Zero-Cost Training for In-Demand Jobs

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.

How Does It Work?

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:

  1. Construction
  2. Education
  3. Early Childhood Education
  4. Firefighting
  5. Forestry
  6. Law Enforcement
  7. Nursing

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.

Find a Participating College

Because training programs and financial aid processes will vary, prospective students should contact their intended college to discuss their options. Find participating colleges and programs below.

Explore an Employer Partnership

CCCS is committed to working with business and industry to respond to community needs. If you would like to explore a partnership opportunity or have questions about Career Advance Colorado, send us a message.

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.

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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.

Interested in More Healthcare Careers?

The state’s Care Forward Colorado program covers all costs for short-term healthcare training programs, like certified nursing and phlebotomy. Learn more.