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. CSM offers undergraduate and advanced degrees through its bioengineering and life science programs. These programs, with strong interdisciplinary linkages across the campus, have led to the integration of bioscience and biotechnology into educational and scholarly activities. CSM has created a bioengineering and Life Science Program that draws upon faculty and students from all of the academic units. As part of the University’s 30 research centers, CSM has research in the development of medical devices, biofuels, and biofining, bioengineering and nano medicine.  

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.