Higher Education

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines, founded in 1874,  is a public research university located in Jefferson County that is internationally recognized for its leadership in engineering, applied science and related disciplines, with a special emphasis on the earth and its resources. The university has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Mines has distinguished itself by developing a curriculum and research program geared toward responsible stewardship of the earth and its resources. In addition to strong education and research programs in traditional fields of science and engineering, Mines is one of the very few institutions in the world having broad expertise in resource exploration, extraction, production and utilization. Mines offers all the advantages of a world-class research institution with a size that allows for personal attention. 

In 2014, Mines was ranked #1 in PayScale’s ranking of public universities by return on investment.

Community Colleges/Tech Schools

Many community colleges serving Jefferson County offer comprehensive workforce training assistance to businesses. Services such as technology training, leadership/management skills, and essential skills are customized to meet the changing training needs of companies and their employees. In addition, the community colleges assist employers needing short-term, fast-track customized training for existing employees.