$50 for $100 Worth of Cooking, Art, and Self-Improvement Classes at Colorado Free University


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Knowledge is power, which is why most home appliances can function on a rich diet of Trivial Pursuit cards in the case of a blackout. Power up with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of continuing-education classes at Colorado Free University. Click here for a list of sample classes.

Colorado Free University harnesses the expertise of local teachers to inscribe information and experience onto the crania of adult students in an eclectic range of subjects, from foreign languages to dancing. Interactive classes engage pupils of all levels and interests, and the grade-free setting allows scholars to relinquish repressed memories of harshly graded kindergarten dissertations. Students can learn how to build their own cabinets ($61) during a hands-on afternoon session or learn how to sell them with newfound entrepreneurial and moneymaking skills gleaned in a QuickBooks 102 class ($61). Language teacher Frank Sitchler leads students in dialogues during Continuing German, and a Voice-Over session ($46) prepares aspiring voice actors to record commercials or actively narrate their dog's hectic social schedule. Colorado Free University also offers classes that help students of all ages prepare for the holidays by making holiday wreaths and centerpieces ($51), make friends by attending singles game night ($20), or make the perfect coupling with wine and food pairing classes ($51).

Colorado Free University

John Hand had a theory: for any problem a person might have, someone in their local community has a solution. To that end, he founded Colorado Free University, continuing a tradition that began with the Denver Free University of the 1970s and early '80s. Whereas the Denver Free University was created as a political move to make education more accessible, the Colorado incarnation sets its sights on simple personal betterment, becoming more of a learning network than a school. All of its teachers are independent contractors culled from the local community, and together they helm skill-based and enrichment classes for adults, spanning a range of artistic, humanitarian, and business disciplines.

Students can receive training in foreign languages or ASL, business or digital marketing, or acting, visual arts, or woodworking. The school's facilities also accommodate CompuSkills computer-training classes, which progress from basic sessions in computer operation to advanced sessions in photoshopping a ghost out of a family portrait. There are cooking classes, foreign language courses, and style classes, all of which turn out well-rounded pupils. The campus's 89-seat John Hand Theater, meanwhile, hosts intimate performances from local Firehouse Theater Company and Spotlight Theatre Company.


Convenient to get to and a group of interesting teachers make this place quite the resource.

Crys A., Yelp, 3/18/11

I've taken a number of classes here over the last 2 years and have enjoyed the experience.

Dave E., Yelp, 10/23/10

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  • “Great adult education and opportunity to learn from people actually doing what they teach. Mind enrichment potential is wonderful.”

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    7653 E 1st Pl.

    Denver, Colorado 80230

    303-399-0093 x0

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In a Nutshell

Adult students broaden minds on wide range of topics, such as gardening, photography & language, in hands on, grade-free environment

The Fine Print

Expires May 7th, 2012. Limit 2 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Registration required 48hr before first class. Must adhere to cancellation and transfer policies. Extra fee for course materials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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