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Why CCA Was The Perfect Fit for Me

Students throwing their caps in their air

In a few days, I will be the first person in my family to hold a college degree. While my time at the Community College of Aurora may be finished, I feel like my academic journey is just beginning.

I think about where I will be next year, as I begin my final year of undergraduate studies, and I wonder what I will be doing. I think about the year afterwards, when I will be able to truly call myself an anthropologist, and I think about the kind of work I might find. As I think of the journey ahead of me, my thoughts turn to where I have been. Continue reading »

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CCA Live Blog – Follow Our Model United Nations Team in New York City

The Community College of Aurora Model United Nations team is in New York this week to participate in National Model United Nations.

AThe CCA Model UN Team inside the UN General Assembly Hall.ll week long we will update this blog with images, updates, thoughts, and other insight from CCA students and staff as we join them on their journey. Keep following this space for periodic updates. You can also follow the CCA Model UN Facebook page for more live updates.

Updated 3/27:

CCA’s Model United Nations team is back from successfully bringing home another Honorable Mention award from the National Model United Nations conference in New York City last week. Below are some thoughts from some of the team members about their experiences: Continue reading »

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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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Bridge Program Provides On-Campus College Experience for High School Students

Instructor Susan Stabinfil speaks to high school students as part of the CCA summer bridge program.Attending CCA for eight weeks has opened the eyes of Alejandro Faiffer about what college truly can be.

Alejandro, who will be a senior at Vista Peak Preparatory High School this fall, is taking an English course at CCA as part of a summer bridge program offered to students attending Aurora Public Schools.

Before taking the English class, Alejandro had a preconceived notion that college was just boring lectures. But the CCA experience has been anything but, he said. His instructor, Susan Stafinbil, has been more helpful in the class than he anticipated, encouraging conversation and ideas. “She was always really open to questions; a teacher who was like a friend,” he said.

And that respect is important, he said. “Here, they treat you like you’re an adult, Alejandro said. “Here they really help you out.”

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