why community college?

Community College

To further your career.

The percent growth in employment for an associate-degree graduate between 2010 and 2020 is higher than any other education category – 23.7 percent. And the median wage measured in May 2010 was $57,180.

Community college prepares you for occupations with tremendous job growth potential – registered nurse, computer support specialist, legal assistant, veterinary technologist, and many others. Right now, the U.S. needs one million more nurses and 479,000 more elementary and secondary school teachers.

Did you know that almost half of all teachers receive at least part of their education at a community college? About 80 percent of first responders – EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement professionals – are credentialed at community colleges.

FRCC has the programs you need to further your career.

To start your education.

About 44 percent of all U.S. undergraduates are enrolled in community colleges. And nearly two-thirds of all entering community college students intend to transfer to a four-year institution. Today, about half of all baccalaureate degree recipients in the U.S. first attended a community college.

  • FRCC is the largest community college in Colorado, with more than 31,000 students at three campuses and one learning center.
  • As much as 20 percent of a May graduating class from a high school in FRCC’s service area will enroll at FRCC in August.

More than half of all Hispanics and Native Americans in college today are enrolled in community colleges. More than one-third of all first-generation college students are enrolled in community colleges, as are four in 10 first-time freshmen.

  • In spring 2011, the latest semester available for statistical analysis, 20 percent of FRCC’s students reported ethnic minority status.

To save thousands of dollars.

Based on FRCC’s 2013 tuition rate and an average rate from among five Colorado four-year schools, you will save more than $10,000 by completing two years at FRCC and then transferring to a four-year school. Billions of dollars in federal and state financial aid are available, too—in fact, 44 percent of FRCC students receive some type of financial aid.

  • With guaranteed transfer to Colorado’s public colleges and universities, you can reduce your overall tuition costs and still reach your goal of a four-year degree. In 2010, more than 1,500 FRCC students transferred to a Colorado four-year school. FRCC is the No. 1 transfer institution for Colorado State University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado-Boulder.
  • FRCC has a special transfer agreement with Regis University that allows FRCC students studying accounting, business administration, computer information systems, computer networking, computer science, or human resources management to take three years of credits at FRCC, at FRCC tuition, and their fourth year at Regis – a tremendous savings, plus the value of a Regis degree. And in 2012, Regis expanded this “3+1” program to all Associate of Applied Science degrees.
  • FRCC also has a special transfer agreement with the Colorado School of Mines.

To increase your earning potential.

  • Community college graduates make $150 per week more than high school graduates and have an unemployment rate that is 2.6 percentage points less than that of high school graduates. 
  • In the latest survey of FRCC career/technical graduates within a year of their graduation, the graduates reported a median annual salary of $29,536.

To increase your LIFE potential.

Start your education at FRCC and we’ll help you reach your goals and fulfill your dreams. The same survey found:

  • 94% of respondents reported their program of study met their educational goals. 
  • 94% of all students felt FRCC prepared them “Well” or “Very Well” for continuing their educational programs. 
  • 50% of graduates are currently pursuing further education. 
  • 63% had taken a state licensing or industry certification test, with 98% of them passing. 
  • 76% of respondents were employed, with 45 percent in occupations related to their FRCC training. 
  • 60% of students reported their program of study enhanced their ability to get or keep their jobs.


To move forward.

Visit our Getting Started page to move forward with FRCC, today!


Statistics cited come from FRCC’s Office of Institutional Research, the American Association of Community Colleges, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards.