- We value people and technology: We help pay for teachers and technology that will educate students in high- demand technical occupations so they can enter or re-enter the workforce.
- We support diversity: We serve one of Denver’s most diverse education institutions, offering technical education to thousands of local individuals and immigrants annually.
- We help EGTC students, financially, with the greatest need: We do our utmost to fairly assess each person’s financial situation and commitment to achieve.
Emily Griffith Opportunity School was founded in 1916 to provide adult education “for all who wish to learn.” For nearly 100 years, Denver’s technical college has been a testament to the American dream. More than 2 million students have improved themselves and their lives by taking advantage of the school’s top-notch career and technical training. Each year, the school serves a diverse population of approximately 8,000 students through its 500 course offerings, nationally accredited certifications and apprenticeships in 13 trades.
Now known as Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC), the school offers the most affordable post-secondary tuition in the region and serves a widely diverse population. The student population consists of 45% Caucasian, 28% Hispanic, 10% African-American, 10% Multi-ethnic, 2% Asian, 2% Native American and 3% Other. Over 2,500 students from 92 countries attend the English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The school serves students ages 17-84; the average age is early 30’s.
The goal at EGTC is to go from ‘learning to earning’ as quickly as possible. The school boasts one of the highest program completion and job placement rates in Colorado, up to 100% placement for careers in demand. Hands-on learning is the key to adult education. The school has an on-site barbershop, salon, spa, deli and coffee shop that are open to the public. The school also has on-site welding, auto mechanics, HVAC, video production and a new health-sciences program with real-life manikins that can be programmed to demonstrate various stages of physical distress and life or death emergencies.
EGTC was located in the same downtown Denver location for 98 years. In 2014, the college relocated to a new building called the Emily Griffith Campus at 1860 Lincoln Street, and added two satellite campuses, a Video Editing and Production campus at 200 East 9th in Denver, and a new location for the College of Trades and Industry to open in the Summer of 2015. The new campuses provide enhanced instructional environment and help build capacity for program offerings for students.