Community College of Aurora Spring 2021 Semester Plan
Most spring 2021 classes at the Community College of Aurora will once again be offered online/remotely. This decision was made for two main reasons: 1) We want you to be able to continue your education safely, and 2) we want to do everything we can to minimize stress and disruption in your lives. Rather than start in-person and possibly have to transition to an online/remote format later in the semester, or vice versa, we want to give you a consistent and certain learning environment. This, we believe, is as important as anything for you and your families in these challenging times. The most important thing to note is that you’ll still receive the same high-quality instruction from the same high-quality instructors … the content will just be delivered in a different way.
CCA-specific updates will be posted to this page throughout the semester. Please check in when you can for scholarship and grant updates, messages from CCA’s leadership team, and other important information.
We understand that times are tough and want to do everything we can to help you either continue or start your college education. Please read on to learn more about how to apply to CCA, registration information, tuition-assistance opportunities, the three class types that will be offered in the spring, CCA’s on-campus health and safety protocols, and the support services you can expect as a spring student at CCA.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about anything not addressed below, CCA is hosting informational Zoom sessions every week. You can sign up for one—or more—of those Zoom sessions here. CCA's Academic Affairs team also held a Q&A Zoom session on November 2 to address some frequently asked questions about the spring semester. You can watch a recording of that Zoom session here.
Applying to CCA
If you haven’t yet applied to CCA, you can apply online anytime. The application is free and easy to complete. If you need help applying, you can call 303-360-4918 or email email@example.com.
Registering for Classes
CCA is giving $500 cash grants to 1,200 students enrolled at CCA for the spring 2021 semester. Register for classes and apply for your $500 today! Apply for the $500 cash grant.
In order to support all of our students, CCA has identified institutional funding for students who are not eligible for CARES Act funding. Students can receive up to $500 in institutional scholarship monies. Funding distribution will begin after February 3, 2020. Apply for the Institutional Scholarship.
There are scholarships for new and current students, scholarships for certain areas of study, demographic-specific scholarships, and others. Please be sure to take a look at and apply for these scholarships. The spring scholarship application period is now open and continues through November 30.
Also, if your job and/or earnings were impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a $500 COSI Career Connections Scholarship. This scholarship is designed to help you retool your skills, earn a new credential, and advance in one of Colorado’s top career fields. Please fill out this form if you’re interested in this scholarship.
It’s our hope that these tuition-assistance opportunities will provide a bit of relief in these challenging times and help you stay on your educational path.
Spring Classes at CCA
Three class types will be offered in the spring: remote, hybrid, and online. You can learn more about those class types here. The class schedule will identify which classes are remote, which are online, and which are hybrid.
On-Campus Health and Safety Protocols
If and when you’re on campus in the spring, please be sure to follow the health and safety protocols outlined below. These requirements are based on guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Tri-County Health Department.
Before coming to campus, do a thorough personal assessment and ask yourself these three questions...
- “Am I displaying any COVID-19 symptoms?”
- Symptoms include fever above 100.4, tiredness or fatigue, chills, muscle pain, cough, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, headache, and sore throat. If you’re displaying any of these symptoms, please don’t come to campus and instead contact a healthcare provider or the Tri-County Health Department (303-220-9200) for further information and to inquire about COVID-19 testing. You may return to campus only after you are symptom-free and have had a temperature below 100.4 for at least three consecutive days.
- “Do I have a family member or household member who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms?”
- If yes, don’t come to campus and instead contact a healthcare provider or the Tri-County Health Department (303-220-9200). Also, be sure to contact the Dean of Students office (303-360-4771) for information and instructions regarding course options.
- “Have I been knowingly exposed to anyone with COVID-19?”
- If yes, don’t come to campus for 14 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, contact a healthcare provider or the Tri-County Health Department (303-290-9200).
While on campus, you must...
- Wear a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth when inside any campus building or when interacting within six feet of another person outside of buildings. If you’re not wearing a face covering, you must have an approved accommodation (see below). Face coverings may include a purchased or homemade mask, scarf, bandana, gaiter, or handkerchief. If you don’t have a face covering, you can get one at either of the Welcome Centers on the CentreTech (Administration Building, main entrance) or Lowry (West Quad, south entrance) campuses.
- Practice appropriate social distancing of at least six feet between yourself and others.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and/or use the hand sanitizer available throughout both campuses.
- Cover coughs or sneezes using a disposable tissue or your sleeve or elbow.
- If you demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms, you must report this to your course instructor, return home, and contact a healthcare provider.
Taking a break...
Wearing a face covering for an extended period can be taxing, and you may need to take an occasional break. Before removing your face covering, you must go outside and away from building entrances. Once you’ve removed your face covering, you must continue to practice appropriate social distancing.
When interacting with others...
- If a person isn’t wearing a face covering while on campus, kindly remind them of the requirement to wear one. Students and potential students who can’t wear a face covering due to a disability or health reasons should seek an exemption or accommodation by contacting the Office of Disability and Equity (303-340-7548) while visitors should contact Human Resources (303-360-4934).
- Individuals who have received an approved accommodation or exemption from wearing a face covering can refer any questions they receive from others on campus to Human Resources (303-360-4934) or the Dean of Students’ office (303-360-4771).
- If someone is refusing to wear a face covering absent a medical reason, please notify the Dean of Students’ office (303-360-4771) if the person is a student or Campus Security (CentreTech 303-360-4727, Lowry 303-419-5557) if the person is a visitor.
- A person who is uncomfortable with others’ lack of facial covering or social distancing may excuse themselves from participating in class or another activity.
Lastly, if and when you’re on campus, you’ll notice arrows on floors inside buildings indicating which direction you should walk, 30 hand-sanitizing stations set up throughout CCA’s campuses for your use, plexiglass at the Welcome Center desks to help prevent the spread of germs, and disinfecting-wipe stations to clean copiers and computers before and after your use.
Support Services You Can Expect
A variety of virtual and in-person services will be offered throughout the semester. If you have any questions about anything, teams across CCA are holding weekly Zoom sessions to help get you the information you need. You can learn more about those Zoom sessions here.