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Old 08-23-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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He will probably be going to school during the day Monday-Friday, working evening shift. Would you recommend living in Wheat Ridge? Can we find an apartment in the area around $1000/month? Maybe we should consider Colorado Springs if the rents are cheaper and he can find a job there? We really don't want to live in a busy area with lots of traffic.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:18 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Normally, I would tell you to draw a line between school (Aurora) and work (Commerce City) and live somewhere along that line.
Not in this case.
Except for Stapleton (which you cannot afford), everything along my line is crap.

Your budget is not high enough for Wheat Ridge, in my opinion. And, the commute to Aurora would be a nightmare.

Spend some time on Padmapper.com
Be sure to use the filters.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:30 PM
 
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So it looks like we would be better off with him going to school in CS and finding a job there? We could afford a little more rent but it would be tighter for us.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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So it looks like we would be better off with him going to school in CS and finding a job there? We could afford a little more rent but it would be tighter for us.
Can he consider other schools?
Arapahoe CC
Red Rocks CC
Front Range CC
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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Can he consider other schools?
Arapahoe CC
Red Rocks CC
Front Range CC
I'll check them out to see what Diesel Mechanic programs they have. Thanks!
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:07 PM
 
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Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) teaches diesel mechanics. Most classes are held at their Centennial Campus which overlooks the area of Fort Carson where the shops are. How cool is that.

Course list is here. It can take some doing to learn your way around their website, but the info is there.

A few classes are at the Falcon campus, out east of town but that's not a commuting problem.

For that campus you'd want to find something to rent in the area of Fountain, CO (the town, not the street of the same name). Use ppar.com or padmapper.com to find rentals. PPAR found 8 rentals under $1000 and most were townhouses, not just apartments. Fountain is home to a LOT of soldiers and airmen.

The area known as Security-Widefield is just north of Fountain and even closer to PPCC-Centennial and is also home to a lot of military personnel. PPAR found 15 rentals under $1000 in that area.

Commuting here is not a biggie as it is in the Denver Metro area, and there's tons more rentals further north of the areas I've mentioned.

If he can find work here this may be a best deal. Fall classes start next week, Spring classes start in early January (registration starts in Nov).
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) teaches diesel mechanics. Most classes are held at their Centennial Campus which overlooks the area of Fort Carson where the shops are. How cool is that.

Course list is here. It can take some doing to learn your way around their website, but the info is there.

A few classes are at the Falcon campus, out east of town but that's not a commuting problem.

For that campus you'd want to find something to rent in the area of Fountain, CO (the town, not the street of the same name). Use ppar.com or padmapper.com to find rentals. PPAR found 8 rentals under $1000 and most were townhouses, not just apartments. Fountain is home to a LOT of soldiers and airmen.

The area known as Security-Widefield is just north of Fountain and even closer to PPCC-Centennial and is also home to a lot of military personnel. PPAR found 15 rentals under $1000 in that area.

Commuting here is not a biggie as it is in the Denver Metro area, and there's tons more rentals further north of the areas I've mentioned.

If he can find work here this may be a best deal. Fall classes start next week, Spring classes start in early January (registration starts in Nov).
Great information, thank you! He was looking into Pike Peak actually and loved the program. I'll look into the Fountain and Security-Widefield areas.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:21 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Auto Mechanic School, Auto Tech Training, Automotive Technician Repair Programs in Colorado | Arapahoe Community College

Red Rocks has a join program with https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcosch...to-technology/

Automotive Technology Degree Colorado Community College - FRCC

These would all be easier commuting (work and school) than Aurora CC.

But, Mike's points are excellent.
Colorado Springs is cheaper.
Commuting is MUCH easier.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:03 PM
 
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Why are all of you offering such helpful advice? Aren't Colorado folks mean, or what (to paraphrase another active thread)? OP, explore the possibilities; with your husband's opportunities and experience, Colorado could be your oyster - welcome.
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Old 08-24-2013, 05:28 PM
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He will probably be going to school during the day Monday-Friday, working evening shift. Would you recommend living in Wheat Ridge? Can we find an apartment in the area around $1000/month? Maybe we should consider Colorado Springs if the rents are cheaper and he can find a job there? We really don't want to live in a busy area with lots of traffic.
No way would I recommend living in Wheat Ridge. I would suggest, as Delta07 recommended, getting the job transfer and then possibly later on looking for a job in the Springs if you decide that's where you want to go. I'll warn you, we came here thinking Springs, or Loveland/Ft. Collins, got jobs in Denver and decided to stay in the metro area.

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So it looks like we would be better off with him going to school in CS and finding a job there? We could afford a little more rent but it would be tighter for us.
No, I think you'd be way better off taking the transfer and getting established here first.
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