Colorado School of Trades

Tel: (303)233-4697
  • 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 36%.
  • 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 53% over five years.
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 Pivate, for profit Private, non-profit
Total Faculty 12 staff 48 staff
Colorado School of Trades Total Faculty (2007-2016)
Number of Programs Offered 1 8

Student Body

  • The student population of 196 has grown by 23% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has increased from 7:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.31 is less than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment 196 students 1,571 students
Colorado School of Trades Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 16:1 36:1
Colorado School of Trades Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 196 students 670 students
Colorado School of Trades Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
Colorado School of Trades Enrollment Breakdown CO All Enrollment Breakdown
% White
81%
64%
Colorado School of Trades White (2011-2016)
% Unknown races
19%
8%
Colorado School of Trades Ethnicity Breakdown CO All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.31 0.55
Colorado School of Trades Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
90%
40%
Colorado School of Trades Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $40,200 $33,100
Colorado School of Trades Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 58% 89%
Colorado School of Trades % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $20,000 $13,000
Colorado School of Trades Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,750 $5,139
Colorado School of Trades Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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 $4,064 per year for in-state students and $10,223 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,642 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 0.55, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Colorado is Everest College-Aurora. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.