Seven Questions to Think About Before You Transfer

Woman with illustrated question marks over her headSo you think you’re ready to transfer after graduation?

Are you sure? Take a moment to think about which four-year college you want to attend because you need to consider some important things such as finances, schedules, and what you plan to study.

We can help. The Community College of Aurora has resources and information ready to help you make your transfer decision easier. Check out the Transfer Fair on Nov. 2 at the CentreTech campus so you can meet with a representative from more than 20 four-year colleges and universities in Colorado and outside of the state. It’s a great way to get to know the college before you transfer!

Before you plan your transfer, think about these seven questions: Continue reading »

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Nine Easy Tips to Remember When You Fill Out Your FAFSA

FAFSA letters on top of a textbook with a piggy bank next to itDid you know that you can start filling out your FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year now?

And CCA is ready to help you and/or your parents fill it out! CCA will host FAFSA Rush again this year on Nov. 29 at our Lowry campus and on Dec. 13 at our CentreTech campus from 4 to 7 p.m. on each day. During FAFSA Rush, students and their parents can come to our campuses, use our computer labs to fill out the FAFSA, and CCA Financial Aid staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

The U.S. Department of Education has permanently moved the FAFSA application start date to Oct. 1 to give students and their parents more time to plan and pay for college. Students and/or their parents can now fill out the FAFSA using their 2015 tax returns or they can use the tax return for 2016 that they will fill out next year.

But before you start  the FAFSA application process, check out these nine tips from CCA Financial Aid Advisor Darin Wissbaum to make it easy and simple as possible to avoid any problems that could delay processing your application. Continue reading »

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Make Your Transfer a Success with Campus Tours, Transfer Fairs

Students on a campus tour at University of DenverCharlyne Brown is planning to transfer from CCA to a four-year college in fall 2017. But like many CCA students she is asking, “where do I go?”

She recently visited the University of Denver in September as part of the CCA Student Success Center’s Transfer Success Program, which sets up campus visits for CCA students at four-year colleges within Colorado.

While visiting DU, Charlyne discovered there is a foreign-language requirement that she was not aware of that could delay her pursuit of a business degree. Although Charlyne has not ruled out DU, the information she discovered during her campus visit was helpful.

“There is a comforting factor to know whether I want to be there or not,” Charlyne said. “I could see if it was a fit for me.” Continue reading »

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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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