CCA is an accredited community college with campuses in Aurora and Denver Colorado

Alumni Success

Lisa Gilliard

Title: 
Government Product Specialist
Company/Organization: 
Denver Health

Lisa Gilliard

Lisa came to CCA after graduating from high school. She attended part-time as she was working and raising her daughter while in college. At CCA, Lisa completed her general studies courses and received her associate degree so she could transfer to a four-year college. Her plans came to fruition, and Lisa was able to transfer to the University of Denver where she studied at the Lamont School of Music. Lisa’s time at CCA helped her finish her bachelor’s quickly. “I was able to complete my work in two and a half years,” she states. At D.U., Lisa not only attained her bachelor’s in Music, but a minor in business as well.

Today, Lisa is a licensed Life and Health Producer for a health plan in Denver. “I work on their Medicare line of business, handling enrollments, disenrollments, compliance issues, premiums, and reporting.” On top of it all, she finds time to work in music, teaching violin and viola for Cherry Creek schools in the afternoons and evenings.

 

Kathleen Ryan Morgan

Title: 
Director of Finance & Administration
Company/Organization: 
University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Campus

Kathleen Ryan Morgan

Kathleen attended Community College of Aurora where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and received her associate degree in foreign language. She states, “My AA helped me gain entry into Metro State University of Denver where I studied both business and language.” Kathleen graduated from Metro with flying colors, receiving her bachelor of science in business, management and marketing.

Now Kathleen works at CU Denver in the Department of Dermatology where she oversees 39 clinician/scientists and has many important responsibilities – including a $25 million annual budget. When talking about her position, she says that “understanding language, diversity and culture are essential,” and that her time at CCA “was of great benefit.” 

 

Michael Wright

Title: 
Director of Enterprise Architecture (Information Technology)
Company/Organization: 
City & County of Denver

Michael attended the Community College of Aurora after he had already graduated from Metro State with a bachelor’s degree. While working for Denver International Airport as the Chief Technology Officer, Michael decided he wanted to further his IT career. So he enrolled at CCA and got an associate degree in Computer Information Systems to compliment his previous education.

"My education at CCA was very applicable to the skills I needed at that time. That was critical to my success." Michael says. "Getting my degree in CIS from CCA really helped me move up the ranks, and now I have held C level and Director positions."

 

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