3 reasons you need to take Spanish

Learn Spanish at CCA in Colorado1. Enhance your career
Knowledge of a foreign language – especially Spanish and Chinese – is one of the skills employers want in job candidates. A couple of years ago, the University of Phoenix Research Institute surveyed a group of employers on what skills were in demand or were going to be in demand in 10 years. Knowledge of Spanish was identified by 70% of the employers. Globalization is not a buzzword, but a reality in the Aurora community. According to the 2010 census, almost 30% of the Aurora population is Hispanic. And 21% of the population only speaks Spanish

You don’t need to be bilingual to carry out a conversation in Spanish. You just need to be functional and have the basic skills to solve the problem. Spanish courses can provide the edge you need to help your career. If you speak some Spanish, you have a powerful differentiator working to your advantage and will be viewed as an asset to potential employers. In most any field, speaking some Spanish will give you an upper hand.

2. Earn your bachelor’s degree
Most Colorado universities require one year of a foreign language prior to graduation. You can meet this requirement at CCA by taking two of our Spanish courses. Spanish 111 and Spanish 112 are courses accepted by most, if not all, Colorado universities, although they are not considered guaranteed transfer (GT) courses. On the other hand, Spanish 211 and 212 are GT courses.

Upon completion of these four classes, you’ll earn the CCA Language Achievement Certificate. These four courses also are part of the Associate of Art degree with Spanish designation, which transfers in its totality to any Colorado four-year college or university. If you are a person who grew up speaking Spanish at home, you are considered a Heritage Speaker. As such, you can potentially test out of the first four courses and move straight to Spanish 235 and Spanish 275, which also are part of the AA with Spanish designation. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of a skill you already possess.

Featuring CCA Spanish Instructor, Lourdes Huici-Clever

3. Strengthen your learning ability
Learning Spanish helps you develop your thinking abilities, since you have to engage and develop your problem-solving, analytical and organizational skills. Spanish, contrary to public opinion, is one of the most structured and logical subjects you can learn. Additionally, skills and knowledge gleaned in CCA Spanish courses transfer to other subjects.
That’s because we also incorporate strategies that help you succeed in college and life. Some of them are self-awareness, goal-setting, motivation, and time management. We make sure that you acquire abilities to study smart, not hard. And we do all this in small groups that allow us to dedicate quite a bit of individual attention to you. You are not just one more student in our classes. We know who you are and what you need to be successful.

For information on taking Spanish at CCA, contact Ana Martin-Mejia

About the Author

Ana has served as faculty in the World Languages Department since Fall 2008, teaching all levels of Spanish. Prior to joining CCA, Martin-Mejia was part of the faculty at the University of Texas-Arlington, served as an adjunct at Metro State University and was an instructor at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. She also earned masters degrees in Latin American studies from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. and in teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from Universidad Antonio De Nebrija in Madrid. She earned her bachelor’s in Spanish Literature from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  


  1. Paul Gallaher

    March 10, 2014

    Last Spring I took Spanish 112 from Ana. What a great class! Now I am studying for my BSN and have been using Spanish language skills with local clinical patients that do not speak English. Talk about practical!

    • Ana Martin-Mejia

      March 28, 2014

      !Hola Paul!

      You just made our point! This is a practical and needed skill in the community!

      Thanks for sharing your own experience.

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