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CollegeAmerica at Colorado Springs

3645 Citadel Drive South, 227-0170, 622-3600

South Satellite: 1026 Maxwell St., 622-3610

collegeamerica.edu

Student pop.: N/A

College America's local sites offer nine bachelor's programs and six associate's programs in healthcare, business, information technology and graphic arts. All bachelor's programs are designed to take 30 to 36 months, and associate's programs can be completed in as little as 15 months. Some degree programs can be pursued online.

Colorado College

14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6000; 800/542-7214

coloradocollege.edu

Student pop.: 2,040

President Jill Tiefenthaler, who joined CC in 2011, is inspiring conversation on campus. CC will be promoting entrepreneurship among its students with its new Big Idea program, a year-long program to foster entrepreneurial spirit and support innovative start-ups. With an average class size of 16 students and liberal-arts academics that consistently crack the country's Top 30, the college is known for its Block Plan, where students take one 3½-week course at a time, rather than juggling three or four over nine weeks.

Colorado State University at Pueblo

2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, 719/549-2100

gocsupueblo.com

Student pop.: 5,000

CSU-Pueblo is growing in multiple directions this year. There will be six new sports programs starting in Fall 2014: men's and women's lacrosse, men's cross country, men's indoor and outdoor track, women's swimming, and women's diving. More relevant to academics, CSU-Pueblo's new automatic merit scholarship will help incoming students who meet certain academic requirements. CSU-Pueblo is a fully accredited, regional comprehensive state university that provides social, educational and cultural opportunities. The 275-acre campus is located in an ethnically and culturally diverse community offering numerous art and cultural attractions and recreational options.

CSU-Pueblo in Colorado Springs

Tower campus, 2864 S. Circle Drive, #200, 442-2264

Fort Carson, Building 1117, 1675 Long St., 526-2509

coned.colostate-pueblo.edu

Student pop.: 750

The main Springs campus of CSU-Pueblo's Continuing Education program recently moved from near The Citadel mall to the new Tower location off I-25 and Circle Drive. The new site is more spacious and convenient, with reliable Internet, say multiple students via the program's Facebook page. The school touts its "personal, affordable, flexible college degree courses taught by engaged faculty that are industry leaders." It offers bachelor's degree programs in business, construction management, sociology, social work and, come this fall, business management, says Michelle Wesolowski, site manager of the Tower campus. The school provides accelerated courses of eight and 15 weeks that usually meet once or twice a week in the evening, with weekend courses available as well.

Colorado Technical University

4435 N. Chestnut St., 598-0200, 888/650-6555

coloradotech.edu

Student pop.: 1,600

Established over half a century ago, Colorado Technical University (CTU) says it's been "setting the standard for innovative learning," leading the way in online education. CTU offers accessible online degrees, including its MBA, which was ranked by the International Graduate Forum among the Top 10 online MBA programs in the world as of last year. Both on-site and online programs offer degrees at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in areas such as business and management, engineering and computer science, health sciences, information systems and technology, and security studies. Students can now complete a one-year Master of Business Administration program by attending a weekly Saturday class, says Beth Braaten, vice president of admissions. For the second year in a row, Military Times has ranked the veteran-friendly institution among the "Best for Vets" in the nationwide category.

Everest College

1815 Jet Wing Drive, 638-6580

everest.edu

Student pop.: 285

What would later become the Colorado Springs branch of Everest opened its doors in 1897 as Brown's School of Business. Over the years Everest has hugely expanded, now with more than 100 campuses throughout the country. The college offers a comprehensive selection of associate's degrees — accounting, business, computer information science, criminal justice and legal assistant/paralegal — and continues to provide diploma programs for dental assistant, massage therapy, medical administrative assistant and medical assistant. Locally, Everest prides itself on small-sized work teams, instructors with real-world professional experience, and hands-on learning in the classrooms, which are outfitted with interactive white boards.

