Founded in 1969
FRONT RANGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, the largest community college in Colorado, has one focus: Successful Students, Successful Communities. FRCC enrolls more than 30,000 students annually at four sites and online for career/technical programs and guaranteed-transfer degrees. In addition, FRCC’s Workforce Solutions department trains about 5,000 people working in northern Colorado every year through customized corporate programs. Thousands of others take advantage of continuing education classes.
President: Andrew Dorsey
Andy Dorsey has been President of Front Range Community College since 2009, after serving 14 years as faculty, dean, and vice president. During his tenure, FRCC has strengthened partnerships with businesses and K-12 education. Those efforts led to a $10 million federal grant to develop advanced manufacturing programs and a $4.7 million grant to train workers in information technology. FRCC was the first site in Colorado for Gateway to College, a program that has supported more than 300 dropouts to diplomas and college credit. FRCC also has two of the state’s three P-TECH programs, which partner high school students (St. Vrain Valley, Adams 12) with industry (IBM, Level 3 Communications), leading to a high school diploma and college degree, with paid internships and job interviews along the way. Dorsey has a B.A. (magna cum laude) in economics from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an M.A. from Lesley College.
Points of Pride:
- FRCC and transfer partner Colorado State University are among six “high-performing community colleges and universities” nationwide profiled in The Transfer Playbook from the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and the Community College Research Center.
- FRCC is one of 30 community colleges in the country accepted into the Pathways Project of the American Association of Community Colleges. With funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this three-year project focuses improving student completion rates through a structured redesign of student support services. Other partners in the grant are Achieving the Dream; The Aspen Institute; Center for Community College Student Engagement; Community College Research Center; Jobs for the Future; The National Center for Inquiry and Improvement; and Public Agenda.
- Diverse: Issues in Higher Education named FRCC to its list of Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges in 2016. Joining the magazine in citing nine colleges in the country was NISOD, a community-college support organization. The “promising practices” of the awardees included a demonstrated commitment to access and student success; recognition for good work; intentional focus on meeting the needs of its local community and region; institutional support for continuous improvement and innovation; professional investment in the development of faculty and staff; and institutional and practical support of work-life balance.
- New programs respond to industry needs: Surgical Technology, Cybersecurity and Cloud Networking, Recording Arts Technology, Logistics and Patient Care Technician opened recently. Geographic Information Systems, formerly a certificate program, has expanded to an Associate of Applied Science in Geospatial Science. In 2017-18, the college will open a Law Enforcement Academy, Licensed Practical Nursing, and two new Medical Assisting programs.
- FRCC is the lead college in a Colorado consortium that was awarded a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop a pipeline of skilled manufacturing workers. FRCC’s portion of the grant – about $10 million – created a Machining and Advanced Manufacturing Program at an Advanced Technology Center in Longmont; oversaw several system wide projects, including improving our credit for prior learning process; and allowed for grant administration. The program is called CHAMP – Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program.
- An FRCC student who transferred to Colorado State University has been awarded a CSU Energy Institute Undergraduate Fellowship to continue the pioneering research he began in a special FRCC-CSU partnership called Bridges to Baccalaureate. Andrew Candia discovered new semiconducting materials for photovoltaics during his Bridges to Baccalaureate summer research. Andrew graduated from FRCC with an Associate of Science degree. He is a chemistry major at CSU. Bridges to Baccalaureate is part of a larger National Institute of Health-funded grant to Colorado State University that could send hundreds of Larimer Campus students as transfer students for bachelor’s degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences fields.
- A $380,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to FRCC as part of a larger grant to a university-governed consortium called UNAVCO is providing paid internships to students interested in the geosciences. UNAVCO, the NSF geodetic facility, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. Geodesy is the science of accurately measuring and understanding Earth’s shape, orientation in space, and gravity field.A total of 2,002 associate degrees and 2,666 certificates were awarded in AY 2015-16.
- A total of 18 career/technical programs have accreditations from their respective accrediting
Academic Year 2016 Headcount Enrollment: 27,728
Fall 2017 Instruction
- Full-time Faculty: 241 – 21.4%
- Adjunct Instructors: 884 – 78.6%
Companies/Organizations Receiving Workforce Development Training from Front Range Community College Include:
- Adolfson & Peterson All
- Aqua-Hot Heating Systems, Inc.
- CA Technologies
- City of Thornton
- Colorado Dept. of Transportation
- Design Metal Manufacturing
- Digital First Media
- Encompass Technologies
- Forney Industries
- Giant Interactive
- Hewlett Packard
- Moyer Machine and Tool LLC
- Owens Corning
- Sears Trostel Lumber Co.
- Spirax Sarco
- This Efficient House
- Triple Crown Sports
Statistical information for this fact sheet from the FRCC Office of Institutional Research