Community College of Denver Fact Sheet


Founded in 1967

Community College of Denver:
An Excellent Education in a Vibrant Urban Setting

Located in the heart of downtown Denver on the 150 acre Auraria Campus, CCD is a leading point of entry for students seeking an associate degree, academic transfer, career and technical education or workforce training. A diverse postsecondary institution, CCD serves a large population of international students from over 40 countries. Additionally, we have been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2000. Students who are first in their families to attend college appreciate CCD’s personalized support and small class sizes. Recent high school graduates love the city-based Auraria Campus accessible via RTD light rail and bus system. Students with children and/or jobs rely on CCD’s flexible schedules. Veterans and other adults from a variety of life and career experiences appreciate the 100+ degrees and certificates that CCD offers in 44 programs to advance a current career or allow students to pursue a new one. Students wishing to transfer to a university appreciate the strong partnerships with Metropolitan State University and the University of Colorado-Denver that share the Auraria Campus. All CCD students rely on our affordable tuition, relevant education and industry-connected programs. CCD, Start Here. Go Anywhere!
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President: Dr. Everette Freeman

Dr. Freeman’s passion for academia and student success is evidenced in the 17 plus years he has spent in higher education leadership. He also served for 19 years as a faculty member at Rutgers University (NJ), Michigan State University (MI) and Case Western Reserve University (OH). In addition to his academic experiences, Dr. Freeman also worked in private industry and for the federal government. Dr. Freeman has been serving as president of CCD since November of 2013. Through his leadership, CCD opened the new 30,000 square foot Advanced Manufacturing Center, launched CCD’s Strategic Planning Initiative and was instrumental in launching CCD’s first Bachelor of Science program in Dental Hygiene. Dr. Freeman earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Foundations at Rutgers University, a Master of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Economics from Antioch College.

Signature/Unique Programs:

While CCD offers a multitude of degrees and programs of study, CCD’s Applied Science degree is noteworthy for successfully preparing graduates for a number of transfer opportunities to the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado-Boulder’s highly ranked engineering programs. Other signature programs are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing

    Machining, Welding and Engineering Graphics concentrations prepare students for in-demand jobs in manufacturing, infrastructure and energy industries.

  • Dental Hygiene Program

    Students in CCD’s Dental Hygiene program become the “prevention specialist” of the dental team and gain real-world experience at the CCD Dental Hygiene Clinic where they provide preventative and restorative services to patients. BAS students prepare for careers in Public Health or Clinical Teaching.

  • Graphic Design

    Award-winning program and faculty are consistently ranked among the highest in the Denver-metro area.

  • Integrated Nursing Pathways

    A Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing degree that begins at CCD and completes at the University of Colorado’s College of Nursing on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

  • Veterinary Technology

    CCD’s classes and labs train students for para-professional roles in a veterinary practice.

Student Success Programs:

College Pathways (Concurrent Enrollment, ASCENT and Early College)

CCD credentialed teachers/faculty teach college classes to over 1,800 Denver Public Schools students each year, allowing them to accumulate college credits at little or no cost while still in high school.

·        The Education Opportunity Center

Provides students with career exploration, federal financial aid application assistance, and scholarship search assistance. It also offers advising, first generation college student support, and workshops for student success (such as study skills and self-advocacy).

·        GED Online

A test site for GED testing online, CCD is now able to offer GED testing on campus, a great convenience to the students

·        TRIO

A federal outreach program for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds that provides a broad range of coordinated support services that contribute to dramatically improved student persistence and completion rates.

·        Urban Male Initiative

Created in response to declining numbers of men in college, the UMI program provides academic success and planning assistance and develops participants as ethically disciplined, morally wise and intellectually capable leaders.


Auraria Campus
1111 West Colfax Avenue Denver CO 80217-3363 Community College of Denver
Lowry Campus
1070 Alton Way Denver CO 80230 Community College of Denver
Advanced Manufacturing Center
2570 31st Street Denver CO 80216 Community College of Denver

Fall 2016 Student Facts:

The CCD Student

CCD’s CLASS OF 2015-16

1,100 degrees and certificates were awarded.

Academic Year 2015-16 Instruction

  • Full-time Faculty: 105 (27%)
  • Adjunct Instructors: 280 (73%)

Economic and Workforce Development Partners:

Center for Workforce Innovation

This innovative workforce partnership is led by Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), the Community College of Denver (CCD), Denver Transit Partners, and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. This collaborative partnership leverages existing training providers to train and place community members into careers in transportation and transit construction.