A letter from President Nancy J. McCallin, Ph.D.
Welcome to the Web site for the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the state’s largest and fastest growing system of higher education. Our colleges are exciting, dynamic institutions that allow you to pursue your dreams and achieve your goals. We welcome everyone who desires an education or seeks to enhance their knowledge and skills. We are the primary doorway for freshmen and sophomores entering Colorado’s higher education. Our colleges are less concerned with where you’ve been than where you want to go and our fundamental goal is making certain that every student receives the individual attention he or she deserves. Our talented instructors are hired to teach and only to teach. Our classes are kept small to ensure that the student-teacher relationship remains vigorous and energetic.
Within this Web site, you can find links to our 13 community colleges as well as the Colorado Community College Online (CCCOnline). We have information on career and technical education, business and workforce development, and resources for educators and administrators.
Thank you for your interest in the Colorado Community College System, the first step on the exciting journey into higher education.
If you have any concerns, questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at President@CCCS.edu.
Dr. Nancy McCallin
Colorado Community College System
Dr. Nancy J. McCallin is the President of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). As CCCS President, Dr. McCallin leads the state’s largest system of higher education, which serves more than 138,000 students annually. The Colorado Community College System has career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions. Under her leadership, the community colleges reformed developmental education, created 34 seamless transfer agreements to four-year institutions, gained legislative approval to offer Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, a master’s degree for the Physician’s Assistant program, and saved families $90 million in tuition by offering concurrent enrollment college credit opportunities to more than 20,000 high school students.
Before coming to CCCS, Dr. McCallin served for six years as the executive director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, a cabinet level position. As state budget director, she was responsible for budget policy and resource allocation for the state’s $14 billion budget.
For a decade prior to her role as Colorado’s budget director, Dr. McCallin was chief economist for the Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly. From 1981 to 1989, she was an economist with United Banks of Colorado, Inc. (now Wells Fargo) where she was responsible for analyzing and forecasting national, state, and mountain region economies.
Currently, Dr. McCallin serves on the board of the College Board, the American Council on Education as Secretary of the board, Executive Council Member of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges, the Colorado Equity in Excellence Advisory Board, and the Volunteers of America board. She is a member of The College Board’s Community College Advisory Council, the Colorado State Governor’s Education Leadership Council, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Denver World Affairs Council, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Concern, the Women’s Forum, and Claremont McKenna College’s Pioneers Steering Committee.
Previously, Dr. McCallin served as commissioner on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission, chair and board member of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, board and executive council member of the National Association of State Budget Officers, board member and executive committee member of the National Association of Business Economists, board member of the Institute of International Education, president of the Denver Association of Business Economists, and commissioner on the Information Management Commission of the State of Colorado.
Dr. McCallin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College, and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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.
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
INDEPENDENT STUDY: The Economic Contributions of the Colorado Community College System
- Fact Sheet: Overview of Findings (PDF download)
- Main Report: 87-page in-depth analysis of Investment Effectiveness and Economic Growth (PDF download)