Colorado’s largest
higher education system

Facts & Figures

CCCS Statutory Mission

  • Open Access – We admit anyone who wants to attend college and re-imagine a more prosperous future. Our colleges are “student-ready” – providing support services and pathways for all types of learners to earn a credential, degree, or transfer to a four year college. CCCS is the largest system of higher education in the state, serving approximately 121,000 students in academic year 2019.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) – In 2019, approximately 23,400 CTE certificates and degrees were awarded to post-secondary students at our 13 colleges and 2,560 to secondary students. 37,000 post-secondary students were enrolled in CTE programs at our colleges. The total number of secondary students enrolled in high school CTE programs was approximately 146,000.
  • Transfer – Over the course of a year concluding in Fall 2019, 19,000 of our students transferred to public and private four-year colleges and universities.
  • Workforce Development – As of academic year 2019, over 450 customized trainings for 4,000 new and incumbent workers were implemented. Community colleges train more than half of the state’s nurses and more than 90% of the first responders.
  • Concurrent Enrollment – In 2018-19, CCCS colleges served 30,000 high school students in undergraduate courses, creating pathways from high school into higher education. A total of 2,560 college credentials were awarded to concurrent enrollment students in high school in academic year 2019. We saved students and their families $35 million through this program in 2018-19.
  • Bachelor's Degrees – CCCS colleges offer Bachelor's degrees in a growing number of specific disciplines designed to enhance graduates’ employment opportunities.
    Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Emergency Service Administration
    • Radiologic Technology
    • Water Quality Management
    • Geospatial Science
    • Secure Software Development
    • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Advanced Paramedic Practitioner
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Master’s Degree – Red Rocks Community College is the only community college in the United States to offer a master’s degree in its Physician Assistant Program.

CCCS Funding

State General Funds FY 2017-18 Final Revenue FY 2018-19 Final Revenue
Colorado Technical Act $26,164,481 $26,675,279
Industry Training (CJT/EIT) $4,500,000 $4,500,000
Career and Technical Education (Occed) $900,000 $900,000
Fee for Service Contract $52,506,315 $58,678,717
COF Stipend $101,202,900 $113,393,329
Other Revenue Sources FY 2017-18 Final Revenue FY 2018-19 Final Revenue
Carl Perkins Grant (Federal $) $16,279,540 $18,865,919
Tuition $273,007,134 $276,725,856
Mandatory Student Fees $19,358,333 $19,512,976
Amendment 50 $8,843,987 $10,904,253
TOTAL $502,762,690 $530,156,329
*Note These funds are passed on to the K-12 school district and are not included in the CCCS total funding line.