Colorado School of Trades

Tel: (303)233-4697
196 students
Private for-profit
Colorado School of Trades (CST) is the oldest and largest Gunsmithing School in the United States. The Colorado School of Trades has been teaching Gun smithing since 1947. We prepare our students for an exciting career as a Gunsmith. Gunsmiths spend their workday repairing and building custom firearms, operating lathes and mills, and performing detailed wood shaping and finishing. Their machinists skills are on display every day.
School Highlights
Colorado School of Trades serves 196 students (100% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 36:1.
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority American and Asian), which is less than the state average of 35%.
Colorado School of Trades is one of 4 community colleges within Jefferson County, CO.
The nearest community college is Red Rocks Community College (3.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 12 teachers has declined by 40% over five years.
College Colorado School of Trades (CO) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private for-profit Private not-for-profit
Total Faculty 12 staff 48 staff
Number of Programs Offered 1 n/a

Student Body

The student population of 196 has grown by 45% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has increased from 7:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.34 is less than the state average of 0.54. The school's diversity has declined by 65% over five years.
Total Enrollment 196 students 839 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 16:1 36:1
# Full-Time Students 196 students 670 students
% White
81%
65%
% Unknown races
19%
8%
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.34 0.54

Finances and Admission

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 58% 90%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • For decades, Colorado School of Trades has been teaching students to become gunsmiths and farriers. As a horseshoeing school and a gunsmith school, Colorado School of Trades not only provides a valuable link to our past, it also provides students with the valuable training they need for their futures! Gunsmithing schools and horseshoeing schools aren't easy to find in today's world, but the demand for skilled professionals is still there. At Colorado School of Trades, you can learn your new trade in as little as five months for Horseshoeing or 14 months for Gunsmithing. Experienced farriers are needed to shoe racehorses, show horses, horses that are worked and horses that are ridden. Professional gunsmiths are needed to service guns used not only by local hunters but also military or police! In the Colorado School of Trades' state of the art Farrier Shop, we prepare our students for an exciting career as a Self-employed Horseshoer. Our graduates work in the great outdoors shoeing horses and working with hammer, anvil and forge, building custom and therapeutic shoes for their clients' horses.

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Did You Know?
For Colorado public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,103 per year for in-state students and $9,855 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,638 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Colorado community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.54, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Colorado is Colorado Heights University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.