Fuller Theological Seminary

540 N. Cascade Ave., #202, 385-0085

fuller.edu

Student pop.: 80

As of July 2013, Dr. Mark Labberton, a scholar, speaker, author and pastor, assumed the role as fifth president of Fuller Theological Seminary. This 67-year-old, eight-campus seminary, an "evangelical, multi-denominational, international and multi-ethnic community," offers 20 degree programs in ministry and continuing education. It also exclusively offers four programs in Korean and three in Spanish, with online programs offered for all types of degrees. The seminary provides "relevant courses that can be applied to your current ministry, programs for spiritual formation," and local ministry partnerships with YoungLife, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Youth Specialties and the Dale House project, says director Will Stoller-Lee. It seeks to engage the culture in "thoughtful, transformative and redemptive ways" by holding a course each year at the Sundance Film Festival and offering a variety of culturally faith-oriented courses.

IntelliTec College

2315 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 373-1690

intellitec.edu

Student pop.: approx. 725

IntelliTec aims to help its students "complete career training in the shortest time possible." Students are encouraged to choose a career they love, and to move toward future success through a curriculum that shifts gears along with the current job market. To the best of spokesman Randy Flynt's knowledge, IntelliTec is still the only school in the state to have an 18-month, associate's-degree-earning biomedical equipment technician program. Stacey Snyder, associate vice president of admissions and marketing, comments, "We are excited to announce the opening of our brand new 7,000-square-foot fitness center, equipped with state-of-the-art practice equipment, classrooms and locker rooms. Our personal-trainer students will begin classes in the facility this month."

IntelliTec Medical Institute

6805 Corporate Drive, #100, 596-7400

intellitecmedical.edu

Student pop.: 250

For over 40 years, IntelliTec Medical Institute (IMI) has provided career training for medical professionals, along with small-business management training for those interested in running their own businesses. According to Todd Matthews, campus director, "IMI is a small private college, focused on health-care training — dental assisting, medical assistant, medical lab technician, massage therapy — offering day, afternoon and evening classes." Since January 2012, the nationally accredited school has been in residence in a 40,000-square-foot facility at Tiffany Square, adjacent to I-25 at exit 149. Though the school already has a dental training center, a personal fitness studio, a massage studio, a career center and specialized classrooms, Matthews hopes to continue IMI's expansion and focus on additional medical programs. Prior to graduation, all students participate in externship programs that provide hands-on work experience.

National American University

1915 Jamboree Drive, #185, 590-8300

1079 Space Center Drive, #140, 208-3800

national.edu

Student pop.: 350

National American University (NAU) has been serving students in the region since 1974, focusing on "strong business, information technology and medical degree programs." Encouraging life-long learning, NAU says "it's never too late to get your degree." It continues to support military personnel and their families by offering reduced tuition rates for active-duty military, spouses, dependents and veterans. Since 2012, NAU has been named a "military friendly school" by GI Jobs, offering varying educational benefits for all branches of service.

Nazarene Bible College

1111 Academy Park Loop, 884-5000

nbc.edu

Student pop.: 1,290 (on-site and online)

In a recent KRDO interview, Mike Phillips, admissions counselor, called Nazarene Bible College "the best kept secret in the Front Range," with a "quality, affordable education that's more than a Bible college." An undergraduate, professional school of Christian ministry, Nazarene "exists to glorify Jesus Christ as Lord by preparing adults to evangelize, disciple and minister to the world." Emphasizing the associate of arts track, an 18-month-long program for 60 credit hours, Nazarene takes all the guesswork out of it, Phillips adds. The school schedules all classes up front, providing a tablet for each student to download textbooks. With classes capped at 30 students, Phillips believes the "students should be focused on learning." Nazarene also offers a degree in Hispanic Pastoral Ministries entirely in Spanish and online for those preparing for ministry service.

New Geneva Theological Seminary

3622 Galley Road, 573-5395

newgeneva.org

Student pop.: 50

With the vision "to be a transformational life-giving educational ministry based upon the truth of God's Word and for His glory alone," New Geneva offers master's and doctoral programs. "We are committed to equipping servant leaders of Christ for a lifetime of ministry. We believe we don't have to do it with an exotic format, but to do it in a way that is honoring to God," says president Dr. Dominic Aquila. In the fall of 2013, it unveiled its online learning program, offering courses for the Master of Arts in Christian ministry. "It's been a big new development with our online classes. It's the same academic programs but you can now get a great biblical education from the comfort of your own living room," says Dr. Mark House, professor and registrar. Combining recorded lectures and live interactions with instructors through a forum and emails, the program's cost still sits at $700 per class.

