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Center for Workforce Development

The Center for Workforce Development houses the college's Adult Education program, and has a variety of programs available to help students improve their basic skills and transition to college or a career. Programs offered include High School Equivalency (GED) preparation, Community ESL, and bridge programs into Healthcare, IT, Business, and Early Childhood Education certificate programs.

The Center is located at the CCA Lowry campus in the North Quad Building, Room 200, at 9202 E. Severn Place in Denver, CO 80230.

Forgeneral information regarding the Center for Workforce Development, contact:

Rebecca Pickett, Program Assistant

Anne Petti, Director

High School Equivalency Preparation Classes

The Community College of Aurora (CCA) offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (GED) preparation classes at the Center for Workforce Development on the Lowry Campus. The GED® test evaluates skills and knowledge in four different subjects: Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Science, Social Studies and Math.

High School Equivalency (GED) classes are held Monday through Thursday. Daytime classes are offered from 9:00 AM to noon. Evening classes are from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Your choice – choose either mornings or evenings.

The cost of this class is $60 per session. Most sessions are 10 weeks long. For more information, please see the schedule of 2016 class offerings and enrollment dates.

The Center for Workforce Development is located on the Lowry campus of CCA – near 6th Avenue and Dayton. The address is: 9202 East Severn Place, Building 901, North Quad, Denver, CO 80230, Room 200. The building is at the corner of Alton Way and Severn Place.

Follow this link to find out important information regarding the GED Test.

For additional information about the ABE/HSE program, call the Information Line: 303-340-7797. You may also call:

Janet Paulson, Adult Education Coordinator

For more information about the GED test, including test center locations, visit the GED Testing Service page.


Accelerated Pathways to Success

Are you currently an ESL or HSE (GED) student or just someone in the community who is ready for a new career but you're not sure how to get started?

We offer accelerated college and career preparation including:

  • A Navigator to take you form start to finish along your college/career pathway
  • English Language classes
  • High School Equivalency/GED classes
  • College and Career Readiness training
  • Reading, writing, and math instruction focused on your career pathway
  • A Career Services Specialist to help you through your job search

Certificates courses are available in



Early Childhood Education

Information Technology

Follow this link to the APS webpage.

Contact Information

Valerie M. Gantzler, 303-340-7707,

Community ESL

Located on the first floor of the North Quad building, the Community English as a Second Language (CESL) program offers English language classes to speakers of other languages.

CESL students come from all over the world: In the past year, the program’s students have come from 95 different countries, such as Brazil, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mali, Mexico, Moldova, Myanmar, Sudan, and Vietnam. Some of the 73 different first languages our students speak include Afaan, Amharic, Arabic, Bangla, Burmese, Dari, French, Korean, and Spanish.

The program also offers citizenship-preparation classes, where more than 200 students a year study for their citizenship tests and practice citizenship interviews so they will be well-prepared for their appointments at USCIS. The CESL program has helped many of its students successfully earn their U.S. citizenship, including 11 students who have naturalized since the beginning of 2016.

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