Community colleges award professional certificates and two-year associate degrees. In Colorado, all of the community colleges are part of the Colorado Community College System. Several colleges have campuses in or near Denver, and they are all accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. These colleges are Community College of Denver, Community College of Aurora, Arapahoe Community College, Red Rocks Community College and Front Range Community College.

Community College of Denver

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Community College of Denver has three campuses in the city of Denver. The college awards associate degrees and certificates in 41 fields of study, including majors in the liberal arts, in business and in the sciences. And 12 programs -- including anthropology, business and criminal justice -- are guaranteed to transfer to four-year programs at colleges and universities throughout Colorado. Depending on your scheduling needs, you may choose among campus, online or hybrid offerings.

Community College of Aurora

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Community College of Aurora has campuses in Aurora and Denver, and you may choose to pursue your degree or certificate on campus or online. CCA offers associate degrees and certificates in many different fields of study, and if you want to continue your education in a four-year program, 31 CCA courses are guaranteed to transfer to schools in Colorado. These courses fall under six academic areas -- communication, mathematics, arts and humanities, history, social and behavioral sciences and natural and physical sciences.

Arapahoe Community College

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Arapahoe Community College was the first community college opened in the Denver area. Its main campus is located in the Denver suburb of Littleton, and it also has campuses in Castle Rock and Parker. At ACC, you can choose from approximately 90 associate degree and certificate programs, and the college offers day and evening classes as well as more than 300 online courses. Degrees include majors in business, nursing and technology, and certificates are offered in such areas as education and automotive technology.

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Red Rocks Community College

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Red Rocks Community College's campuses are located in Lakewood and Arvada, and the college offers certificates and associate degrees in more than 150 programs. Many of the school's programs -- such as business, economics and psychology -- are guaranteed to transfer to four-year universities in Colorado. The college's course offerings are also designed to meet a variety of scheduling needs. For example, RRCC is unique because it offers self-paced and weekend courses along with weekday and online courses.

Front Range Community College

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Front Range Community College has a campus in Westminster and an outreach center in Brighton, as well as campuses in Longmont and Fort Collins. You can take classes either on campus or online, and FRCC awards degrees and certificates in more than 60 programs. Some programs -- like anthropology and business -- can be pursued completely online. FRCC offers 12 programs that are guaranteed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Colorado, including psychology, sociology, business and criminal justice.