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Front Range Community College
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Former names
North Campus of the Community College of Denver; Larimer County Voc-Tech Center
Type Community college [1]
PresidentAndrew Dorsey
Academic staff
235 (full time), 921 (part time) [2]
Administrative staff
Students31,052 [2]
Location, ,
39°53′59″N 105°02′17″W / 39.899681°N 105.038071°W / 39.899681; -105.038071
Affiliations Colorado Community College System

Front Range Community College (FRCC) is a community college in Colorado. It has campuses in Westminster; Longmont; Fort Collins; and Brighton. It is the largest community college in Colorado [3] and the most popular transfer institution for the University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University, the University of Northern Colorado, Regis University, and CSU Global.. [4] FRCC traces its heritage to the founding of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education in 1967, which in 1968 established the North Campus of the Community College of Denver as its first new creation. In 1983 the North Campus was renamed as Front Range Community College and became an independent institution in 1985. In 1988, the Larimer County Voc-Tech Center was incorporated as the Larimer Campus of FRCC. [4] The college was accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1975 and received continued accreditation in 2008. [5]


Aerial view of the Westminster Campus

From 1968 to 1977, the college was located in facilities at East 62nd Avenue and Downing Street in Denver. In 1977, the college inaugurated a new building on 112th Avenue in Westminster, Colorado. When it opened, the Westminster Campus building was heated with an innovative solar system of over 4000 flat-plate solar thermal panels making it the largest solar-heated educational building in the world. The solar system operated until the solar panels were removed during a major building remodel in 1996, and now the facilities are heated with conventional methods. [6]

During its first decades, the college offered career, vocational and technical training, with certificates and two-year associate degrees in accounting, architectural technology, automotive repair, business, dental assisting, electronics, healthcare, machine drafting, machining, nursing, and welding. In 1997, FRCC transferred and began offering its machining program at the Rocky Mountain Manufacturing Academy, which was part of the now defunct Higher Education and Advanced Technology (HEAT) Center at the decommissioned Lowry Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado. In recent decades, the college offers a mix of general academic and transfer courses as well as career and technical education offerings. [7]

Today FRCC maintains campuses at Fort Collins, Longmont, and Brighton in addition to the original Westminster campus and a highly developed online learning program. The college also operates its Precision Machining Program in the Advanced Technology Center in Longmont.


The college has 29 associate degrees with designation that transfer to Colorado four-year institutions with junior status. Its 37 career/technical programs include a variety of business, manufacturing, design, computer-related, and health-care pathways [8].

FRCC has observatories on each campus.

In 2016, the college awarded 2,003 associate degrees and a further 2,664 certificates [9]. The student body is 57% female and 43% male, with most students studying part-time and pursuing programs in liberal arts and sciences or career/technical fields.

FRCC currently has a student enrollment count of around 27,700.


  1. ^ "Carnegie Classification". Carnegie Foundation. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  2. ^ a b "2012 Fact Book". FRCC. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  3. ^ "FRCC Fast Facts". 2018-02-06.
  4. ^ a b "FRCC Catalog". FRCC. 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  5. ^ "Higher learning commission". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  6. ^ FRCC Catalog, 2018
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  8. ^ "A-Z List of Academic Programs at Front Range Community College". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  9. ^ "FRCC Facts". Retrieved 2018-02-06.

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