Mission, vision and goal

The mission of Denver City Employee University is to establish the City and County of Denver as a progressive learning organization focused on employee and leadership development. The vision for this program is to create growth and development opportunities for all city employees, support city agencies and departments focused on organizational effectiveness and efficiency, benchmark training excellence and continue development of practitioner excellence, and nurture a culture that values competence, inclusion and continuous improvement.

Our goal is to increase overall employee engagement and participation in training and professional development offerings through City University. We are strategically integrating four key elements into our existing processes, as well as creating new opportunities for increased engagement through:

  • Performance Management - Linking content to competencies and job roles, making it easy for managers as well as employees to identify relevant resources to close skill gaps. Tie-in with annual PEPs to develop annual training plans and leverage activity in PEPR’s.
  • Career Development - Enhance career development paths by identifying relevant content that is directly linked to job roles to help foster proactive career development.
  • Certification and Continuing Education - Develop internal certification tracks to encourage consistent standards of development for various roles. Link courses to opportunities for them to be leveraged for professional industry certification and degree programs through academic partners.
  • Blended Learning Programs - Offer a variety of delivery options for learning, blending formal and informal methods (e.g., e-learning with facilitated seminars. Blended learning captures the best of both worlds by varying the method, providing greater flexibility and more convenience for City employees.


American Sentinel is proud to be a partner of the City and County of Denver.  Our specialty is unparalleled student support coupled with 100% online flexibility offering busy professionals quality choices for affordable education. 

The American Sentinel difference:

  • Partner rates for City and County of Denver employees and spouses
  • General Education Grant saving undergraduates up to $10,750 off of standard tuition rates
  • Strong supporter of Military and family with flexibility and rates
  • Accredited degrees
  • Professors with extensive experience in their field and coursework relevant to today’s industries
  • Intensely personal student support
  • No application fee

Degree Programs:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) degrees. Associates, Bachelor’s and Master’s and Certificate
  • Nursing: RN to BSN; RN to MSN and MSN with 5 specializations (CCNE accredited), DNP with 2 specializations (ACEN accredited)
  • Informatics, Management and Technology 
    • Master of Business Administration Health Care
    • Master of Science Information Systems Management
    • Master of Science Computer Science
    • Master of Health Care Informatics

Learn more today!

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce an education alliance with Capella University.  Capella University, an accredited* online university, offers a wide range of online bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, PhD, and certificate programs through its Schools of Business and Technology, Healthcare and Nursing, Education, Psychology, Human Services, and Public Service Leadership. 

Through this alliance, City and County of Denver employees and their immediate family members are eligible to receive a 10% tuition discount on all Capella courses. 

Employees will also benefit from:

  • Complimentary quarterly professional development webinar series which taps into the subject matter expertise of Capella faculty 
  • Prior Learning Assessment options for transfer credit including evaluation of technical knowledge and skills gained from real-world experience, training, certifications, and previous education may be eligible for credit, shortening the time to degree completion and reducing your costs. 
  • Over 125 degree and certificate program specializations offered on the undergraduate and graduate levels

Visit www.capella.edu/CCD  

We are pleased to join the City and County of Denver to support Denver City Employee University. DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management encourage you to take advantage of the  high-quality degree programs  available…to invest in your personal growth and professional development!

  • Earn a bachelor’s, master’s degree, or complete a graduate certificate from an accredited university.
  • Classes are taught by professors who have business and industry experience in your chosen field.
  • Courses are available on campus, online, days, evenings, and weekends.

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City and County of Denver employee educational benefits offered by DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management.

  • 10% Partner tuition rate
  • Application fee waiver
  • Special tuition rate for military and their spouses

Visit our partner page to find out more information.

Kaiser Permanente is proud to partner with the City and County of Denver to support the Denver City Employee University. As one of the primary health care providers for City and County employees, your health and wellness is a top priority whether you are a Kaiser Permanente member of not.

Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high quality affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Our goal is help Colorado and you thrive. For you, this means offering online and webinar classes in addition to classes at one of our many medical facilities on a variety of health topics.

