Zero-Cost Training Programs

Ready for a career change? Take the first step with Career Advance Colorado!

Through your local community or technical college, you can get free training in nursing, firefighting, and other rewarding fields that move Colorado forward. Starting in August 2023, students who enroll in one of the following training programs will have their tuition, fees, course materials, and other costs covered while funding is available:

  • Construction
  • Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Firefighting
  • Forestry
  • Law Enforcement
  • Nursing
Career Advance Colorado logo

To enroll, you must apply for federal and/or state financial aid. Contact your intended community or technical college to learn about program options, financial aid processes, and application steps.

Participating Colleges & Programs

Training programs and financial aid processes vary by College. Click the checkmarks below to learn more about these featured programs at each College website.

ConstructionEducationEarly ChildhoodFirefightingForestryLaw EnforcementNursing
Aims Community CollegeYesYesYesYesYesYes
Arapahoe Community CollegeYesYesYesYesYes
Colorado Mountain CollegeYesYesYesYesYes
CMU TechYesYesYesYesYes
Colorado Northwestern Community CollegeYesYesYesYes
Community College of AuroraYesYesYesYes
Community College of DenverYesYesYes
Emily Griffith Technical CollegeYesYes
Front Range Community CollegeYesYesYesYesYes
Lamar Community CollegeYesYesYes
Morgan Community CollegeYesYesYesYes
Northeastern Junior CollegeYesYesYesYes
Otero CollegeYesYesYesYes
Pickens Technical CollegeYesYes
Pikes Peak State CollegeYesYesYesYes
Pueblo Community CollegeYesYesYesYesYes
Red Rocks Community CollegeYesYesYesYes
Trinidad State CollegeYesYesYesYesYes
ConstructionEducationEarly ChildhoodFirefightingForestryLaw EnforcementNursing

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 while program funding is available.