Why take online art classes in Colorado?
It may not have the same immediate ring to it as Los Angeles or New York City, but Denver is an arts-centric city filled with thriving arts-related businesses. In fact, the state as a whole has one of the larger creative communities and economies in the country. As of January 2012, Colorado had nearly 22,000 arts-related businesses operating within its borders and those businesses employed more than 67,500 people across the state.
Those numbers indicate an excellent set of options for newly graduated online art students looking to get a start in a creative industry. As local businesses tend to be more familiar with local institutions, students who graduate from online art schools in Colorado and wish to remain in state may find a more cooperative job market when they set out starting their career.
Online Education in Colorado Overview
As a whole, the state of Colorado is definitely open to the idea of online education, but implementing the idea on a statewide scale has yet to take place. The state offers full-time enrollment in a virtual school to all of its students but only offers online individual courses to its high school students and there is not a lot of public funding set aside for those courses. Colorado Online Learning is a statewide program designed to ensure online education options for interested students and the state has adapted a process to approve digital learning providers.
Unfortunately, all of that progress was not enough to convince the national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now, that Colorado was ahead of the curve nationally when it came to virtual learning. The campaign still gave Colorado low scores in the infrastructure and quality of content categories, while also giving the state low scores in the funding and advancement categories.