School and Ranking Information
In Denver, students pursuing careers as automotive technicians have seven schools to choose from. Based on program variety and graduation rate, the top three schools in the area are:
- Winner: Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) is the only school to offer associate's degree and certificate programs in automotive technology, automotive body collision, automotive parts management, and automotive customization.
- Runner-Up #1: Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) has certificate programs in automotive technology and automotive collision repair and boasts an 88% graduation rate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
- Runner-Up #2: Front Range Community College (FRCC) offers an associate's degree program, as well as certificate programs in automotive technology. Each school meets the education standards of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and prepares students for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Red Rocks Community College||Emily Griffith Technical School||Front Range Community College|
|Location||Lakewood, CO (12 miles from Denver)||Denver, CO||Westminster, CO (16 miles from Denver)|
|School Type||2-year, public||Less than 2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $2,962 per year (in-state),
$11,263 per year (out-of-state)*
|$5,820 (for automotive technology program)*|| $2,962 per year (in-state),
$11,263 per year (out-of-state)*
|Automotive Technology Program Levels Offered||Certificates; associate's degrees||Certificates||Certificates; associate's degrees|
|Automotive Technology Degrees and Certificates Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||60*||32*||137*|
|Most Popular Automotive Technology Program in 2011-2012||Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Certificate (37 awarded)*||Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Certificate (19 awarded)*||Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Certificate (112 awarded)*|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 2009 Entering Class||24%*||90%*||17%*|
|Noteworthy||Automotive programs administered in conjunction with Warren Technical Center||Certificate programs may articulate into an Associate of Applied Science at Colorado Community College||In addition to being ASE and NATEF certified, programs are accredited by Automotive Youth Education Systems (AYES)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Winner: Red Rocks Community College
- Offers four automotive associate's degree programs and 19 certificate programs
- Average classes include fewer than 20 students, according to school's website
Red Rocks Community College's automotive service technology associate's degree program has an open-entry policy, which allows enrollment into the program throughout the year. In addition to automotive service technology, automotive parts management, and automotive collision repair associate's degree and certificate programs, the school offers an automotive customization associate's degree and certificate program that trains students in the finer points of high performance automotive racing maintenance. Courses include collision technology, welding, suspension, body customization, and surface prep. Students also gain training through lab courses. Additionally, certificate programs may be taken separately as stand-alone programs without enrolling in an associate's degree program.
Runner-Up #1: Emily Griffith Technical School
- Flexible scheduling available
- 90% graduation rate, as reported by the NCES
Emily Griffith Technical School offers 13 certificates, including an automotive technology and collision repair technology certificate. The automotive technology certificate program has eight areas of specialization, and students completing all eight areas receive a master completion certificate. The eight areas of specialization include automotive transmission, brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, and steering and suspension. The automotive collision repair technology program consists of painting and refinishing, non-structural repair, and structural repair certificate programs. All certificate programs prepare students for the ASE certification exams.
Runner-Up #2: Front Range Community College
- All program instructors are ASE certified
- 72% of students received some form of financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
Front Range Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology degree program, as well as nine certificate programs. The associate's degree program includes coursework in brakes, electricity, engine diagnosis, differentials, automotive computers, and fuel injection, as well as classes in general education. Certificate programs may be taken as stand-alone programs in automatic transmission, brakes, drivability diagnosis, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drivetrain, and suspension and steering. Applicants to the program can gain credit for previous work experience. Certificate and degree programs lead to ASE certification in several automotive specialties.