Go to kpwebinar.org to register for a live webinar today or just listen to one of the pre-recorded classes.

To register for a class at one of our medical facilities or listen to a pre-recorded class, go to http://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health/care/consumer/health-wellness/programs-classes/classes


Metropolitan State University of Denver, a publicly funded university, educates more Coloradans at the undergraduate level than any other college or university in Colorado. The University's broad access, affordable tuition, quality academic experience and excellent outcomes add up to a transformative, high-value education. MSU Denver’s tuition is the most affordable of Colorado’s large, four-year universities offering undergraduate degrees, and its graduates start their careers with higher salaries than degree holders from most other institutions in Colorado. MSU Denver’s student population mirrors the ethnic demographics of the state, making the University the leader in diverse enrollment among Colorado’s four-year universities. MSU Denver also is Colorado’s leader in providing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to students of color, and the University has the state’s second-largest teacher-preparation program. MSU Denver's award-winning Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center provides hands-on learning opportunities for students studying Hospitality, Tourism and Events. In all, MSU Denver’s offers its 22,000 students 55 different majors as well as masters’ degrees in accounting, teaching, and social work.


With a median student age of 24, MSU Denver specializes in supporting working adult students. Courses are offered online, face-to-face on the Auraria Campus as well as at MSU Denver North (Northglenn) and MSU Denver South (DTC), and in a hybrid (online and face-to-face) format. Tailored advising is available through the Academic Advising Center for adult returning students who have some college credit and who are seeking to complete their degrees. Many adult students take advantage of Prior Learning Assessment to obtain college credit for prior learning that occurred outside traditional educational settings, and MSU Denver students have the opportunity to create their own degree plans through the Individualized Degree Program.


MSU Denver students benefit from the University’s numerous community partnerships that allow for engaged education with real-world application. Please visit the University’s Admissions Web page for information about becoming an MSU Denver student.


Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s, our newest education ally, is a top-ranked college that offers online Associate’s degrees at very low prices. Portmont is made for busy, motivated people like City and County of Denver employees:

  • Flexible: Online programs that let employees fit school around their schedules 
  • Affordable: Special City of Denver discount of $250 per credit — and no textbook costs 
  • Connected: Dedicated coach, mentor, and peer cohort to increase student persistence 
  • Limitless: Seamless transfers to 120+ Bachelor’s programs at top universities 

A nonprofit initially created by the Gates Foundation, Portmont offers online Associate’s degree programs in business administration, pre-health science, and liberal arts that are rigorous and real-world relevant. Once they’ve earned an Associate’s degree, your employees can take advantage of seamless pathways to online Bachelor’s programs at top online universities across the country, including Arizona State, the Universities of Massachusetts, Illinois, and Maryland, CSU-Global, Regis, and more.

And, unlike any other college, Portmont bridges education and employment by defining, teaching and measuring 21st Century Career skills. Six core capabilities— work ethic, learning to learn, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication—are taught in all its degree programs.  Portmont even reports mastery on students’ official transcripts.

Portmont is the online program of Mount St. Mary’s in Los Angeles, a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited university that has provided values-based undergraduate and professional programs for about 90 years. U.S. News & World Report ranks The Mount among the top 20 regional universities in the West, and Portmont brings this quality education to employees — online and at less than one-fifth the cost.

Learn more about how Portmont can help your employees get the degrees they need to advance their careers — and develop skills that add value on the job today. For more information or to get started:

Visit Portmont’s City of Denver website.  Contact Keenan Davis, Portmont’s VP of Partnerships by phone at (347) 524-6980 or by email at kdavis@portmont.la.edu

If you have any questions, please contact your City of Denver employee benefits specialist or Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s directly.

