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Career Advance Colorado Funding Provides Free Educational Opportunities at Aims Community College

This summer, the State of Colorado launched  Career Advance Colorado, a workforce development initiative providing free training for in-demand jobs at community and technical colleges, including Aims Community College. The program aspires to prepare more than 20,000 Coloradans for high-skill careers while responding to the state’s most critical workforce shortages.

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Starting in August 2023, students enrolling in qualifying programs will have tuition, fees, course materials and other costs covered while program funding is available. All Career Advance Colorado applicants must apply for financial aid to qualify for funding. Once accepted into the program, a student can earn a certificate in one year or less or an associate degree in two years or less. 

Programs at Aims that qualify for funding include: 

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  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Firefighting
  • Law Enforcement
  • Nursing

Aims offers flexible program options to fit a variety of lifestyles and schedules. Some associate degrees also transfer to a four-year college or university for students to earn a bachelor’s degree with the first two years at Aims, paid for by this program.

Nursing Student practicing on mannequin Career Advance Colorado builds off the success of the state’s Care Forward Colorado program, which continues to fully cover student costs for short-term healthcare training programs while program funding exists.

“We’re excited to save Coloradans money and train people for good-paying jobs by offering free community college education for in-demand positions at the state’s 19 community and technical colleges. We know this will work thanks to the success of Care Forward Colorado, and we’re happy to continue leading the way forward on innovative solutions to our workforce challenges,” said Governor Jared Polis.

Visit to explore qualifying programs at Aims and the steps you need to apply.