2015-2016 Academic Catalog
In order to help ensure success in college-level courses, students should have developed basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. If the required assessment process indicates that a student does not have the necessary English, reading, or mathematics skills to succeed in college-level work, the student must enroll in college preparatory courses in these areas.
All pre-college work must be successfully completed within the first 30 semester hours at CCA. Although students receive grades and earn credit for pre-college level work, the credit does not apply toward the completion of a degree, and does not impact the GPA.
The Aurora Language Center (ALC) administers the college’s Community and College Preparatory English as a Second Language programs.
The ALC also offers resources and support for collaboration with the community and outreach to the area’s diverse population. The center provides life-skills, workforce, and academic-related English instruction to beginning and intermediate learners at the Lowry Campus. The director for the Community ESL Program can be reached at 303-340-7086.
The ALC College Preparatory Program offers basic, intermediate, and advanced Composition, Grammar, Reading, and Listening and Speaking courses, as well as Computer Basics for ESL students. These courses generally meet at the CentreTech Campus and focus on preparing students for college-level study. The courses follow the regular CCA academic calendar and award college credit. For more information, call the program chair at 303-340-7504 or the administrative assistant at 303-361-7369.
Students may be awarded credit for college-equivalent education acquired through non-traditional schooling, work, or other life experiences. Such prior learning must be comparable to Community College of Aurora courses and must relate to the student’s declared certificate or degree program as outlined in college publications. A handbook explaining credit for prior learning is available online at http://www.cccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Credit-for-Prior-Learning-Handbook.pdf. Payment must be made before assessment is undertaken and cannot be paid for with financial aid funds. Awarded credit may be used to meet Guaranteed Transfer (gt) courses. If credit for prior learning is applied to AA, AS, or AGS-articulated degree requirements, transfer guarantees may be affected. Consult your advisor or the institution you are transferring to for details.
A student relocating to another Colorado community college may have their prior learning credits transferred there as long as the course is applicable to the student’s declared degree or certificate. Students transferring to a college or university outside the state system of community colleges should contact that school to determine if CCA prior learning credits will be accepted. The Community College of Aurora does not guarantee transfer of credit outside the Colorado Community College System. Students may document prior learning through successful completion of any of the following:
CCA evaluates the results of standardized tests such as CLEP and DSST (formerly DANTES) for the possible awarding of credit. Official copies of the student’s scores must be sent by the testing service to the CCA Admissions, Registration and Records office. After evaluation, the student will be notified by the college if the scores were sufficient for the awarding of credit.
For information concerning minimum score and credit transferability, contact CCA's Credentials Evaluator at 303-360-4710.
CLEP and DSST testing services are available in the Community College of Aurora Testing Center. See Testing Services in the Services for Students section for more information.
Students may petition the college for credit by developing a portfolio that describes and documents relevant prior learning comparable to that gained in CCA courses. Faculty in the appropriate program area will evaluate the portfolio and award credit commensurate with the learning experience. No more than one portfolio evaluation for a particular course per student will be arranged during any one semester. Each course must be in the college curriculum and must be part of the student’s certificate or degree requirements. The cost for a portfolio evaluation is 50 percent of in-state tuition per credit hour (less the COF share of tuition) and payment must be made prior to the evaluation. Although credit for experience demonstrated by portfolio could count towards graduation from CCA, other colleges will have their own evaluation procedures for portfolio work and may not accept this credit in transfer.
Students may challenge a course, provided they are not enrolled in that course, by taking a comprehensive examination. Students must first meet with an academic advisor, then with their appropriate academic dean. No more than one challenge of a particular course will be arranged during any one semester. The cost is 50 percent of in-state tuition per credit hour (less the COF share of tuition) and payment must be made prior to the examination. Successfully completed challenge exams will count towards applicable CCA courses, but may not transfer outside of CCA. Please consult a CCA Academic Advisor or your transfer school for additional information.
Students desiring credit for formal training courses completed through the U.S. Armed Forces, corporate training programs or at other postsecondary education institutions may receive credit for these classes if they are listed in the American College of Education (ACE) guide, which is used by CCA to evaluate this type of prior learning. There is no charge for this method of evaluation.
Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism. Cheating is the unauthorized use of assistance with intent to deceive an instructor or any other individual responsible for evaluating a student’s work. The following are examples of unethical actions:
Plagiarism refers to the use of another person’s work without giving proper credit to that person. A student must give proper credit through the use of appropriate citation format when (a) copying verbatim another person’s work (e.g., words, phrases, sentences or entire passages); (b) paraphrasing another person’s work (i.e., borrowing but rewording that person’s facts, opinions or ideas); and (c) summarizing another’s work (i.e., use of one’s own words to condense longer passages into a sentence or two).
