Join Us In Changing The Way Colorado Goes To College

#SupportCCs

You can help our collective efforts to ensure our institutions have the resources they need to deliver high-quality, innovative post-secondary education and workforce training that is affordable for all Coloradans by staying informed and championing the good work we do for communities across the state.

Become a part of our growing community of advocates – made up of students, employees, alumni, donors, partners, and friends!

  • Spread the word! Talk to your neighbors, friends, family and co-workers about the importance of having a certificate or degree in today’s economy and the value community colleges provide in delivering a great education at half the cost.
  • Plug into apprenticeship, internship and externship opportunities for students. Help equip the next generation of talent with the skills they need to succeed in your industry. Learn more about our apprenticeships and ways to engage here.
  • Share your personal community college success story, and help students understand – from an early age – the importance of finding a higher education pathway that supports their dreams. Submit your story here.
  • Engage with your local community college. Find out how you can support CCCS College efforts to provide more Coloradans pathways to a more successful future. Explore our 13 unique colleges here.
  • Invest in the future. Join us in helping students achieve their educational goals by contributing to the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges. Learn more about how you can impact a deserving student's academic journey here.
  • Write to your local, state and federal representatives and tell them you support equitable, affordable, and accessible higher education and workforce training provided by Colorado’s community colleges. You can find state and federal legislators by college region on our Public and Legislative Affairs page here.

What is Your WHY?

Share what motivates you in wanting to change the way students experience college and why you #supportCCs. Directions: Download this PDF, write in Your WHY, take a picture holding your sign, and post it to your social media using the hashtag: #supportCCs.

Don’t have social media or need assistance posting? We’re here to help.
  • If you are able to get as far as printing and taking a photo with your sign, email your image to us at CCCS.Communications@cccs.edu and we will post it for you
  • If navigating technology isn’t your thing or if you don't have access to a printer, don’t worry. You can submit your why statement via email here: CCCS.Communications@cccs.edu.

#supportCCs

Tweet and Share Your Support for Community Colleges
Tell Colorado leadership why it is imperative to #supportCCs! An investment in our community colleges is an investment in our shared priorities -- and in Colorado's future.
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  1. The success of Colorado rests on the success of our community colleges: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs. #supportCCs
  2. CCCS’s 13 Colleges are key to closing our state’s #skillsgap and powering its economic recovery: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs. #supportCCs
  3. The positive impact of the CCCS is undeniable. Investment in our students is the best investment we can make for our state’s future: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs. #supportCCs
  4. Education is a tool, not just a goal. With affordable, high-quality programs, CCCS’s 13 Colleges provide students supportive pathways to meet their goals and achieve upward economic mobility: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs. #supportCCs
  5. Community colleges are vital for thousands of Coloradans seeking to achieve the American Dream: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs. #supportCCs
  6. Community colleges are a ladder for upward mobility to the middle class: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs. #supportCCs
  7. Post-secondary education and workforce training are fundamental to reviving our economy and strengthening our workforce, which is why we must #supportCCs: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs.
  8. Only through smart, on-going state investment in community colleges will our state be able to successfully recover and be a place where all Coloradan’s have the opportunity to thrive: bit.ly/cccs_supportccs. #supportCCs

WHY COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE SO CRITICAL

A Supportive Ladder to Achieving the American Dream
A Supportive Ladder to Achieving the American Dream
For millions of Americans, community colleges are vital for upward mobility into the middle class. Community colleges serve more so-called “nontraditional” students than four-year colleges – those likely to be older, enrolled part-time because they are likely to also be working and/or supporting a dependent, servicemembers and veterans, dislocated workers, or first in their family to experience the college journey.
Graph of population of under represented students at 2-year and 4-year institutions. Email cccs.communications@cccs.edu for more information
Almost half of all students who complete a bachelor’s degree begin their academic journey at a community college. Those who transfer to a four-year college or university often outperform the students who started at those same schools. Simply put, our students gain in-demand skills, get jobs, earn competitive wages, and enjoy fulfilling lives.
The Great Equalizer – Access, Affordability, Opportunity
Community colleges’ student population is diverse in every sense of the word and they must adjust their approach to serve all students well. Students always arrive with big ambitions but varying degrees of resources and academic readiness. So it is up to community colleges to ensure that every student has an equal chance of achieving their goals – ensuring individuals of any class have a shot at success and are equipped to compete in today’s competitive workforce.

"Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men -- the balance wheel of the social machinery."
- Horace Mann, pioneering American educator, 1848

Getting to and through college is not always a straight path – and good jobs increasingly require some level higher education. The leveling power of community colleges, compared to traditional four-year colleges, offer several important advantages for students:
  • an open admission policy, making it easier to enroll regardless of their prior academic preparation and record;
  • lower tuition and fees, as well as savings on room and board for campuses with housing;
  • relevant programs that align with business and industry demand;
  • close proximity to home for students; and
  • flexible curriculum and class schedules that greatly support working adults.
Economic Payoffs for Students, Communities, & Nation
Community colleges are rapidly evolving to support today’s student, and are needed now more than ever to keep America competitive. Though cost of attending college has increased nationwide, a certificate or degree’s still yields higher earning potential. Those who continue their education beyond high school don’t just earn more money, they serve our communities through critical research, essential care, and innovations. They’re equipped to enter the workforce qualified to contend in competitive industries.
Graph comparing college investment to financial investments. Email cccs.communications@cccs.edu for more information
Data for Colorado higher education institution show that Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees and 1 to 2-year workforce certificates both have higher wage premiums than Bachelor’s degrees early in one’s career. AAS degrees also have a higher wage premium than Bachelor’s degrees five years after graduation. This finding underscores the importance of shorter-term applied degrees to students and our state. Student Unit Record Data System (SURDS) data linked to Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wage Records. Email cccs.communications@cccs.edu for more information

OUR GOALS

CCCS and the State of Colorado share the same priorities:
Increase Credential Completion
Nearly three quarters of jobs in Colorado will require some level of education beyond a high school diploma. As our economy continues its rapid shift to information services and technology, community colleges are critical, now more than ever in preparing individuals for jobs that require greater analytical and interactive skills.
Erase Equity Gaps
CCCS made equity in access and outcomes for all student demographics a top priority. We serve the fastest growing student populations, including those with limited economic resources, many different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, refugees, veterans, working parents, and first-generation students.
Improve Student Success
CCCS is laser-focused on student persistence and completion through supportive pathways. By getting more students successfully across the finish line -- whether that be a 1 or 2-year workforce certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelors of Applied Science Degree, or transferring to a 4-year college or university -- we increase their chances of achieving a fulfilling career and increase our state’s economic vibrancy.
Invest in Affordability & Innovation
With annual tuition and fees of approximately $5,000, about 40% of average university tuition, over 63% of CCCS students graduate debt-free. CCCS is a leader in reimagining the college journey, implementing innovative systems and pathways that lower costs and put higher education in reach for all Coloradans.

See our CCCS At A Glance booklet to learn more about our impact and ways we save students time and money here.