Newman University

2120 Hollowbrook Drive, #100, 520-1214

newmanu.edu/colorado

Student pop.: 78

Based in Wichita, Kan., Newman University is a Catholic school named in honor of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the 19th-century scholar known for his writings on the liberal arts and education. A university that is "unique in its goal, educating the mind and inspiring the spirit," the Colorado Springs location offers coursework toward a Master of Social Work degree. Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, graduates are eligible for licensure through Colorado's Department of Regulatory Agencies. The curriculum is rooted in eight areas: social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice and populations at risk, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, research, and a field practicum.

Pikes Peak Community College

Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.

Rampart Range Campus, 11195 State Hwy. 83

Falcon Campus, 11990 Swingline Road

Switchboard: 502-2000, 800/456-6847

ppcc.edu

Student pop.: 21,938

In its 45th year of operation, Pikes Peak Community College is a two-year school offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. And, with a new record enrollment, PPCC just keeps getting bigger. This year marked the first time an American community college offered the Ice House curriculum as a general education requirement, says Bree Langemo, dean of the division of business, public service and social sciences. In collaboration with the Small Business Development Center and Pikes Peak Workforce Center, this interactive class delves into the success stories of unlikely entrepreneurs; larger versions will begin in the summer and fall. PPCC has also recently collaborated with UCCS, CC and the USAFA to develop the new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurism to "serve the interests of the region's brightest graduates by easing the transition from college to the marketplace." In February, PPCC celebrated the opening of its new Military and Veterans Affairs Center at the Centennial Campus, which provides support to 4,000 military and veteran students each semester.

Pima Medical Institute

3770 Citadel Drive North, 482-7462

pmi.edu

Student pop.: 375-400

In the Springs since 2002, the local branch of Pima Medical Institute features advanced dental assisting and veterinary technician labs, offering flexible classes year-round. Pima's new 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility can now accommodate the certificate programs available at this campus — dental assistant, expanded-duties dental assistant, medical administrative assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy technician. Students participate in an externship — an opportunity to use the skills they have learned in the classroom, in partnership with local hospitals and medical facilities.

Regis University

7450 Campus Drive, #100, 303/458-4126, 800/568-8932

regis.edu

Student pop.: 800

With six locations dispersed throughout the state, Regis University says it is "consistently ranked among top universities, including recognition for 19 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best universities in the country." Highlighting its service to adult students, including the military population, the Colorado Springs campus is conveniently located off of the I-25 corridor. The campus features 21 classrooms as well as a recently renovated student study and lounge area that includes computer workstations, a study room and a prayer room. Since May 2011, Regis' advanced counseling students have partnered with and counseled members of the military community in areas of crisis, trauma, loss and substance abuse.

United States Air Force Academy

HQ USAFA

2400 Cadet Drive, #200, 333-2025

usafa.af.mil

Cadet pop.: 4,000

Since 1955, the 10th Air Base Wing at the United States Air Force Academy has provided "logistical, medical, fire response, security, civil engineering, family care and medical support for its immediate community of about 25,000 people." Sprawled out across 18,000 acres, the USAFA offers a four-year bachelor's of science program, with emphasis on the academics — engineering, basic sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and military strategic studies — military training, athletic conditioning, and ethical development. The USAFA continues to promote its seven strategic goals: focusing on character and leadership development, producing highly educated and trained officers, strengthening communications and reputation, enhancing diversity, integrating institutional processes, preparing and motivating the workforce, and securing and managing resources. The rigorous vetting process requires that each applicant procure a nomination, usually from a member of Congress.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-3176, 800/990-8227

uccs.edu

Student pop.: 10,598

With an 8.4 percent increase in enrollment rates, a record high, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is among the fastest-growing universities in the state and nation. Offering 37 bachelor's degrees, 19 master's programs and five doctoral degrees, UCCS has been nationally ranked ninth among Western regional public universities by U.S. News & World Report: America's Best Colleges. Some of the biggest campus developments are connected with the new Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, the first completed UCCS building along the Nevada redevelopment corridor, which opened its five clinics operating as UCCS HealthCircle. In continued partnership with Peak Vista, services provided will include a primary care clinic as well as specialized services in nutrition, aging, physical activity and behavioral health. More good news came with an April press release announcing that "the COPIC Medical Foundation recently awarded the UCCS Aging Center a $25,000 grant to implement a new integrated chronic pain management program in collaboration with Peak Vista Community Health Centers."

