A concentration of brainpower

Aurora’s higher education and vocational training resources deliver programs responsive to specific business needs. These educational systems and active lifestyle ensure local businesses of an ample, highly skilled workforce.

State-funded employee training programs

Financial assistance programs from state and federal sources fund training costs for new and expanding companies. Local businesses have access to several state-sponsored employment and job training programs designed for any existing business or new firm coming to the state.

Dozens of institutions of higher learning

Aurora’s educational system is highly regarded, from elementary through vocational, two- and four-year colleges and universities. Throughout the metro area, 21 institutions offer baccalaureate degrees or higher and six colleges supply associate degrees. Many of these facilities feature non-traditional or adult education programs, including evening and weekend part-time tracks. 

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) integrates world-class education, research and patient care on one of the nation’s newest health sciences campuses. The campus combines interdisciplinary teaching, research and clinical facilities to prepare the region’s future health care professionals, provide the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals and be a national leader in life sciences research. Annually, CU Anschutz medical professionals educate 4,000 degree-seeking future health professionals, provide 1.5 million patient visits, and are awarded approximately $400 million in research grants. 

CU Anschutz is vital to the people of Colorado and its economy. It is home to five health professional schools​ (School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, College of Nursing, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Colorado School of Public Health) and the Graduate School, offering 40 degree programs. CU Anschutz is estimated to have a state economic impact of $2.6 billion a year, on par with the Colorado ski industry.

Community College of Aurora

Known for its exceptional responsiveness to business needs, the Community College of Aurora’s curriculum is constantly updated to bring students relevant and applicable skills. CCA offers 40 areas of degrees and certificates in vocational education and technical fields. Many of the colleges work directly with individual businesses to graduate employees with specialized education and skills. The institution was ranked the number one community college in Colorado and number two out of all two- and four-year public colleges by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Kindergarten through high school

Aurora has a top-notch K-12 educational system comprised of public schools, as well as a number of private and parochial schools. Colorado students consistently score above the national average on college entrance exams.

Aurora Public Schools

Aurora Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in Colorado comprised of 61 schools.  It is also one of the most diverse school districts with students coming from 131 different countries that speak 133 different languages.  APS 2020: Shaping the Future is the district’s strategic plan to our vision that every child shapes a successful future. The APS Board of Education and Leadership Team gathered feedback on the plan from staff, parents, students, community, and business members.

Cherry Creek School District

The Cherry Creek School District will provide safe, intellectually stimulating schools. The school programs will enable all students to demonstrate significant achievement of district-defined learning goals, and develop as healthy, well-rounded individuals. The education students receive will equip them to succeed in higher education and the workplace, ready them for responsible citizenship and prepare them for a complex and changing world.