Women and men, young and old, pack into classrooms with eager anticipation. They are back in class, taking charge of their unfortunate situations by educating themselves on today's technology.
"These classes are filled immediately," Jdell Garner said. "I have been on the waiting list for the Excel courses for months hoping to get in and it worked."
Garner used to work in automotive sales but lost his job months ago. Instead of searching the Internet for job openings, Garner went a step farther and walked right into his local workforce center.
"They helped me build my resume, draft cover letters and brush up on my computer skills," Garner said.
"It has been great to have the help."
That help is offered at workforce centers across Colorado free of charge.
Day 2: COMMUNITY COLLEGES - They are the largest, fastest-growing system of higher education in Colorado. And these days, they are bursting at the seams with eager students heading back to school.
Colorado's community college system has added nearly 41,000 students in the last four years and currently serves more than 162,000 students statewide at the 13 colleges in the system.
Community colleges are very flexible to meet the needs of students who register because of a layoff or need to polish up their skills. The colleges have compressed classes so a student can get a degree or certificate quicker, huge online offerings and night and weekend classes.
"If a student gets a degree at a community college, their earnings increase a minimum of 32 percent and up to 100 percent if they earn a degree in the health-sciences field, where half our degrees are awarded," Community Colleges of Colorado President Dr. Nancy McCallin said.
Tuition is affordable at $3,176 for a full-time load of 30 credits and 94 percent of community college students are Colorado residents.
To learn more about your nearest community college visit: http://www.coloradocommunitycolleges.com
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