When dishonesty is evident, the following minimum sanctions will be applied:
Regular, punctual class attendance is necessary if students are to obtain maximum benefits from instruction. Students are expected to comply with attendance policies set by individual instructors. They are expected to make up any classroom work assignments or other course requirements that are missed due to their absences.
Students who complete an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science (AS) degree program at a Colorado public community college have a distinct advantage over other transfer students.
These degrees are designed to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences with junior standing for most majors at Colorado public four-year colleges, if students earn a C grade or better in all courses. Certain majors require essential lower-division prerequisites. Students need to see an advisor and consult the transfer guide for assistance in selecting lower-division credits that will apply directly toward the baccalaureate degree. Information on statewide guaranteed courses is available online at http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/gtPathways/default.html. Credit earned through advanced placement, credit for prior learning, correspondence courses, CLEP, and other tested-only credit may not be applicable; the institution to which students transfer will evaluate these credits according to their own policies.
CCA has articulation agreements with many of the private four-year institutions in Colorado as well, and many of these colleges accept 60 to 90 or more credits from CCA. For more information, contact an Academic Advisor at the CentreTech campus, Administration Building, Room A102 or Lowry Campus West Quad, Room 119.
If students follow the transfer guide for a specific degree program, their courses will apply toward the graduation requirements in their majors. Students who do not complete an AA or AS degree may transfer their credits to four-year colleges on a course-by-course basis. Transfer guides can be found on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s website at http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html.
Note: Some Colorado colleges and universities have special scholarship programs designated for community college students who complete an AA or AS degree. Contact an advisor for more information.
To learn more about these opportunities, contact the transfer coordinator or admission director at the chosen institution as soon as possible to start the financial aid planning process.
The associate of arts and associate of science are transferable to most Colorado public and private 4-year baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. Colorado’s agreement between public colleges and universities guarantees that when a student graduates from CCA with an A.A. or A.S. completing 60 credit hours and earning a grade of "C" or better, may transfer to a public baccalaureate program with a Liberal Arts and Sciences major.
Statewide Designated Degree Programs
Start here. Finish there. Students who earn an associate degree at CCA in a designated degree program and who meet admission requirements can transfer to a public Colorado college or university as a junior in that designated field of study.
Guaranteed Course Transfer
Colorado has developed a Statewide guaranteed transfer program called “gtPATHWAYS.” This program ensures that certain courses at the college are guaranteed to transfer to any public college or university in Colorado. Students should contact an advisor at the earliest opportunity to review appropriate transfer guides.
Transfer credits, earned for prior learning, Advanced Placement, correspondence courses, CLEP and other tested-only credit may not apply. The transfer institution will evaluate these credits according to its own policies.
A list of guaranteed majors is available at:
Traditional face to face classes meet in a classroom the days and times as listed in the schedule. Students are expected to attend every class as listed. Faculty members teach each class in person, while providing consistent interaction between students. Traditional classes allow for group work, collaboration, and community among peers.
Online courses are offered using the Internet, making it convenient for you to complete assignments and interact with your instructors and classmates fully online. Your computer must pass the system check for online courses. Please go here to check your system. Additionally, students must have reliable Internet access for all online courses. To login to courses using Desire2Learn, students will simply log in to MyCCA, and click on the link to Desire2Learn for course access. To contact Admissions, Registration and Records for additional information please send an email to OnlineAdvisor@ccaurora.edu. Students with questions concerning the skills required to complete an online class should click here for an overview of requisite technical skills.
Hybrid courses combine the flexibility of online courses with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the instructor and classmates. Some of the work will be completed online using a learning management system, and the remainder through scheduled meeting times that are published for each course. Some or all meeting times may be mandatory depending upon the course and instructor.
Weekend classes are intended for students who may not be able to attend classes on weekdays, as well as for those who may wish to complete a degree or certificate in a shorter period of time. Classes may not meet every weekend. The first class will detail information about additional class sessions and course requirements. Consult the Schedule of Classes for a complete list of Weekend College classes and meeting dates.
The College may provide for individual student needs through independent study. All requests for independent study are subject to the approval of the Division Dean. No more than 6 semester hours of independent study course work may be applied to any Associate degree program.
