About the Colorado Community College System

The State's Largest System

The Colorado Community College System comprises the state’s largest system of higher education, with 13 colleges across Colorado serving approximately 144,000 students annually.

Our Mission

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the statewide pathway to individual achievement and economic vitality. Our system encompasses the collegiate sites on this map. We provide an accessible, responsive learning environment that facilitates the achievement of educational, professional and personal goals by our students and other members of our communities, and we foster an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity and innovation.

Fact Sheets

Learn More About CCCS and Each of Our Colleges with these Fact Sheets that provide an overview of the CCCS as a whole and the characteristics of each of our 13 institutions.

Strategic Plan

Our vision is that Colorado community colleges are unsurpassed at providing quality educational opportunities for all who aspire to enrich their lives. We have collaborated with our stakeholders to create a strategic plan that will help us achieve our vision via the attainment of four goals:

  • Transform the student experience
  • Transform our own workforce experience
  • Create education without barriers through transformational partnerships
  • Redefine our value proposition through accessibility, affordability, quality, accountability, resource development and operational excellence

 2015-2025 Strategic Plan (PDF download)

Our Campus

The Colorado Community College System office is located in the northeast quadrant of what was formerly Lowry Air Force Base, now known as Lowry Campus, about six miles southeast of downtown Denver. In 1993 the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE), which governs CCCS, was deeded 153 acres and 1 million square feet of building space at Lowry, and CCCS moved its headquarters and IT offices there in 2002. Some academic programs are also offered at Lowry Campus, including:

  • CCA Solar Energy Program
  • Police Academy
  • Film & Video
  • Computer and Science Programs
  • CCA and CCD Health Sciences Programs
  • CCD Dental Clinic, which serves more than 600 patients annually

Plans for campus development include creation of large green space in the middle of campus and ongoing renovation of additional buildings for academic and administrative uses.

View Lowry Campus Map

Public meeting space is available at the Lowry Conference Center and CCCS Headquarters – President’s Conference Room and New Foundations Room. To find out more, visit the Lowry Conference Center.

Dr. Nancy McCallin, President

Dr. Nancy McCallin