Essential Skills Certificate

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Essential Skills Certificate

The skills every employer needs you to have

No matter what you do for work, employers are looking for people with communication, critical thinking, creativity, literacy, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills. The Essential Skills Certificate is designed to help students prepare for the workforce and earn college credits.

From students in high school to those in skilled trades programs or pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree, this certificate prepares you for the essential skills employers are demanding.

You can complete this 15-credit certificate in as little as one semester and walk away with knowledge and skills that jump-start your path toward an associate or bachelor’s degree. This first of its kind program in Colorado gives students a distinct advantage in their college and career goals.


Choose from any course listed as guaranteed to transfer (GT)

  • One Written Communication course (3 credits)
  • One Mathematics, 1 course (3-5 credits)
  • One Arts & Humanities, or, History, or Social and Behavioral Science course (3-4 credits)
  • Two courses of your choice from any course offering listed and guaranteed to transfer

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