Community College of Aurora Fact Sheet

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Founded in 1983

The Community College of Aurora offers degrees and certificates to equip students with relevant learning that allows them to realize their potential. Students graduate ready to move to the next step in their lives, whether transferring to a four-year institution or beginning a new career.

Located in Aurora, the third largest city in Colorado, CCA serves more than 600,000 residents in a service area that spans portions of three counties (Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver). CCA’s student population reflects the rich diversity of the community and contributes to the economic stability of the surrounding area.

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President: Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven

Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven assumed duties as president in December 2013 after a lengthy list of accomplishments as Vice President of Student Affairs beginning in August 2011. In that latter capacity, she oversaw the college’s student service departments, which includes Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Life. Dr. Oudenhoven brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to CCA, and has worked at four-year public state universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York; a four-year private university in Illinois, and four different community colleges. Dr. Oudenhoven received a Ph.D. in higher education from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s in counseling and guidance from the University of Colorado, and a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY.

Signature/Unique Programs:

CCA is small enough to get to know students, and big enough to offer numerous courses of study to meet educational goals. CCA signature programs include:

  • Nationally-recognized Emergency Medical Service program
  • Paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association
  • Career-ready Art & Design, Business, and Computer Science programs
  • Prominent Science programs leading to degree programs at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Career PATHS Center offering work experience, internships, and increased employability:


Graduates of the Translation and Interpretation Certificate program can enter the workforce as interpreters and/or translators in the fields of medicine, law, and education, among others.


Regularly cited by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the “25 Best Film Schools in the World,” Colorado Film School offers students real-world experience in film video. CFS students have the unique opportunity to gain experience using the industry’s most advanced cameras early in their programs.


CCA and the University of Colorado College of Nursing offer a unique program that leads to dual diplomas – a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from CU and an Associate of General Studies from CCA.


CCA’s ESL Healthcare Bridge program preps non-native English speaking students to take prerequisite classes for healthcare-related programs. Advancing a student’s written and verbal communication skills in English while studying healthcare content is at the program’s core. Courses are designed to cover the most common areas of difficulty so that students will succeed: learning medical terminology, writing in an academic style related to healthcare, understanding healthcare careers, and communicating effectively in a healthcare context. Four classes are team-taught by an instructor in Health Sciences and College ESL.


CCA’s Disaster Management Institute (DMI) features a fully functional Emergency Operations Center to train CCA students and working professionals to manage simulated disasters of all types and sizes. The Institute serves as a model for interagency collaboration and workforce training and is key to CCA’s Emergency Medical Provider and Public Service programs.

Cutting-edge Endeavors

Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers

NASA’s Office of Education selected a Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) proposal allowing CCA students to compete for scholarships for summer internships at NASA centers and the RockOn! Workshop at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Selected students have the opportunity to visit a NASA facility and, during a six-day span, learn the basics of payload building and integration on a rocket. Participants return to CCA for a year to gain and implement necessary skills before returning to Wallops for a second launch in the summer of 2016.

Giving a Potential Group of Future Leaders a Golden Opportunity

CCA held a Model United Nations to give students a real-life global experience. Now, the college is taking the experience to a new level as 17 students traveled in the spring of 2015 to the Model UN Conference in New York. More than 5,000 colleges and university students, more than half from outside the U.S., discussed current global issues. CCA was one of only four community colleges represented and its delegation was charged with solving three pressing world issues relevant to 21 simulated UN committees.

Putting the College Completion Agenda in a One-Stop Shop

CCA was one of three community colleges selected statewide as part of the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s Colorado Completes! campaign, which featured best practices in student retention, completion, and transfer. The Student Success Center is an initiative that puts all of the college’s retention programs in the same space with oversight from a single director. It offers advising and academic support, community engagement, and college visits for underserved populations.

Attempting to Close Achievement Gaps Through a Focused Approach to Learning

CCA has embarked on a project to discover impediments that may be adversely impacting its African-American population as part of a two-year venture designed to transform the college into an “equity-minded” institution. The overarching goal is to close achievement gaps between students of color and their peers, and to increase their retention, graduation, and transfer rates.


CentreTech Campus
16000 E CentreTech Parkway Aurora CO 80011-9036 Aurora Community College
Lowry Campus
710 Alton Way Denver CO 80230 Aurora Community College

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Academic Year 2016 Annual Enrollment Headcount:  10,529

Academic Year 2016 Instruction

  • Full-time Faculty: 54 (16.6%)
  • Adjunct Instructors: 272 (83.4%)

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