University of Northern Colorado

12320 Oracle Blvd., #110, 970/351-2944, 800/232-1749

unco.edu/extendedstudies

Student pop.: 200

Established in 1902, the University of Northern Colorado offers its students from around the world — about 2,000 each year — "continuing education to promote lifelong learning." For more than a decade, the distance-learning programs, including undergraduate, graduate, certificate and licensure programs, have been providing its students with the ease and convenience of online degree programs. "It's a fact that continued learning and personal enhancement can boost your productivity and self-esteem. The Office of Extended Studies designs courses to do just that, especially for professionals in the teaching or educational fields," according to its website. UNC also offers self-paced online independent study courses.

University of Phoenix

Colorado Springs Downtown Campus: 2 N. Cascade Ave., #100, 527-9000, 866/766-0766

phoenix.edu

Student pop.: 2,500

In October 2012, the University of Phoenix closed five sites in Colorado, leaving one of the remaining three locations in downtown Colorado Springs. This "phasing out" process has been characterized by a shift to online learning, but did not have any impact on students or business, says spokesman Alex Clark. The move from the previous Circle Drive location to the current downtown site has enabled increased accessibility for people in the area. The university has continued to help "working adults remove the barriers to furthering their education," with flexible, convenient degree programs and small class sizes. It offers a range of degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in human services, psychology, business, education, and criminal justice and security.

University of the Rockies

555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 442-0505, 866/621-0124

rockies.edu

Student pop.: 180

Founded in 1998 as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology in Colorado Springs, the name was changed in 2007. Located in the old Santa Fe train station downtown, the small private school consists of the School of Professional Psychology and the School of Organizational Leadership. It offers both master's and doctoral degree programs in social and behavioral sciences. This year, the school introduced three new degree programs: the Master of Arts in Education, the Doctor of Philosophy in Education and the Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services. Programs are also available at the downtown Denver instructional site and online. The university offers military grants that provide reduced tuition and textbooks, and waive the tech services fee, and has extended the program to include not only active duty military, but also military spouses, National Guard and reservists.

Webster University

5475 Tech Center Drive, #110, 590-7340

Fort Carson: 4900 Ellis Street, Building 1117, Room 115, 590-7340

Peterson Air Force Base: 201 W. Stewart Ave., Building 1171, #106, 574-7562

Schriever Air Force Base: 300 O'Malley Ave., Building 210, #310, 574-7562

United States Air Force Academy: 5136 P. Drive, Community Center, Library, 590-7340

webster.edu/coloradosprings

Student pop.: 2,500

For 40 years, Webster University and the U.S. Department of Defense have teamed up to provide "high-quality, cost-effective graduate programs at military installations." With accommodating courses and locations, Webster seeks to personalize any education around specific schedules and needs. In doing so, the hope is to ensure a "positive experience that advances your career" while working full-time or actively serving in the military. Webster has been recognized as a leader in global education for more than 30 years, ranked among the "Best Colleges" in U.S. News & World Report this year. The Springs' campus continues to offer a plethora of bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as online programs

Art schools

Bemis School of Art

818 Pelham Place, 475-2444

bemisartschool.org

A nonprofit, affiliated with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Bemis School of Art has "inspired and instructed thousands of aspiring artists." With new semesters beginning each January, June and September, Bemis offers courses for all ages and skill levels, including drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, mosaic and jewelry-making and more. "Experienced artists and art instructors, large studios and limited class size create a motivational and supportive environment in which each student may explore his or her creative potential." Artwork from the school has even permeated into the community. According to their Facebook page, Bemis students in the Nueva Ventura program have created a mural now on display at what used to be, Wasson High School, now an educational hub. Also, Bemis' Military Artistic Healing students will soon have their work exhibited at UCCS and the Air Force Academy's Hospital. Select programs at Bemis are eligible for credit through the Extended Studies Program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Cottonwood Center for the Arts

