Career Advance Colorado

Zero-Cost Training for In Demand Jobs

The Career Advance Colorado program provides free training for in-demand jobs through the Community College of Aurora (CCA). These programs prepare students for fulfilling real world careers after graduation. Eligible CCA programs include:

  • Construction Superintendent Certificate
  • Associate of Arts – Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Arts – Elementary Education
  • Fundamentals of Fire Science Certificate
  • Fire Science Technology Certificate
  • Law Enforcement Academy Certificate

Beginning in August 2023, students who enroll in qualifying programs will have tuition, fees, course materials, and other costs completely covered while program funding is available. Students must apply for federal and/or state financial aid to enroll in a Career Advance Colorado program. Prospective students should contact their intended community or technical college to discuss program options, financial aid processes, and application steps. Read more about the program HERE.


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

Career Advance Colorado is funded through House Bill 23-1246, which dedicates $38.6 million to fully cover tuition, fees, and course materials costs for training programs in select fields with significant workforce shortages.