Special Topics courses provide instruction on selected topics within a program. The number of semester hours of credit is determined by the department offering the course and approved by the Instructional Leadership Team. No more than 6 semester hours of Special Topics course work may be applied to any Associate degree program.
The Community College of Aurora recognizes the need for supervised field (off-campus) experience in various programs. Supervised field experience may be titled "work experience," "practicum" or "internship." These field experiences are designed to provide on-the-job training for students with the goal of increased employability upon completion of their education. In a supervised field experience, the community, its resources, and employees become an extension of the college. All supervised field experience courses include: (1) course descriptions; (2) an instructor with credentials in the program area to supervise the off-campus instruction; (3) course activities designed by the instructor; (4) attendance at a minimum of one class session per week with the assigned instructor; (5) a plan developed by the student and instructor, including all assignments required for completion of the course; (6) grading following the established grading policy of the College; and (7) instructor scheduling of the supervised field experience hours, requiring the same types of assignments and preparation as for on-campus courses.
The Associate of Applied Science degree programs and related certificate programs provide occupational education for students who are seeking job preparation, career mobility or job retraining.
Veterans can use their educational benefits at CCA. The veteran certifying official will complete the certification once a Request for Certification is submitted each semester. All questions and forms should be submitted to Military & Veteran Services, CentreTech Campus, Administration Building, Room A105, 303-360-4768. Additional information is available online at www.CCAurora.edu/students/military-veterans.
Students receiving education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs are only approved for courses toward their declared program at CCA and these are the only courses that the college can certify to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students must declare a program objective with Admissions, Registration, & Records before their third semester at CCA. Students using VA benefits must submit official transcripts of all previous post-secondary education and training and military transcripts prior to their third semester to continue to have their enrollment certified to the VA. The VA will not pay for duplicated coursework that meets CCA program requirements, whether the coursework was earned through CCA, another college or university, or military training. Students are responsible for ensuring that satisfactory arrangements have been made for payment of their tuition to the college.
Military personnel and emergency management officials who are deployed on Temporary Duty (TDY) during a term should contact their instructor for special consideration. Documentation of official activation/deployment and TDY assignment is required and any special considerations must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Accommodation requests may be made by completing the online Needs Assessment form at http://www.ccaurora.edu/accessibility/forms. Please make an appointment if you need assistance with the online form. Documentation of the functional impact the disability has on the student in a learning environment may be provided through the contact information listed below. Determination of reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please provide reasonable notice in order to allow us sufficient time to process the request.
For more information, go to www.CCAurora.edu/accessibility. The Accessibility Services office is in S202A, located at the CentreTech Campus in the Student Centre Building. You may contact us for more information by calling 303-340-7548, fax 303-340-7551, or email ASO.CCA@CCAurora.edu.
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The Learning Resource Center, located on the CentreTech campus in S202, provides students instructional support to ensure student success at CCA. Students can access library and research services, and instructor make up testing there. The LRC has a computer lab with 36 computers for word processing and accessing the Internet. These computers are available to students at no charge throughout each semester. There are 3 study rooms that can be reserved for individual and group use in the LRC.
Information about tutoring in the LRC is available through MyCCA in the Student tab, the Academic Support channel.
In order to ensure student success, the faculty at the Community College of Aurora may participate in the Early Alert Program. The Early Alert Program is designed to identify students who are having academic difficulty. Students are referred to the Advising Office after an initial contact by a faculty member. An Academic Advisor will then attempt to address the student’s needs, thereby increasing the likelihood of their success. The primary goal of the Early Alert Program is to identify students that are having difficulty with enough time to avoid a low mid-term grade. Generally, identification by the fourth week of the semester is best. The program is not designed to penalize students, but rather to address academic problems or difficulties early on in the semester so that a student can successfully complete the course.
CCA provides a variety of tutoring and other academic support programs. Assistance in math, writing skills (Writing Studio), English as a Second Language (ESL), and basic computer skills is offered in the Academic Learning Center at CentreTech, CentreTech Campus, Classroom Building, Room C109. Math and writing skills tutoring (Writing Studio) as well as tutoring for basic CIS courses (Microsoft Office courses), are offered at the Academic Learning Center at Lowry, Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 106. Accounting and science tutoring is also available at the Lowry campus. Tutoring schedules are available in the Academic Support channel on the Student, Faculty, and Advisor tabs in MyCCA. Contact 303-360-4742 or 303-340-7536 for more information.
