A CCA internship can shape your future

An InterviewAt CCA we believe that a solid education is essential to truly excelling in a career, but the truth is, an education isn’t the only thing needed to succeed. Internships serve as a student’s first on-the-job experience that will provide hands-on training in their chosen field. This initial experience will accompany an education, making a well-rounded and desirable candidate. CCA’s formal internship program ran for the first time in the 2014 spring semester and is gearing up to offer this vital experience to any interested and motivated students.

CCA’s Internship Coordinator, Barbara Young is eager to help students obtain the skills they need to grow into a valuable employee. Beyond the typical work related experience an internship can provide, Young emphasizes the “understanding of those soft transferable skills, such as professional communication, dress, and how to network” which can ensure success in the workplace. Continue reading »

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Understanding the writing process

Young Man Doing Homework And Studying In College LibraryAs a sociologist, I’m fascinated by people. We’ll never know what it’s like to truly see the world from another’s point of view (unless we are Professor X), but well-written fiction and nonfiction has the power to challenge our perceptions. US Today recently found that the ability to write well is also an important job skill employers are increasingly looking for in candidates.

As an undergraduate student, I received the best writing advice I’ve ever heard – advice I still use today to organize my writing and lectures. I attended a special session on college writing during which the teacher summarized his writing advice in six words: “Tell me, show me and conclude.”

There you go! You are now magically better at writing! You’re not? Well okay, let me elaborate on how I’ve come to understand writing as a skill and where “Tell me, show me, conclude” fits into improving your writing. Continue reading »

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5 secrets of successful students

5 secrets of successful studentsSuccess is not a term that can be easily measured as it means something different to each person. Some envision a successful student as one who has pristine grades. Others may picture someone who excels at every test, but more often than not, a successful student is one that is motivated, passionate and constantly learning, which is a goal anyone can reach. There’s not a clear-cut formula for academic success, but there are a few ways to ensure that you make it through the semester without pulling your hair out. Continue reading »

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5 reasons you need an internship

5 reasons you need an intershipThe main reason to complete an internship is to be employment ready when you graduate. Internships offer students the chance to jumpstart their career with invaluable learning experiences and opportunities. Below are five ways you will become employment ready after successfully completing an internship:

1. Hands on learning
Apply what you have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. This will open your eyes to a whole new way of thinking and give you a more in-depth view of lessons learned in the classroom. I completed 3 internships while in college. Each of them gave me the opportunity to practice the skills and lessons I learned in class. Continue reading »

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6 reasons to take summer classes

6 reasons to take summer classesWith Spring Break just a week away, it’s pretty easy to start fantasizing about summer – the warm weather, adventures in the mountains, outdoor barbeques and all the sunshine imaginable. But have you ever considered taking just a bit of your free time and enrolling in summer classes? Registration for CCA’s summer courses opens April 7th, so now is the time to look into it. Here are six reasons why you should:

1. You can get ahead on your degree
Summer is the perfect time to take those pesky gen-ed courses and get them out of the way. That way come fall, you won’t have to worry about them, your course load will be lighter and you’ll be that much closer to graduation.

If you’re attending any public four-year college or university in Colorado, many of CCA’s summer classes are guaranteed to transfer to your school, so get your requirements completed here this summer! Continue reading »

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