Arts, Self-Improvement, and Continuing-Education Classes at Colorado Free University (Half Off). Five Options Available.

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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 to Colorado Free University. Choose from the following options:

  • For $50, you get $100 worth of any classes.
  • For $50, you get $100 worth of performing-arts, photography, and art classes.
  • For $50, you get $100 worth of personal-development, fitness, and dance classes.
  • For $50, you get $100 worth of beer-tasting and cooking classes.
  • For $50, you get $100 worth of continuing-education, business, computer, and language 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 dialogs during Continuing German ($96), 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 achieve elusive New Year's resolutions with Kettlebell Fitness for Beginners ($116), make friends by attending Nightclub Dancing: For Couples and Singles ($57), or learn which wines go best with gummy bears in Wine and Food Pairing ($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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    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 Jul 18th, 2012. Limit 2 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required 48hr before first class. Must adhere to cancellation and transfers 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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  • Denver (1462.4 miles)

    7653 E 1st Pl.

    Denver, Colorado 80230

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