more than 2. 8 million people is one of
the fastest growing in the country.
Denver is well known for its highly
educated workforce. In fact, of metro
Denver’s adult population age 25 and
older, 39. 5 percent have a bachelor’s or
higher-level degree and 89 percent have
graduated from high school. Colorado
ranks second among the 50 states in the
percentage of adult population with a
bachelor’s or more advanced degree.
There are also plenty of opportunities for
training. Five community colleges in
Denver serve 55,000 students, and all
work with businesses to provide special
training and courses to meet the needs of
area employers. Financial programs are
also available from state and federal
sources to assist new and expanding
companies with training costs.
The city’s smart and thriving workforce
makes it easy for employers to recruit and
hire from a vigorous and diverse pool
of workers with the skill sets needed for
corporate growth over the long term.
EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Colorado’s robust statewide educational
system includes a network of world-class
research institutions, graduate and professional schools, and a wide spectrum
of undergraduate programs that have
spawned partnerships that have contributed
to the area’s business community and have
helped set the stage for future success.
For example, in 2007, the University of
Colorado at Boulder, Colorado School of
Mines, Colorado State University, and the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(NREL) joined forces to form the Colorado
Renewable Energy Collaboratory in
2007. The Collaboratory works with public
agencies and nonprofits, private companies, and higher education institutions to
forward renewable energy research and
commercialize renewable energy and
energy efficiency technologies.
University of Colorado (CU) - Boulder
Colorado State University (CSU) - Fort Collins, Denver
Metropolitan State College (Metro) - Denver
University of Colorado Denver (UCD) - Denver, Aurora
University of Denver (DU) - Denver
University of Northern Colorado (UNC) - Greeley
Regis University - Denver
Colorado School of Mines (Mines) - Golden
Colorado Christian University - Lakewood
University of Phoenix – Metro Denver
Johnson & Wales - Denver
Source: Colorado Commission on Higher Education; Individual Schools
Salt Lake City
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2008 American Community Survey.