The Community College of Aurora Testing Center provides a variety of testing services for CCA students and the community, including:
ACCUPLACER and CCPT Placement Tests – Walk-in at CentreTech and Lowry campus.
The ACCUPLACER® and CCPT help our advisors determine where to begin your educational program. The test serves to ensure success in college by placing students in the appropriate-level courses. The CCPT will be available at CCA beginning in early October 2015. See the www.CCAurora.edu\testing site.
Online/Distance Learning Proctoring Services – by Appointment at the CentreTech Campus only.
The CCA testing center offers proctoring services for online courses, distance learning programs, or other testing needs at $25 a test. Visit www.ccaurora.edu/getting-started/testing/proctoring-services for more information or to sign-up for a test.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) – by Appointment at the CentreTech Campus only.
The CLEP is a series of examinations that allow you to earn college credit for what you already know, regardless of where you learned it. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States. http://clep.collegeboard.org/. Study guides may be purchased in the CCA Bookstore. For more information about taking the CLEP at CCA, visit http://www.ccaurora.edu/getting-started/testing/clep-dsst
DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) – by Appointment at the CentreTech Campus only.
The DSST Program offers over 35 examinations in a wide range of college-level academic, technical, and business subjects. www.getcollegecredit.com. Study guides may be purchased in the CCA Bookstore. For more information about taking the DSST at CCA, visit http://www.ccaurora.edu/students/academic-support/testing/dsst-testing
Other testing services available include Castle Worldwide, Pearson VUE, TEAS (for paramedics and EMTs), as well as test preparation resources.
For more information, please visit http://www.ccaurora.edu/getting-started/testing.
There are two locations:
16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Rm A-205
Aurora, CO 80011
710 Alton Way
Lowry Campus West Quad (Bldg 903)
Denver, CO 80230
Testing at Buckley Air Force Base for active duty members, their spouses and DOD/Civilians. Registration is online.
Instructor make-up testing and testing for Community College of Aurora online classes is available during scheduled hours in the Learning Resource Center, CentreTech Campus, Student Centre Building, Room S202, 303-340-7542, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours and further information are available in MyCCA in the Student tab, the Academic Support channel.
The primary physical library collection at CCA is housed in the Learning Resource Center at the CentreTech Campus in S202. The Lowry campus has satellite libraries in selected departments, including Art, Law, and Science. The collection is searchable through our online catalog, AspenCat. For information on obtaining books, eBooks, scholarly articles, and research assistance, please refer to the website: www.ccaurora.edu/library, or in MyCCA in the Resources tab, the Library channel.
CTC, Student Success Centre, Room S101
The mission of the Student Success Center is to promote student success through dedicated support in an inclusive and authentic academic community. The following programs are housed in the Student Success Center:
The goal of each program is to help students meet their individual college goals through degree completion, transfer and/or career exploration. Capacity in these programs is limited and students wishing to participate must complete an application and participate in a brief interview. Students participating in these programs are expected to meet with an assigned advisor regularly, participate in workshops and other center events (fall and spring welcome back events), utilize tutoring and participate in the AAA 101 course where appropriate. To find out more about our programs and to learn how to get involved stop by the Student Success Center in the Student Centre Room S101.
The Community College of Aurora's Career PATHS Center provides a variety of online and face-to-face resources to assist you with career exploration, career skills development and internship/employment opportunities. PATHS represents the vision that, Preparation + Attributes + Talents + Hands-On Experiences = Success, in achieving your personal career goals.
The services provided to assist you on your career path include:
Online career resources
Career development workshops
Online internship and job boards
Career and skills assessments
Employer networking opportunities: "Company Spotlight", job shadow opportunities, company tours and presentations
Career/job/internship fairs and events
The Career PATHS Center is located at the Lowry Campus on the second floor of the North Quad building in rooms 203-207 (9202 E. Severn Place, Denver, 80230). The PATHS resource center is open Monday through Thursday 8:30am until 5:00pm and on Friday from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Individual advising appointments can be scheduled in person at either campus, by phone at 303.360.4914 or by accessing the following link: http://www.ccaurora.edu/getting-started/make-appointment. Walk-in appointments are available on most days from 11:00am – 3:00pm.
The bookstore is located in the Student Centre, CentreTech Campus, Room S107.
