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CCA Grants and Awards

Department Program Support & Grants

Several departments at the Community College of Aurora have received grants to help its students realize their potential.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
Colorado Department of Education/AEFLA $948,054 7/1/17 6/30/20 GED Center for Workforce Development


Grant Description: This grant provides classes to prepare students to pass a high school equivalency exam (GED, TASC, or HiSET). Students study math, language arts, social studies, and science in preparation for the exam.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
Colorado Department of Education Adult Education & Literacy Grant $341,561 7/1/17 6/30/20 Healthcare Bridge Center for Workforce Development


Grant Description: 
This grant is designed to help students improve their basic skills and learn the skill sets needed to find an entry-level job on their career pathway. CCA’s program specifically trains students for customer service-oriented jobs in the healthcare field and to find employment on the Anschutz Campus in Denver, CO.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
Colorado Department of Higher/ Education State Grant to Libraries $4,500 10/1/18 6/30/19 Purchase Library materials Academic Affairs


Grant Description: Grant funds are used for educational materials in libraries supporting literacy and learning.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship $59,000 7/1/18 6/30/20 Scholarships Student Success Center


Grant Description: 
The Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program supports an innovative program at CCA designed to increase the number of students entering college from Aurora Public Schools who are seeking to complete certificate or degree through a junior and senior bridge program.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
NASA/Colorado Space Grant Consortium $43,883 6/1/17 4/30/19  STEM Pipeline Science


Grant Description: COSGC is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization involving 17 colleges, universities, and institutions in Colorado. This grant provides CCA students access to space through innovative courses and hands-on workshops, robotics, high altitude balloon, and rocket programs.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
National Science Foundation: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Pre-Alliance Planning $1,499,951 8/1/18 8/31/20 Metro College Collaboration STEM Pathways School of Professional Studies & Sciences


Grant Description: Metro Denver community colleges (Community College of Aurora, Red Rocks Community College, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College and Arapahoe Community College) aim to comprehensively support students' pathways in STEM to increase the transfer rates of underrepresented minority students. The pathways model will provide systemic support to students from their entrance into the community college, throughout their early coursework, and through their transfer to a 4-year institution and beyond.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
National Science Foundation S-Stem Scholarships $570,000 9/1/15 8/31/20 STEM Scholarships Science


Grant Description: The National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant awards full scholarships to students pursing a STEM-related degree at the Community College of Aurora.  

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
U.S. Department of Education Perkins $354,245 7/1/18 6/30/19 Career and Technical Education Program Support Academic Affairs


Grant Description: This grant supports programs that more fully develop the academic, career, and technical skills of students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs at postsecondary and secondary institutions through the Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
U.S. Department of Education Upward Bound $1,287,500 9/1/17 8/31/22 College Readiness Academic Affairs


Grant Description: The CCA Aurora West Upward Bound Project provides participants academic instruction, tutoring, and advising; information on financial aid options; assistance in completing financial aid applications; financial literacy education; and support with applying for college.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
U.S. Department of Education Regular TRiO SSS $1,099,990 9/1/15 8/31/20 Student Success Center Student Success Center


Grant Description: CCA’s Student Success Center received a five-year grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to help low-income and first-generation students earn a certificate or associate degree and transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor degree. TRiO students are assigned an advisor to help them navigate the college process and participate in workshops and supplemental tutoring to help them achieve their goals. The program serves 160 students.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
U.S. Department of Education ESL TRiO SSS $1,099,990 9/1/15 8/31/20 Student Success Center ESL Student Success Center - TRiO


Grant Description: CCA’s Student Success Center received a five-year grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This program is designed to help low-income and first-generation students whose primary language is not English to earn a certificate or associate degree and transfer to a four-year school to earn a bachelor degree. TRiO ESL students are assigned an advisor to help them navigate the college process and participate in workshops and supplemental tutoring to help them achieve their goals. The program serves 140 students.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
U.S. Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services  $50,000 10/1/17 9/30/19 Citizenship Classes TRiO Community ESL


Grant Description: CCA’s Community ESL Program, in collaboration with the Colorado African Organization and Lutheran Family Services-Rocky Mountains, obtained this grant from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services to expand citizenship classes offered at CCA at an affordable fee.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
U.S. Department of Labor Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) $3,969,442 7/1/16 6/30/20 Health, IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Child Care School of Professional Studies & Sciences


Grant Description: This grant funds the college’s “Access to Success” program through the USDOL’s Strengthening Working Families Initiative. The program will help parents obtain entry-level jobs in high-demand, high growth H-1B career pathways in healthcare, information technology and advanced manufacturing. In addition to technical career training, Access to Success will help parents overcome child care, academic, and financial barriers; obtain jobs in high growth industries; and pursue career advancement with a smooth transition off public benefits.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
Gary Community Investments $1,000,000 8/15/16 6/30/20 SWFI Match School of Professional Studies & Sciences


Grant Description: Provides leveraged funding to build out quality child care options in targeted communities through FFN training, employer engagement, and support of regional partnership and systemic change.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department
Xcel Energy $15,000 7/1/18 6/30/19 STEM Pipeline School of Professional Studies & Sciences


Grant Description: This grant helps the School of Professional Studies & Sciences build on the previous year’s grant, the STEM Pathways project, which will continue enrollment, retention, and completion through a focused academic support model that provides a dedicated staff of achievement coaches and academic advisors.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department

Colorado Department of Higher Education/
Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative:
Red Fox Pathways to Success

$150,000 8/1/18 6/30/20 Aurora Public Schools Matriculation Retention and Student Success


Grant Description: Red Fox Pathways expands pre-collegiate programming for Aurora Public Schools' students in concurrent enrollment classes and adds dedicated postsecondary support for COSI scholarship recipients enrolled at the Community College of Aurora.

Grant Name Award Amount Begin End Grant Focus/Purpose Department

Colorado Department of Higher Education: Talent Innovation and Equity (TIE) 

$60,000 2/20/18 10/31/19 Academic Affairs Office of the President


Grant Description: Funding will be used to expand the Equity in Instruction Leadership Academy for adjunct instructors at the Community College of Aurora. The expansion allows adjunct instructors to access tangible and applicable equity-oriented teaching and learning practices. 

 


List updated as of 8/30/18

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