427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899

cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com

Located in eastern downtown Colorado Springs, Cottonwood is an artistic hub for the community, with over 90 studio artists. "Our most important goal right now is to encourage growth among our artists, staff and community to establish Colorado Springs as a more significant center for art in the region," says Jon Khoury, executive director. And, since 1997, they've been doing just that and then some. Focusing on community, Cottonwood works hand in hand with trauma survivors, PTSD patients, veterans and high school students (adducefoundation.org). It offers a variety of classes for all skill levels: watercolor, pottery, clay, bead-making, painting, stained glass, light-throwing, and 3D painting on glass, to name a few. In February, Cottonwood received the "Education Champion" award from Colorado Springs PrideFest.

Sheppard Art Institute

4476 Seton Hall Road, 282-2706

sheppardartinstitute.org

As a nonprofit organization, the Sheppard Art Institute's mission is to teach those who may not have not had an opportunity to study art and culture, but have a desire to learn. Celebrating 15 years, it has been dedicated to offering low-cost tuition, drawing from a pool of entirely volunteer instructors. SAI offers courses in drawing, pastel, watercolor batik, oil and acrylic painting, and watercolor, with classes held at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Colorado Springs and the Mission Art Center.

Beauty schools

International Salon and Spa Academy

5707 N. Academy Blvd., 597-1413

csbeautyschools.com

Since 1971, the nationally accredited International Salon and Spa Academy has offered full- and part-time programs in cosmetology, barbering, hairstyling, nail technology and esthetics. In February, Sunny Sadowski, licensed cosmetologist, took on the role of Salon and Spa supervisor. So far, the teamwork and unity of the school has been her favorite part, she says. ISSA also welcomed professional makeup artist and adjunct faculty, Heather Baker, who will provide monthly makeup instruction and demonstrations. ISSA provides financial aid as well as scholarships for those who qualify, and is approved for the training of veterans.

Paul Mitchell The School

118 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1426

paulmitchell.edu

Paul Mitchell The School teaches you the "skills you'll need to explore your passion and creativity, and help you learn the business that will make your career in the beauty industry fun and rewarding." It offers programs in cosmetology, nail care, skin care and barbering, as well as a teacher licensure program. One student at the Springs location had this to say via their Facebook page: "The environment is so friendly and positive that it really keeps you motivated to keep learning. They give me everything I need and more to better myself." According to the website, students move through classroom and hands-on instruction via three educational phases: core, adaptive and creative.

The Salon Professional Academy

4388 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 266-9400

thesalonprofessionalacademycoloradosprings.com

The academy offers courses in cosmetology, esthetics and nail technology, with a Redken-supported cosmetology program. Its instruction relies on up-to-date training programs, small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities and creative educators.

Toni&Guy

5125 N. Academy Blvd., 390-9898

coloradosprings.toniguy.edu

Celebrating 25 years in operation, Toni&Guy is now offering part-time programs, in addition to its two full-time programs: cosmetology, which takes 12 months, and hairstyling, which takes 10. "Committed to cutting-edge cosmetology and beauty industry innovation, our beauty schools turn talented students into industry-ready hairstylists," according to their website. Advanced training for already-licensed stylists is also available.

Bodywork schools

Note: If you are interested in becoming a yoga instructor, search for registered teacher-trainings in Colorado Springs at yogaalliance.org/Directory.

Collinson Massage School

2163 N. Academy Blvd., 310-9297

collinsonmassageschool.com

Offering coursework in Swedish massage, introduction to sports massage, hydrotherapy, licensing/registration, business, infant and prenatal massage and national exam preparation, Collinson Massage School's classes begin in April and October. Students are credited 21 hours each week for self-study of the anatomy and physiology portion of the program, completion of a mentorship, and required client massages. According to the website, they also frequently offer classes in aromatherapy, meditation, reflexology, Reiki, yoga and nutrition.

Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy

1490 W. Fillmore St., 634-7347

cimt.edu

For over 28 years, the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy has offered a medically based, nationally accredited massage therapy program, says director Roger Patrizio. "I attended the school in 1989 and am still in practice. It was one of the best decisions I made for my life and future," he adds. You can choose the Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapy certification program (with 850 diploma hours lasting 11½ months), or the Essential Massage Therapy certification program (550 diploma hours, 8½ months). CIMT is the only school in the state to include International Academy of Neuromuscular Therapy (IANMT) certification in the curriculum. The school boasts a free monthly introduction workshop as well.

National Personal Training Institute of Colorado

4305 Beverly St., 303/238-9999, 877/215-2643

personaltraininginstitute.edu

Accredited by NCA CASI/AdvancED, the "National Personal Training Institute is committed to providing the best possible personal training education and practical experience." Offering students a 30-week program with more than 1,000 hours of hands-on experience, it includes classroom instruction, muscle practicals, case studies, CPR/AED certification and more. "NPTI Colorado put me leagues ahead of other trainees that I worked with, not just with training know-how, but with the legal know-how that goes along with it," says one graduate.

Food/beverage schools

Bartending Academy

6551 N. Academy Blvd., 578-5777

bartendingacademycos.com

As Colorado's first bartending school, the Bartending Academy offers what it describes as the "most cutting edge, complete and affordable mixology program available anywhere in the U.S." This flexible 40-hour course involves hands-on training in four-hour increments for two weeks, or eight-hour increments for one week, with classes on the weekends, in the afternoon or in the evening. There are on average five to six students per week at the academy, which reports an 80 percent job-placement rate. TIPS certification course is also available as it is often a requirement for employment based on local laws and regulations.

Paragon Culinary School

4595 Hilton Pkwy., 578-574

paragonculinaryschool.org

A "unique and one-of-a-kind education for anyone who has a true passion for food and learning from the best to be the best," this three-year culinary program includes nine classes of hands-on curriculum. Founded by chef Victor Matthews, of Black Bear Restaurant fame, Paragon runs on a trimester schedule with classes beginning in August, November and March. It offers classes in world cuisine, baking and pastry, advanced management/restaurateur, advanced cookery, advanced pastry and more.

Leadership/management schools

Air Academy Associates

1650 Telstar Drive, #110, 531-0777

airacad.com

Having trained 81,060 students worldwide, Air Academy Associates is "a leader in providing continuous and breakthrough improvement methods to industry through consulting and training services, e-learning solutions, textbooks, training aids and software." For more than 20 years, the Colorado Springs branch has offered multiple training sessions in Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, Innovation, Design for Six Sigma, Reliability and Systems Engineering.

Center for Creative Leadership

850 Leader Way, 633-3891

ccl.org

The Center for Creative Leadership focuses on individual development, team performance, organizational transformation, societal advancement, and leadership research and resources. For more than 40 years, programs at the Colorado Springs campus have helped unlock clients' leadership potential with the most effective means of implementing practical change on both the individual and organizational level. "CCL can help individuals and organizations across the private, public, nonprofit and education sectors enhance their capacity for leadership," says CCL president John Ryan.

LeaderQuest

2790 N. Academy Blvd., 596-4545

leaderquestonline.com

For over 10 years, LeaderQuest has provided IT and management training solutions in the corporate, government and education sectors. The local branch offers training for business leaders including courses in Adobe, Citrix and Cisco, as well as career certifications and more. It has provided learning solutions for major companies such as ADT, University of Colorado at Denver, Western Union and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to name a few. LeaderQuest also works with military installations in the Springs to bring leadership solutions to its personnel. CompTIA courses are available monthly.

Other schools

A-Cent Aviation

1945 Aviation Way, 573-2236

a-centaviation.com

As "Colorado Springs' No. 1 Flight Training Facility," the certified school offers Federal Aviation Regulations Part 61 and 141 for those seeking pilot certification. Utilizing FAA-certified instructors, Part 141 training can qualify for Veterans Affairs reimbursement. According to Dan Skinner, 98 percent of their students pass their FAA written test on the first attempt and 95 percent pass their flight checks on the first try.

