FREE Hot Air Balloon Rides

Front Range Community College’s Westminster campus is celebrating 50 years of supporting students with a variety of events and activities the week of August 27-31. One of the most “uplifting” will be free hot air balloon rides for our students. (See what we did there?)

FREE Hot Air Balloon Rides!

Wednesday, August 29


FRCC’s Westminster Campus

(3645 West 112th Avenue)



  • The balloons will remain tethered, but will rise 50 feet into the air—in honor of the college’s 50 years of supporting students.
  • Representatives from news media outlets are encouraged to attend. Please contact PR Director Jessica Peterson if you’d like to make arrangements for interviews, etc. or (303) 404-5133.
  • Just look for the balloons on the far west end of campus—beyond the College Hill Library parking lot.

Why: To celebrate 50 years of supporting “Successful Lives and Strong Futures” in our community.

Come celebrate with us!

A Little History:

When the college first opened its doors to students in the fall of 1968, it was as the very first campus of the new Community College of Denver—eventually called the North Campus of CCD. More than 1,800 students crowded into two metal buildings with a very small faculty, and just a handful of program offerings.

What would eventually be known as the Westminster Campus opened in the fall of 1977. The first semester at the new solar-heated and -cooled building brought in 4,838 students. At the time, it claimed the title as the country’s largest solar installation. The school officially became known as Front Range Community College in the summer of 1983.

Fast Forward to 2018:

Things look a little different now that FRCC is the largest community college in Colorado. Today the college features:

  • Three campuses (plus several other locations for classes and labs).
  • A large selection of online courses.
  • Approximately 28,000 students.
  • More than 160 degrees and certificates.

FRCC is also the number one transfer institution for Colorado State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado, and other four-year colleges in the state.

This type of tremendous growth and improvement takes a lot of work. Over the last 50 years, many dedicated employees have helped make FRCC into what it is today. A lot of hard-working students have walked through our doors since 1968—striving to enrich their lives, and going on to accomplish great things. We are excited to celebrate how FRCC’s efforts have changed people’s lives and the communities we serve.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers more than 160 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 138,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities.

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