Workforce Development

Quality of Life | Supportive Business Community | Great Schools
RCEDP leads long-term economic sustainability efforts across the Yampa Valley, working in collaboration with state, regional, and local partners.

K-12 Education

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The Yampa Valley is home to three top-tier public school districts dedicated to providing quality education, as well as three private schools. Explore the K-12 public schools, and discover the exceptional learning environments they offer to students.

  • Hayden School District
  • South Routt School District
  • Steamboat Springs School District
  • Private Schools

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Hayden School District

Hayden School District promotes excellence in student achievement by providing opportunities and support in creating a safe, inspiring and enriching environment which meets the diverse educational needs of every student.

Hayden School District fosters analytical and creative thinkers who excel, innovate, and persevere in a global society; students and staff who challenge the status quo to promote excellence and integrity in their world.

Excellence. Integrity. Innovation.

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South Routt School District

The South Routt School District is a small rural school located in Northwest Colorado, nestled at the base of the Flat Top Wilderness. Our schools are located on two campuses. The Elementary and Preschool are located in the heart of Yampa, while our secondary campus sits atop the hill and overlooks the quaint town of Oak Creek.

Our mission is to develop career-connected, community-based, and academically prepared students in a safe environment.

We strive to be the best small school district in Colorado, meeting the academic, social-emotional, and future needs of our students.

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Steamboat Springs School District

Steamboat Springs is known for its small town western feel, Champagne Powder® Snow, Olympian heritage, and excellent public education system. The Steamboat Springs School District (SSSD) is consistently awarded "Accredited with Distinction" by the Colorado Department of Education and ranked as a top school district in the state. Our schools offer curriculum and academic programs designed to give students the skills they need to compete in college and the workplace. 

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Private Schools

In addition to public education, you'll find private schools that offer alternative educational experiences. These institutions emphasize personalized learning and character development. Explore the schools below to learn more.

Higher Education

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For those committed to acquiring the indispensable skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive job market, the Yampa Valley stands as a hub for diverse colleges offering a comprehensive array of certificate and degree-level programs. Moreover, a robust collaboration between our local school districts and colleges affords students a distinctive advantage, allowing them to gain a head start in developing career skills and earning a certificate in a trade even before graduating from high school.

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True to its rural roots, Steamboat Springs oozes that classic spirit of Colorado’s mountain towns. But this legendary cowboy haven isn’t all dust and spurs. As a modern-day hotbed for startup companies, Steamboat Springs is the perfect place to breathe life into your ideas and make your dreams a reality.

In order to fit the demands of surviving in a resort town, Colorado Mountain College Steamboat Springs provides flexible course schedules and access to real-life work experiences. Flex your culinary skills at a five-star restaurant. See sustainability in action. And most importantly, don’t shelve your powder passion; turn it into your career with the first-ever SIA Certification program.

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Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.

Workforce Development

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The Steamboat Springs Workforce Center offers free services to both employers and job seekers in Routt and Jackson Counties.

Employer services include, but are not limited to, applicant screening and referrals, recruitment assistance, labor market information, on-the-job training, reimbursement, workshops, information on tax credits and layoff assistance.

For job seekers, it is a one-stop location for job training, placement assistance, internet access, resume preparation, career assessment, and a library of information on job skills, money management, training, education, and local resources.


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