Academic Excellence Designed to Fit Your Schedule

Regis University’s College for Professional Studies (CPS) offers a values-centered Jesuit education specifically designed for the adult learner. Our students are working professionals, parents, and spouses seeking their bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited University that respects the balance between work, school, and family. We are proud of our reputation as a national leader in adult education, offering innovative online learning, multiple campus locations, nationally-recognized curriculum, and dedicated and award-winning faculty. Backed by over 130 years of tradition and academic excellence, CPS continues to make earning a respected degree accessible and affordable.

Regis University

UnitedHealthcare is committed to the health and wellness of City and County of Denver employees. We are excited to be a corporate partner and to be a part of Denver City Employee University to provide educational resources so that employees can make the most important investment, in their well-being. 

Please visit our website for a complete list of featured classes and additional resources that will be offered throughout the year. 

City and County of Denver and University of Phoenix have teamed up to encourage employees to enhance their educational, professional and personal lives through higher education. University of Phoenix offers a learning environment that’s designed to support working adults so you can pursue the higher education you've always dreamed of—on a schedule that fits your lifestyle. This opportunity provides you the real-world skills needed to advance your personal and professional career goals.

What does this mean for you?

University of Phoenix delivers rigorous coursework in a flexible format to allow students to balance work and home life while earning their degrees. Employees will receive the following benefits:
  • 10% savings on the cost of tuition
  • Access to the Credit Recommendation Guide to help students transition completed training and development courses into elective credit through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process
  • Access to innovative education technologies including electronic textbooks and course materials, a comprehensive online library, and intuitive writing and math tools
  • A personalized Graduation Team comprised of dedicated advisors to support you from enrollment to graduation.

Are you currently enrolled at University of Phoenix?

If you are a City and County of Denver employee already enrolled with University of Phoenix, and need to have the tuition savings applied, please follow the steps below:
  1. First, access your University of Phoenix eCampus site.
  2. Once logged in, select the Account tab at the top, and then select the Employer/Tribal Academic Partnership Program.
  3. Then, select City and County of Denver from the drop-down menu.
  4. Once the required fields have been completed, click submit.

Visit phoenix.edu/ccd, a dedicated resource for City and County of Denver employees to:
  • Explore degree programs
  • Learn more about PLA
  • Chat with a university representative

City and County of Denver office of Human Resources has partnered with University of the Rockies through Denver City Employee University to provide greater educational opportunities and services for city employees and their immediate family members. University of the Rockies is an innovative, advanced institution providing specialized graduate programs for people passionate about commanding excellence in psychology and advancing its impact on business and society. As a graduate school of the social and behavioral sciences, students study with distinguished faculty members, all of whom have earned doctoral degrees. With progressive technologies and learning techniques, students are given a solid foundation of knowledge and skills to help them fulfill a promising future. University of the Rockies’ mission is to provide accessible, affordable and innovative, high-quality learning opportunities and degree programs.

How employees benefit
University of the Rockies Denver Instructional Site offers evening campus-based classes to best suit the needs of our adult learners. Students have all of the support of a small, dedicated institution. In addition, employees will receive:

  • 10% Tuition Grant 
  • Waived costs of mandatory course materials for the first course for all employees enrolled in the School of Organizational Leadership 

For more information about University of the Rockies, visit Denver.rockies.edu or the University of Denver city portal, a dedicated resource for City and County of Denver employees to learn more about degree programs and learning opportunities. 

At the Colorado Women’s College we continue the tradition of empowering women through education, which began in 1888. As the only women's college in the Rocky Mountain Region, we boast an enrollment in which more than 50% of our students identify as women of color and an academically rigorous curricula. 

Our majors include: 

  • Business Administration
  • Law & Society
  • Communication
  • Information Technology/Project Management

We also offer certificates in Community Based Research, Conflict Management, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Information Technology. 

As a partner organization, the City and County of Denver’ employees will receive a 10% reduction in tuition per quarter. In addition, the application fee is waived for employees who apply to the Colorado Women’s College. As a place committed to the belief that all people, regardless of ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic background, have something valuable to contribute to the community and the educational experience, the Colorado Women’s College fosters an environment that prepares our students to become bold, empowered leaders. 

Visit http://womenscollege.du.edu/ for more information.

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