Counseling Services provides brief counseling for managing stress and anxiety, overcoming depression, recovery from grief and loss, coping with life challenges, relationship issues, and more. Licensed counselors will meet with you, listen and help figure out options to address individual problems and challenges crisis or mental health concern. To schedule an appointment, please call the Counseling Services Appointment Line at 303-360-4949 or email Counseling@CCAurora.edu.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Colorado Crisis Line at 844-493-TALK (8255), 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Safe Zones is a voluntary network of faculty, staff and students who believe that every member of the college community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment. It ensures a campus atmosphere that is supportive, informative and welcoming to all members of our campus community.
CARE Team purpose is to provide a cross-functional, multidisciplinary point of contact for members of the college community who have encountered student behavior which is causing concern. The team will act promptly to follow-up with the individual initiating the report, determine if there have been any additional warning signs or reasons for concern (such as student code of conduct violations or classroom incidents), and meet with the student to develop a plan. Our intent is to be caring and preventive.
We encourage you to contact the team if you have concerns about student behavior which you have observed in your classroom or other locations on campus. There is an online referral form available for your use. You can also make a referral in person, by phone or through email.
If you feel that the behavior you are observing poses an immediate threat or danger to self or others contact Security: CentreTech Campus: 303-360-4727. Lowry Campus: 303-419-5557 or dial 911.
For additional information and resources, please visit http://www.ccaurora.edu/office-student-conduct-intervention-retention.
For immediate attention contact the CARE Team through Angie Tiedeman (303-340-7524), Angie.Tiedeman@ccaurora.edu, or Tamara White (303-360-4746), Tamara.White@CCAurora.edu.
CCA does not provide health insurance for students. Information about health insurance options for students is available online at MyCCA, under the Campus Life tab in the Admissions, Registration and Records office and Student Life Office, Lowry Campus West Quad, Room 110, and at Lowry Student Services, West Quad Room 119.
Student ID cards are issued once students register for classes in the CentreTech Campus in the Administration Building at the Welcome Center and at the Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 119, during normal business hours. At the beginning of each semester, bring your ID card to one of the following locations for a sticker to validate continued enrollment: CentreTech Campus: Welcome Center or A102 in the Administration Building Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-5:30PM, and Fridays 8:30AM-5:00PM; or Lowry Campus, West Quad, Room 119, Lowry Student Services Monday-Thursday, 8:30AM-5:00PM, and Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM. Obtaining a student ID card is optional but is required at the Lowry Computer Lab and the Learning Resource Center. There is no charge for the student ID card.
Through intentional programming, student organization participation, and building meaningful relationships within an inclusive learning environment, The Office of Student Life develops student leaders who are committed to personal growth and are dedicated, involved, and engaged in their communities. We believe student involvement on campus provides an avenue for intellectual, career, educational, and personal growth and development. Involvement can also enhance what is being learned in the classroom. Student Life facilitates student involvement in three main ways: Campus Programs and Activities, Leadership Initiatives, and Student Organizations.
Student Life is currently focuses on three main areas for student involvement:
Campus Programs and Activities
Programs and activities include, but are not limited to, lectures, speakers, panel discussions, cultural fairs and festivals, awareness days, and concerts.
Understanding who you are and how you lead will impact every aspect of your life. Leadership programs at CCA will focus on you as a leader, but also how you interact and collaborate with others to impact change on both small and large scales.
We know that meeting people who share our passions about a cause can be powerful. At CCA, we have several student organizations you can get involved with that focus on a diverse range of topics, such as academics, cultural awareness, special interest groups, and recreation.
To learn more, explore our opportunities, or to start a new student organization, contact us!
CentreTech Campus: Student Building, Office #S103
Lowry Campus: West Quad, Building 903, Office #110
The Student Government Association, funded by student fees, represents the student body and serves as a liaison between the faculty, administration, and student body in areas of mutual interest. The purpose of the SGA is to promote student leadership and college spirit, provide a forum for discussion between students and administration, and give students a representative voice in college affairs. In short, SGA works for the Students! It is SGA’s duty to voice the best interests of CCA students and to assist students with any issues they might have – no matter how large or small – to make their college experience better. If you have suggestions, ideas, please email SGA.CCA@ccaurora.edu
Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of two-year colleges. The Alpha Pi Pi Chapter resides at CCA and encourages members to participate in community service and develop leadership skills. Alpha Pi Pi also provides a means for scholars with high academic achievements to share their knowledge with the college. Students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and above and have completed at least 12 credit hours at CCA are invited to join. Phi Theta Kappa sends invitations for membership at the beginning of every semester. Email us at PTK@ccaurora.edu