Career Advance Colorado

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Zero-Cost Training for In-Demand Jobs

Ready for a career change? Take the first step with Colorado Northwestern Community College and Career Advance Colorado! Thanks to this state program, you can get free training in rewarding fields that move Colorado forward.

How does it work?

Starting in August 2023, students who enroll in one of the following training programs may have their tuition, fees, course materials, and other costs covered while funding is available:

1. Early Childhood Education - Early Childhood Teacher Certification
2. Early Childhood Education - Director Certification
3. Early Childhood Education - Early Childhood Assistant Teacher Certification
4. NPS Seasonal Park Ranger Academy Certificate
5. NPS Seasonal Park Ranger  - Associate of Applied Science
6. Nursing - Associate of Applied Science
7. Early Childhood Education - Associate of Applied Science
8. Early Childhood Teacher Education - Associate of Arts
9. Elementary Teacher Education - Associate of Arts

To enroll, you must apply for federal and/or state financial aid and be a Colorado resident. Contact CNCC Financial Aid to discuss your options, financial aid, and application steps.

Jessica Wollman, Financial Aid Director
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 970.824-1125

More About Career Advance Colorado

Career Advance Colorado is funded through House Bill 23-1246, which dedicates $38.6 million to fully cover enrollment costs for training programs in sectors with significant workforce shortages. The bill was signed by Gov. Jared Polis in May 2023 and sponsored by Colorado House Speaker Julie McCluskie, Sens. Janet Buckner and Perry Will, and Rep. Rose Pugliese.

The program builds on the success of the Care Forward Colorado program, which has already trained thousands of Coloradans for entry-level healthcare positions. The Care Forward Colorado program will run concurrently with Career Advance Colorado as program funding is available.

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.