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Top Thornton, CO, Schools for Becoming a CAD Drafting Professional

Students interested in studying CAD drafting in Thornton, CO, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' programs and tuition info to find the right one for you.

School Information

There are no schools located directly in Thornton, CO, that offer CAD drafting programs. Those that do so in the area are mostly for-profit institutions. Based on distinction and school type, the following college is considered a top school in the Thornton area for CAD drafting programs:

  • Winner: Front Range Community College, located approximately five miles from Thornton, is the only 2-year public school in the area providing CAD drafting programs. It is also the largest school in terms of enrollment within a 25-mile radius of Thornton to provide these types of programs. Students can choose from several certificates or earn an Associate of Applied Science in this subject.

School Info Chart

Category Front Range Community College
Location Westminster, Colorado
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $3,224 (in state); $12,134 (out-of-state)**
CAD Drafting Programs Offered Certificates and associate's degree
CAD Drafting Certificates and Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 19**
Most Popular CAD Drafting Level in 2012-2013 Certificate (10 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 18%**
Noteworthy Largest community college in Colorado*

Sources: *Front Range Community College; **NCES College Navigator

Front Range Community College

  • Offers state-of-the-art computer labs and CAD software
  • Open-entry allows CAD students to suspend their studies and enter the workforce, then return later to complete the program
  • Credits earned are transferable to any 4-year school in the state's university system

Founded in 1967, Front Range Community College was the first community college in Colorado. The College's Advanced Technology Department offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design and seven CAD-related certificates of completion.

Certificate programs are available in animation and visualization CAD drafting, advanced architectural computer-aided drafting, advanced mechanical CAD, basic CAD, basic mechanical CAD, landscape CAD technician and civil CAD. These programs range from 18-24 credit hours and typically require one or two semesters of study. The advanced CAD and advanced mechanical CAD programs are only available to individuals with experience in the field. The basic CAD certificate is only offered to individuals who have already completed two semesters of college.

The 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design program teaches students the professional, procedural and aesthetic aspects of CAD. Subjects include technical and architectural drawing, landscape CAD design, surveying, drafting, site planning and blueprint reading. Electives can address various CAD software programs, such as Solidworks, Inventor I and Revit Architecture. Students complete a capstone project of their choice.


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