February 14, 2022 (Denver, CO) – For a second year in a row, Governor Polis declared the third week of February as “Concurrent Enrollment Week in Colorado” today to encourage more students to take tuition-free college courses in high school. The largest provider of Concurrent Enrollment in the state, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is once again coordinating a month-long awareness campaign to showcase the benefits of the program and encourage students to sign up as they plan for fall semester. Watch Governor Polis’s message to students.
Concurrent Enrollment, launched by the Colorado state legislature in 2009, allows high school students to take tuition-free, college-level courses that count toward their high school diploma and an associate degree or certificate. Starting as early as 9th grade, high school students enrolled in a public school, charter school, or board of cooperative services (BOCES) can participate if they meet district-specific criteria. Students may be required to pay for textbooks or additional course materials, but these costs are usually covered by the school district.
Concurrent Enrollment is a great way for students to build momentum toward college
Since the launch of the program, CCCS’s 13 colleges have become the state’s largest provider of Concurrent Enrollment, serving over 33,000 students, awarding more than 2,600 college credentials, and saving nearly $40 million in tuition costs each year. Students who take Concurrent Enrollment courses are more likely to continue their education and earn higher wages within five years than their peers, according to a CCCS report.
“I 100 percent recommend it,” said Joseline Echeverria, a Concurrent Enrollment student. “This is a way you can try out college classes, and it also saves you money and prepares you for the next step.”
To learn more about Concurrent Enrollment and how to register, visit CCCS’ Concurrent Enrollment webpage. There, educators and partners can download promotional resources—including social media posts, flyers, posters and more—to raise awareness in their schools.
About the Colorado Community College System
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, delivering more than 1,000 programs to over 125,000 students annually through 13 colleges and 38 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support to the colleges under the direction of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). Join us in changing the way Colorado goes to college. Learn more at www.cccs.edu.