Barnett Bicycle Institute

2725 Ore Mill Road, 632-5173

bbinstitute.com

Offering classes in bicycle mechanics and materials for bicycle repair shops, Barnett Bicycle Institute believes in a scientific approach, eliminating guesswork, subjective "feel" and memorization. Founded by John Barnett in 1986, classes range from five to 26 days, with approximately 16 students per class. Upon program completion, the institute will assist with job placement and referrals to bike shops around the country. With five levels of learning: "see it, hear it, read it, do it and share it," the school prides itself on setting the national standard for bicycle mechanics, providing high-quality assistance and training.

First Ascent Mountain School

1812 W. Colorado Ave., 304-6677

firstascentmountainschool.com

First Ascent Mountain School, which received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor in 2013, teaches those seeking to become AMGA Single Pitch instructors how to safely climb rocks and mountains all along the Front Range. Guides and instructors at the school hold an assortment of certifications, including those reflecting multiple levels of avalanche training, Wilderness First Aid, and Wilderness First Responder.

Springs Truck Driving School and CDL Testing

890 Dublin Blvd., Suite B, 338-1550

springstruckdrivingschool.com

Offering a thorough hands-on approach, Springs Truck Driving School's program "meets or exceeds" Professional Truck Driving Institute standards. With one-on-one attention to increase confidence and knowledge, "STDS is quickly becoming a trusted name in Colorado for commercial training." Upon completion of the program, students receive a Class A commercial driver's license as well as job-placement assistance.

Continuing education

LearningRx Training Center

7075 Campus Drive, #202, 550-8263

5085 List Drive, 264-8808

1130 Lake Plaza Drive, 527-0033

learningrx.com

As a "successful nationwide network of brain training centers," LearningRx is dedicated to helping people of all ages "learn faster, easier and better." In 1985, founder Dr. Ken Gibson, who struggled with reading all throughout his schooling, made it his life's mission to help others with similar challenges. Backed by research on the brain and learning, the program works with those with ADHD and learning problems, as well as college students, seniors, career-building adults, and traumatic brain injury victims. Through cognitive skills training, LearningRx works to strengthen the brain's core mental abilities such as processing speed, attention, memory, auditory and visual processing, and reasoning.

Pikes Peak Library District

Various locations, 531-6333

ppld.org/classes

Now with over 500 online continuing education courses, the Pikes Peak Library District continues to offer free on-site classes ranging from computer basics and skills for 55-plus to yoga and tai chi classes. Language courses, such as Spanish, German and French are also available. Check the website for a calendar of classes, and to see what each branch offers. Space is limited, so don't forget to register.

PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning

202 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite I, 633-4991

visitpillar.org

"Offering enrichment through lifelong learning," PILLAR is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of classes and activities for all ages. These include classes in the arts, literature, history, legal and financial affairs and philosophy. "We are looking forward to new 2014 opportunities through supportive partnerships and sponsors, continuing high quality of classes, instructor expertise and experience in a wide range of relevant topics," say interim executive co-directors, Beth Campbell and Shannon Rogers. PILLAR continues to offer individual classes and full courses, with some on weekends.

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Academy of Lifelong Learning

1861 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., #100, 255-3498

uccs.edu/~extendedstudies/lifelonglearning.html

Also called Listening In, UCCS' Academy of Lifelong Learning reaches out to those 55 or older to provide over 100 courses each semester (on a space-available basis) in a program run by the Extended Studies program across the street from the main campus. The per-credit-hour fee is only $30, and online courses are even cheaper. Apply online.

Online colleges

Colorado Community Colleges Online

ccconline.org

"Preparing students for life through academic quality and instructional innovation in an online learning environment," CCConline is an extension of the Colorado Community College system's 13 schools across the state. It offers fully accredited Associate of Arts Degrees, Associate of Applied Sciences Degrees and various certificates.

ed2go

ed2go.com

ed2go offers over 250 online personal enrichment and professional courses. Courses are taught by expert instructors, many of which are nationally known authors, and you can choose from a network of more than 1,800 top colleges and universities around the world.

Resources: School, testing & scholarship information

Affordable Colleges Foundation

affordablecollegesonline.org

The foundation offers a no-cost guide, highlighting campus and online programs, meant to help students understand the financial aid process and opportunities.

