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Business / Community Partnerships

Business and community partners are essential to helping to ensure CCA provides accessible, relevant, high-quality education. Whether offering program input, providing internships and job opportunities, or collaborating on concurrent enrollment and college transition, CCA relies on partners’ expertise, resources and shared commitment to the value of higher education for career growth and advancement.

Advisory Boards 

CCA engages business and community leaders to serve on advisory boards/committees for each of its career and technical education programs. These boards provide information on community needs, guidance on program planning and content, and help to ensure the relevance of programming to meeting employer and workforce needs. 

CCA’s advisory boards guide the following programs:

  • Business administration, accounting, human resources and marketing
  • Computer information systems, IT tech and support, networking and programming
  • Criminal justice
  • Diesel power mechanics
  • Early childhood education
  • Emergency medical services
  • Film/video acting, cinematography/videography, post-production, writing, directing and producing
  • Fine art
  • Fire science technology and fire services management
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Paralegal

For additional information or if you are interested in serving on one of our committees, please contact CCA’s Academic Affairs Division at 303-361-7380.

Aurora Sister Cities

The Community College of Aurora is a partner and supporter with the City of Aurora, the Aurora Chamber, and Visit Aurora of Aurora Sister Cities International.  ASCI promotes Aurora as a global city through partnerships with carefully selected cities worldwide to encourage international trade, and cultural and educational exchange. Aurora’s sister cities now include Adama, Ethiopia, and Seongnam City, South Korea. CCA hosted a visit to campus by a delegation from Adama in 2014 and a college faculty member was a member of the Aurora delegation to Adama in 2015.

Center for Workforce Development

Community College of Aurora (CCA) and The Learning Source (TLS) are partnering to offer Adult Basic Education and GED® preparation classes at the Center for Workforce Development on the Lowry Campus. The GED® test evaluates your skills and knowledge in four different subjects: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Math.
For additional information regarding enrollment into the ABE/GED program, contact:
Janet Paulson, Program Coordinator

For general information regarding the Center for Workforce Development, contact:
Anne Petti, Director

Or Barbara Guion, Program Assistant

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment is an initiative where high school students can take CCA classes and earn both college and high school graduation credits simultaneously. In May 2009, the Colorado State Legislature passed the Concurrent Enrollment Programs Act in order to increase access, improve quality, ensure accountability, and strengthen collaboration between K-12 and post-secondary higher education institutions. 

CCA serves over 3,000 concurrent enrollment students annually through active partnerships with the following school districts:

  • Adams 14 School District
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Cherry Creek School District
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Jefferson County Schools

For additional information, please contact CCA's Academic Affairs Division at 303-361-7380.

Special Projects

Some CCA classes have capacity to take on special projects for businesses and nonprofit organizations as one means of incorporating real-world business challenges, client needs analysis and solution design, and project management into the teaching and learning process. The business or nonprofit organization, in turn, receives high-quality, low-cost expertise and services delivered by CCA students, supported by faculty expertise.

Previous projects have involved web site and graphic design work, business plan development, and marketing strategies. For additional information, please contact Victor Vialpando, Dean, School of Professional Studies and Sciences at





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