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Ulises Venegas-Rivera in front of a University of Southern California sign

The Community College of Aurora’s Communications and Marketing Department recently caught up with former CCA student Ulises Venegas-Rivera, who is now attending the University of Southern California.

Ulises attended classes at CCA from fall 2016 to spring 2017 and transferred to USC in fall 2018. He has spent the last two semesters at USC, going to football games, getting to know Los Angeles, and attending classes on a campus that features more than 40,000 students.

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Before you book that summer vacation, stop for a second. Now, think seriously about summer school at CCA. On April 1, you can sign up for summer classes at CCA. The summer class schedule is online now so you can find out what classes are being offered. Now that we've got you thinking about summer school, here are some reasons why summer classes might be a good idea:

 

An illustration of hands placing ballots in a ballot boxStudent Government Association elections are this week! Find out below about what Student Government Association has meant to one CCA student. Check out what SGA has meant to her and vote in the elections this week! If you are interested in making the college aware of student concerns and building relationships, then the Student Government Association is for you! Student leadership looks really good on scholarship applications and college application as well. I encourage you to join CCA's Student Government Association today get involved and to have an impact at CCA! SGA elections are April 9-15 . Here is what I have done while part of SGA and why you should consider running for office. I joined the SGA group during the fall 2017 but I really wished that I had joined sooner because it has been a fun experience. I have learned a lot about how the school works and how to plan events.

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An illustration of hands placing ballots in a ballot boxIf you are interested in making the college aware of student concerns and building relationships, then the Student Government Association is for you! Student leadership looks really good on scholarship applications and college application as well. I encourage you to join CCA's Student Government Association today get involved and to have an impact at CCA! SGA elections are April 9-13 but you have to sign up to run by April 2. Here is what I have done while part of SGA and why you should consider running for office. I joined the SGA group during the fall 2017 but I really wished that I had joined sooner because it has been a fun experience. I have learned a lot about how the school works and how to plan events. Since I have been in SGA, we have planned events for the student body like Spirit Week, Club Kick-off, Town Hall Projects, and the SGA Elections process. It was fun to participate with the Office of Student Life for events open to all students such as Pizza with the President and Donuts with the Deans.

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Blog Banner - Here's Why I Chose CCA's Entrepreneurship Program to Help Me Start My Own Business They say that luck is when preparation meets opportunity — but sometimes luck is just luck. For me, I lucked out when I was looking for an interesting elective to take at the Community College of Aurora and stumbled upon an Intro to Entrepreneurship class. I thought, “Ahhh, now that sounds really interesting.” To be honest, I didn't go into the class with a business idea. I did, however, go into it with years of feeling discontented with my day job and knowing that I could do more with my life. Perhaps you can relate.  

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Club Kickoff - 2 Days - 2 Campuses - 2 Times Bigger Than EverWhat is your passion? What are your hobbies and interests? Interested in something else? You can start your own student-led organization! Join the Student Government Association (SGA) and your student leaders for Club Kick-off on February 7 and 8 at Community College of Aurora. Explore the magic of being involved with a student-led organization and having a voice at CCA! Have fun and meet other students with similar interests and engage in meaningful conversations! See you at Club Kick-off: Wednesday, February 7, 1 to 6 p.m. – CentreTech Campus, Student Centre Building, The Rotunda (S100) Thursday, February 8, 1 to 6 p.m. – Lowry Campus, West Quad Building, Lobby Stop by Club Kick-off to find out more information about existing clubs or find out how to start a new club of your own. For more information email SGA: sga.ccaurora@gmail.com Here are some of the current student-led organizations that you can join:

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Students throwing their caps in their air In a few days, I will be the first person in my family to hold a college degree. While my time at the Community College of Aurora may be finished, I feel like my academic journey is just beginning. I think about where I will be next year, as I begin my final year of undergraduate studies, and I wonder what I will be doing. I think about the year afterwards, when I will be able to truly call myself an anthropologist, and I think about the kind of work I might find. As I think of the journey ahead of me, my thoughts turn to where I have been. I chose the Community College of Aurora for a silly reason. It was equidistant from my home with Arapahoe Community College, but I could take the interstate to CCA. I laugh now, that such a small thing shaped so much of my life. Choosing CCA has utterly changed me. I chose an academic discipline - Anthropology. In my studies of Anthropology, I have examined culture and social norms, and had my eyes opened to how different we all are, yet how those differences, oddly, unite us.

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The Community College of Aurora Model United Nations team is in New York this week to participate in National Model United Nations. All week long we will update this blog with images, updates, thoughts, and other insight from CCA students and staff as we join them on their journey. Keep following this space for periodic updates. You can also follow the CCA Model UN Facebook page for more live updates.

Updated 3/27: CCA's Model United Nations team is back from successfully bringing home another Honorable Mention award from the National Model United Nations conference in New York City last week. Below are some thoughts from some of the team members about their experiences:

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Students looking at the cameraIs this your first week at CCA? Feeling overwhelmed? Unsure about where to go or who to talk to? You're not alone; many of your CCA peers have been where you are before. Fortunately, they are willing to help you figure out what to do and where to go. Read below for 20 tips and tricks veteran CCA students suggest for new students on how to navigate your way around and how to succeed and realize your potential here:

Jonski Ortiz has attended CCA since 2014 and is a work-study student in the Financial Aid Office. What's her advice? “Try to meet people. Try to sit in the front of the class." "Definitely use your resources; try to be involved in campus.”        

Josh Morgan has attended CCA since spring 2014. What's his advice? “Talk to your professors to see what you can do to improve your work." "Carpool if needed and also take public transportation; it can be hectic to get to school on time." "I would recommend going to the tutoring lab.”    

A rocket flies from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on June 24How many people can say that they built a payload that flew into space? Maybe the people at NASA can, but now even I can say that I built something that flew into space. I launched my experiment on a rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in late June, joining hundreds of other college students who also sent their experiments into space. My journey to Wallops began with a simple program application that allowed me to travel to Wallops as one of nearly 10 students from CCA selected to participate in RockOn! Thanks to the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, which is funded by NASA, I and other CCA students can participate in workshops that are usually beyond our reach and for that I am truly grateful. When I applied for the workshop I had just begun my first engineering course at CCA and was kind of intimidated. Despite my apprehension, I had heard awesome things about this workshop from other students who had participated in RockOn!

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