Colorado School of Trades

Tel: (303)233-4697
181 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 181 students (100% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is lower than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 29%.
Colorado School of Trades is one of 5 community colleges within Jefferson County, CO.
The nearest community college is Red Rocks Community College (3 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 13 teachers has declined by 35% over five years.
Colorado School of Trades Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Private for-profit Public
Total Faculty 13 staff
59 staff
Colorado School of Trades Total Faculty (2006-2013)
Number of Programs Offered 1 7

Student Body

The student population of 181 teachers has grown by 29% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 14:1 has increased from 7:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.22 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 78% over five years.
Total Enrollment
181 students
1,282 students
Colorado School of Trades Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 14:1
22:1
Colorado School of Trades student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
181 students
810 students
Colorado School of Trades Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
Colorado School of Trades Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% Hispanic
5%
7%
Colorado School of Trades Hispanic (2012-2013)
% Black
1%
12%
Colorado School of Trades Black (2012-2013)
% White
49%
57%
Colorado School of Trades White (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
45%
3%
Colorado School of Trades Unknown (2006-2013)
Colorado School of Trades Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
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 0.53
Colorado School of Trades Diversity Score (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (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?
Jefferson, CO 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 0.34, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Jefferson, CO is Heritage College-Denver. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.