Colorado School of Trades

187 students
Private for-profit

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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 187 students (100% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 12% of the student body (majority Hispanic and American), which is less than the state average of 29%.
Colorado School of Trades is one of 4 community colleges within Jefferson County, CO.
The nearest community college is College America-Denver (9.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Colorado School of Trades 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 Public

Student Body

The student population of 187 teachers has grown by 33% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 7:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has declined by 78% over five years.
Total Enrollment
187 students
1,283 students
# Full-Time Students
187 students
832 students
Colorado School of Trades Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
% American Indian/Alaskan
2% 1%
% Asian
2% 2%
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
5% 7%
% Black
2% 12%
% White
Colorado School of Trades White (2010-2012)
% Two or more races"
- 2%
Colorado School of Trades sch ethnicity Colorado School of Trades sta ethnicity
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. 0.22 0.45
Colorado School of Trades Diversity Score (2006-2012)
Source: 2012 (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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