Career & College Planning

Helpful Links

Use the following links to navigate career and college planning

My Next Move: Explore key information about more than 900 career options

CAMA: Discover Future Careers: Different industries have different types of jobs and career opportunities. Find out more information what various positions entail.

Colorado Community College System (CCCS): The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education, with 13 colleges across Colorado serving more than 150,000 students annually.

College In Colorado:  Use this online resource to receive help with college advice, information on college admission applications, affording college, financial aid, scholarship opportunities and career planning.

College Invest: College Invest provides a variety of savings options to meet the needs of Colorado families, regardless of saving and investment preferences.

Community College Review: Community College Review provides free, detailed profiles of community colleges across the USA. The site lets you compare colleges within your state and learn more about how community colleges work.

Degree Within Reach: Degree Within Reach Community is the state of Colorado’s process that allows students who have transferred from a Colorado community college to a Colorado university to combine credits from both institutions and apply them towards an associate's degree. If you are a transfer student, this means you can earn the associate’s degree you started at your community college while still working toward your bachelor’s degree.

College Opportunity Fund: Did you know that Colorado pays a portion of undergraduate tuition? The College Opportunity Fund (COF),created by the Colorado Legislature, provides a stipend to eligible undergraduate students. The stipend pays a portion of your total in-state tuition when you attend a Colorado participating public institution or at participating private school. 

Front Range Community College:  FRCC is a Colorado Community College with campuses located in Westminster, Ft. Collins, Boulder, Longmont, Brighton and online.

Growing Industries in Adams County and Corresponding Degree/Certificate Programs
“Adams County is No. 3 in the nation for fastest job growth (at 6.4%).”—2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

*Please note that this listing does not provide a comprehensive list of all industry-specific degree or certificate programs available.

MANUFACTURING
Use these links to learn more about the opportunities and resources for pursuing a purposeful career in modern manufacturing.

Colorado Career Action Tools: Colorado is booming with jobs in Advanced Manufacturing. Use this website to navigate current job openings, available degree and certificate programs, salary ranges, and information on the skills and training necessary to pursue a career pathway in this growing industry.

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Training/Certificate Programs

Metro State University Department of Industrial Design:  Focuses on teaching the skills, knowledge, and dispositions required to facilitate product design for manufacturing industries.

Community College Denver:  Demand for machinists and machine operators is high. Fabrication welding careers are in demand as they are needed in all sorts of trades—from construction to the energy field. The fabrication welding associates of applied science degree can be applied towards a bachelor's degree.

Front Range Community College Machining Program: An NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) accredited program that meets rigorous national standards in the areas of administrative support, curriculum, equipment and tooling, industry engagement / advisory committee,

HEALTH
Use these links to learn more about the opportunities and resources for pursuing a purposeful career in health.

Training/Certificate Programs

Front Range Community College--A.A.S in Nursing and Certificate Program:  This program prepares students to practice as an entry-level registered nurse (RN) in a variety of health-care settings. With an A.A.S. degree in Nursing, you are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam for licensure as a RN.

Community College of Aurora--Health Sciences:  Health Sciences is a fast-growing industry and CCA has programs for students to earn a degree or certificate to be prepared to meet this demand.

Arapahoe Community College--Exercise Health Sciences:  Few disciplines can offer you as many academic and career opportunities as the Exercise Health Sciences Program! From health care, personal training, group exercise instruction, nutritional counseling and wellness coaching many careers require a basic understanding of anatomy, athletic training, sports nutrition, exercise psychology, and exercise testing and prescription along with critical- thinking and problem solving skills.

ENERGY
Use these links to learn more about the opportunities and resources for pursuing a purposeful career in energy.

Training/Certificate Programs

Ecotech Institute: Programs focus on preparing graduates for careers in the fields of renewable energy, sustainability, and energy efficiency.

Aims Community College: Aims Community College, in conjunction with the Department of Labor, is investing millions of dollars in building a state-of-the-art training facility to teach you the needed skills to become a part of the growing oil and gas industry.

Red Rocks Community College: Offers constructive programming and certificates.

University of Colorado Denver: Offers a Masters in Science program in Global Energy Management.

TRANSPORTATION LOGISTICS
Use these links to learn more about the opportunities and resources for pursuing a purposeful career in transportation logistics, one of Adams County's trademark industries.

Colorado Technical Institute BSBA Logistics and Supply Chain Management: CTU’s bachelor’s degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs for 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.

University of Denver--Transportation Management, Masters Program: This program prepares leaders and managers in the transportation, supply-chain management, and logistics industries to become increasingly agile, integrative, and collaborative in their approach while gaining an understanding of the broad range of transportation modes available to meet these challenges.

AVIATION & AEROSPACE
With Spaceport Colorado located at Front Range Airport and the developments of UAV's, Adams County is at the forefront of innovation in Aerospace and Aviation. Use these links to learn more about the opportunities and resources for pursuing a purposeful career in Aviation and Aerospace, one of Adams County's trademark industries.

Metropolitan State University--Aviation and Aerospace Science (Bachelor's Program): MSU's Aviation Department is one of the largest and most advanced collegiate aviation programs in the country offering a Bachelor of Science degree with a variety of majors and professional certifications designed to help you succeed in the exciting and rapidly evolving industries of aviation and aerospace.

Colorado State University, Boulder--Aerospace Engineering Sciences: Whether you’re interested in exploring space or want to use space technology to solve important problems closer to home, a degree in aerospace engineering will prepare you to make a difference by taking on the greatest of engineering challenges. This program offers a variety of degree programs.

BIOSCIENCE
Use these links to learn more about the opportunities and resources for pursuing a purposeful career in bioscience.

University of Northern Colorado Department of Biology: The biology B.S. program includes a core of common courses to provide students with a solid foundation in the diversity and cellular basis of life, structure and function, heredity and development, and how organisms interact with each other and with their environment.

University of Denver, Department of Biological Sciences: The Biological Sciences department at DU offers a variety of majors, including Biological Sciences (BS or BA), Molecular Biology (BS or BA), Ecology & Biodiversity (BS or BA) and Integrated Sciences (BA). These options reflect the diverse applications and career opportunities in the life sciences.

University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine--Computational Bioscience Program: The Computational Bioscience Program brings a pioneering new approach to computation that advances human health and the molecular understanding of life.

Skilled Trades
Use these links to learn more about the opportunities and resources for pursuing a purposeful career in the skilled trades.

Independent Electrical Contractor Rocky Mountain: For over 30 years, the Independent Electrical Contractors Rocky Mountain (IECRM) has been the leading electrical and renewable energy contractor association in Colorado.  Representing over 200 member companies responsible for $2B annually, and educating over 1,000 electrical apprentices and licensed electricians annually, IECRM is dedicated to educating, promoting, and advancing the electrical industry.

Colorado Skilled Trades Programs: Use this link to research schools in Colorado that offered Skilled Trades degree or certificate programs.