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Career Advance Colorado

Zero-Cost Training For In-Demand Jobs

Colorado needs qualified workers to fill essential roles in high-demand industries. The Career Advance Colorado program provides zero-cost, short-term training at Aims Community College, offering you a clear path to employment or to earning a degree with limited debt. 

Get free training to prepare you for essential jobs across a variety of industries that help support and sustain a thriving society. This significant investment by the state of Colorado helps ensure that these critical positions are filled by qualified individuals.

To qualify for funding, all Career Advance Colorado applicants must apply for federal (FAFSA) and/or state (CAFSA) financial aid. Once accepted into the program, you will earn a certificate in one year or less or an associate degree in two years or less. 

Gain hands-on experience and learn the skills to prepare you for positions in: 

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

About Career Advance Colorado

Career Advance Colorado logo, green text with a circle icon depicting blue sky and green trees or mountainsCareer 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.