The Community College of Aurora has long been celebrated for its unique collegiate environment and course offerings. Today the college has over 40 degree and certification programs in a variety of fields and disciplines. For the convenience of its students, the school maintains two campuses: the Lowry Campus and the CentreTech Campus.
Perhaps best known for its programs specializing in the sciences and technology, some of its most celebrated programs are its computer certification courses as well as its medical and paramedic programs. The college seeks to ensure that all graduates are well prepared for their careers after leaving, whether they are entering the job market or continuing on to pursue a four-year degree. Students will not only spend time mastering their course material within the classroom, but will also gain valuable hands-on experience in their chosen field. For those who do wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree upon completion of their Associate’s degree, credits can easily be transferred to many four-year institutions.
The school offers an Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Business, Elementary Education, or Early Childhood Education. The Associate of Science Degree, Associate of Applied Science, and an Associate of General Studies Degree are also offered, with many subjects available.
Among the numerous departments, there are departments specializing in Communications, Mathematics, Business, and Art. A special Honors Program for students who have demonstrated a high intellectual aptitude and curiosity, and who wish to explore some of the content matter of their curricula more thoroughly.
Certificates that can be earned quickly, usually in a year or less, are available. Many working professionals come here to earn one in order to advance in their careers by gaining new skills, or use them to brush up on requirements for a technical career. A vast selection of certificates are listed by the college, so be sure to check their website and see if they have the certification available that you need.
Online learning is very popular here. There are four kinds of online classes available which include: full, hybrid, open entry, and self-paced. Students can have the option of completed their degree completely on the web or can attend traditional classes with assignments due online. The open entry and self paced versions allow students more flexibility by having them enroll into the semester and start when they are available.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Applications are available online at the school’s official website. While all applicants are required to fill out an official application, the college maintains an open door admissions policy. Thus all interested students are essentially guaranteed admittance. As a result of the open door policy, acceptance letters will only be sent to Military applicants and non Colorado residents (for residency status updates related to tuition payments). Any student may request an acceptance letter through contacting the Enrollment Services Office. For international students, an International Student Advisor is assigned to help with admissions and enrolling procedures.
High school students may enroll, but must do so in one of two ways. Those enrolling under the PSEO Act need to complete the information packet provided by their school and to then apply for admission and meet with an academic advisor. Those high school students who wish to enroll in the Community College of Aurora, but who are not doing so under the PSEO Act, must first apply for admission. They must then proceed to complete the college placement test, submit an ACT or SAT score which meets the minimum requirement, or submit a signed letter from their high school with course recommendations. After fulfilling one of these requirements, they may then proceed to meet with an advisor.
A Student Finance Department was created to help students and potential students to find the right avenue to finance their education. Over the past decade, the college has worked to increase the accessibility of the resources required to apply for financial aid as well as to help simplify the usually complicated process of applying for financial aid. The school now provides matriculates with numerous resources, including a friendly, knowledgeable financial aid staff which is available to meet with students individually.
The Financial Aid Application is also available for free online at the school’s official website, along with the corresponding instructions. Information about the relative prices of different courses and general school fees is also available on the school’s official website. Also at the school’s website, students will find contact information for the Financial Aid Office, as well as a listing of Frequently Asked Questions and an official CCA Financial Aid Handbook.
Among the unique programs available for students, the extracurricular programs provided through the Office of Student Life are perhaps some of the most popular with the student body. The Office of Student Life works annually to continue to develop programs to meet the evolving needs of the ever-changing student body. Today the programs provided include cultural-ethnic events as well as a series of wellness programs. The school also boasts an international student association, a men’s soccer club, a men’s basketball club, a multi-cultural student alliance, and the Alpha Pi Pi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The school does not participate in organized league sports with other schools, but students can join the following intramurals:
Men’s and Women’s Basketball
Men’s and Women’s Softball
Men’s and Women’s Volleyball
Accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission.
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