Total Enrollment 148
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 14 : 1

Colorado School of Trades
1575 Hoyt St, Lakewood, Colorado 80215-2996
(303) 233-4697 x48

Founded in 1947, the Colorado School of Trades (CST) has been training Gunsmiths continually since its inception. The school enjoys a worldwide reputation built on a nearly 70 year history and a long list of successful graduates recognized by top Gunsmith employers everywhere. The Colorado School of Trades has applied a system based upon hands-on, project oriented training geared to train individuals who wish to become artisan craftsmen. The school prides itself on a personal approach that allows the motivated student to enter the profession of Gunsmithing as an entry level general Gunsmith. The Colorado School of Trades has structured more »

Information based on 2010 data from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.

General Information
Institution Type 2-year, Private for-profit
Special Learning Opportunities None
Student Services Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
Religious Affiliation Not applicable
Federal Aid Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Degrees/Certificates Offered Associate's degree
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Disability Services Student 3% or less
Admissions Office Phone 303-234-4594
Admissions Office Email
Admissions Office Address 1575 Hoyt St, Lakewood, Colorado 80215-2996
Admissions Website
Application Fee $25
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Matt on January 13, 2015 said:

This school is in the opinion of this professional, not only a complete waste of time and money, but a hazard to health as you will spend a great deal of time unlearning the things they teach. Specific examples:
-No actual instructors. Gunsmiths with a minimum of 5 years "industry" time and you can teach there. There is no common core curriclum, no instructor guides and information that is 8 years out of date is used in classroom sessions.
-Rigid caste system. If you like to socialize with instructors at school, if you actually need help from an instructor while they are BSing with their favorite student they will tell you to go YouTube or google the answer.
-Instructors use class time to promote their own businesses or to talk about everything in their lives and not on the class topic. If you call the staff out on quarterly class critiques there are repercussions. If you raise enough Cain about gaping holes in the program the owner will ask you to leave the program.

Take your business elsewhere. I realize that The number of gunsmithing schools in this country is small and CST is easy to get into but you are only gonna get half an education at CST. Save your GI bill for something worthwhile, this place charges 20k for teaching how to YouTube or google an answer because your instructor is an unprofessional thief stealing your time and teaching you nothing.

Joe on August 09, 2015 said:

Thank you Matt for an honest assement of this school. I agree with all that was said. I was there 2008-10 with a very similar experience.

on May 19, 2016 said:

again, thank you. It would have been a great sacrifice on our part to send out son for this trade only to be disappointed. Thank you for your honesty.

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