The College Board

collegeboard.org

The College Board's main offerings are college readiness programs, the SAT and advanced placement testing, but they also provide tools that help you find the right school and pay for it, and plan your career.

College in Colorado

secure.collegeincolorado.org

Created for Colorado's Department of Higher Education, this site offers parents and students "everything they need to know about career exploration and planning, selecting high school courses, choosing and applying to colleges, obtaining financial aid and getting ready to take the SAT, ACT or GRE tests."

College Navigator

nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator

Search public and private schools — both for-profit and nonprofit — by location, your area of interest, affordability and value.

College Opportunity Fund

cof.college-assist.org

Free money! Do we have your attention? Good. The Opportunity Fund offers tuition stipends to undergraduates who are Colorado residents. Apply online.

College, College Scholarships, & Online Degrees

college-scholarships.com

Here you are matched up with information on colleges and universities throughout the country, online degrees and programs, scholarships and financial aid. The site even supplies tips for getting along with a ratty roommate.

Colorado Trade Schools, Colleges & Universities

trade-schools.net/locations/colorado-schools-directory.asp

This is an index of Colorado's trade and technical schools. You can find out what each school offers, and request additional information about programs that interest you.

Fast Web

fastweb.com

Fast Web maintains a "massive" database of colleges, scholarships, financial aid and career-planning information.

FinAid

finaid.org

With searchable scholarships, loans, savings plans and aid for the military-minded, FinAid is an award-winning site that offers help for any student looking into financial aid for college.

GRE

ets.org/gre

Taking the GRE is an admission requirement for most graduate programs. This is the site that helps you prepare and register for the test.

LULAC Educational Service Center

829 N. Circle Drive, #101, 637-0037

lnesc.org

The League of United Latin American Citizens is, among its other missions, dedicated to increasing education opportunities for Hispanic Americans through providing scholarships, counseling, mentorships and literacy programs.

MAT

milleranalogies.com

Like the GRE, the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is sometimes required of grad-school applicants.

Office of Postsecondary Education

ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

Questioning the accreditation of a school you're thinking of attending? Check it out here.

Public Health Online

publichealthonline.org/scholarships-and-grants/

A guide to scholarships for those pursuing an education in public health.

QuestBridge

questbridge.org

Low-income students who are academically exceptional can use QuestBridge — an "aggregator of excellence" — to link with major universities and scholarship providers.

U.S. News & World Report

usnews.com/education

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and graduate schools, and provides information and news about education in the U.S. and abroad. For example, this site will help you learn what schools will put you in the most and least debt, and which schools excel in certain areas.

Choosing a career

Bureau of Labor Statistics

bls.gov

Before you choose a major or career path, consider stopping here for job and wage trends, and salary statistics for your state and job area.

Education Portal

education-portal.com/pages/Career_Field_and_Degree_Program_Videos.html

This career-counseling resource for students and recent grads offers practical advice on job interviewing, creating a résumé, networking, etc.

eHow Money: Job Search and Employment

ehow.com/job-search-and-employment

Finding a job in an up-and-down economy can be difficult; keeping it can be, too. eHow Money gives you tips on doing both, providing information and essentials on jobs and employment practices.

MyMajors

mymajors.com

If you are unsure about which college major to pursue, take a test that will recommend areas for you. Also find info about school and careers.

Pikes Peak Workforce Center

1675 Garden of the Gods Road, 667-3700

ppwfc.org

PPWC provides training on how to find a job, with programs in interviewing, career planning and more. Check its website for dates for workshops and hiring events.

International study

Abroad101

studyabroad101.com

Ever thought about studying in another country? This site allows you to search by locations and programs, and to read student reviews thereof.

International Scholarships

internationalscholarships.com

A resource for those who want to finance their studies abroad, including information on scholarships, fellowships and loans.

IEFA

iefa.org

Another financial-aid resource for those who wish to study abroad.

Institute of International Education

iie.org/Students/Tabs/US/IIEPassport

IIE's goal: Opening Minds to the World. Their site offers detailed program listings and financial resources for students seeking international academic adventures.

U.S. News & World Report

usnews.com/education/worlds-best-universities-rankings

International study programs ranked by region and subject area.

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