvd.
Sand Creek Branch
1821 S. Academy Blvd.
Ute Pass Branch
8010 Severy Road
Rampart Range Library District
Woodland Park: 687-9281
Both of the district's libraries offer computer and tai chi classes, book discussions and other educational opportunities for adults and young people.
PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning
30 E. Rio Grande St.
The PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning offers classes to all. More than 40 volunteers in this nonprofit organization develop the curriculum, teach classes and provide organizational structure. Topics range from history and personal safety to spiritual cinema. There are classrooms on-site, and classes are sometimes taught at various locations around town. Fees vary.
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