How Academic Advising Helps Keep You on the Degree Path

A student talking with an adviser

When I first began classes at CCA in the fall of 2014, I felt overwhelmed. I didn’t know what classes I wanted to take, much less what major I wanted to declare. I hadn’t taken any classes since high school almost eight years before, and the only thing I knew was that I wanted to finish a four-year degree as quickly as possible.

This is where academic advising comes in. A good, dedicated advisor can help you navigate this process. The Student Success Center (located in the Student Centre Building) houses the Transfer Success Program and TRiO, both of which offer one-on-one advising. Continue reading »

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Start Your Career in Diesel Mechanics at CCA’s Open House

Greg Atencio, CCA Diesel faculty, teaches students during a class session.Whether you just finished high school or are several years removed from it, CCA’s Diesel Power Mechanics program offers a path to a job and in-demand career in one year.

Want to find out more?

The CCA Diesel Power Mechanics program will host two Open Houses on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23 that will offer opportunities to meet with faculty, ask questions, and enroll in the program.

And the program is geared to anyone, from those just starting their careers or those hoping to find a new one.

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Constitution Week Promises a Fun and Critical Look at the Constitution

American Flag and Constitution Graphics

During Constitution Week, CCA students can watch the movie, “The Campaign”, a comedy about two candidates running for the same office who will say or do anything to get elected.

Sound familiar?

The CCA screening of “The Campaign” on Tuesday, September 13 is one of two events CCA will host during Constitution Week to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. This year, CCA has added more events to help students better understand the Constitution, how it relates to their lives, and make it more accessible to them.

Constitution Week at CCA has traditionally featured a citizenship bowl that tested students on questions from the U.S. Citizenship exam to celebrate Constitution Day, which celebrates the signing of the Constitution in Sept. 17, 1787 by Congressional delegates from 12 states. (Here’s a test: Which state did not sign the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787?)


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20 Tips and Tricks for Your First Week at CCA

Students looking at the cameraIs this your first week at CCA? Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure about where to go or who to talk to?

You’re not alone; many of your CCA peers have been where you are before. Fortunately, they are willing to help you figure out what to do and where to go.

Read below for 20 tips and tricks veteran CCA students suggest for new students on how to navigate your way around and how to succeed and realize your potential here:

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How I Launched My Science Experiment Into Space

A rocket flies from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on June 24How many people can say that they built a payload that flew into space? Maybe the people at NASA can, but now even I can say that I built something that flew into space.

I launched my experiment on a rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in late June, joining hundreds of other college students who also sent their experiments into space.

My journey to Wallops began with a simple program application that allowed me to travel to Wallops as one of nearly 10 students from CCA selected to participate in RockOn!

Thanks to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, which is funded by NASA, I and other CCA students can participate in workshops that are usually beyond our reach and for that I am truly grateful.

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