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Academic Advising

CCA Advising Mission

Partner with students to guide and empower them in developing, implementing, and completing academic plans that further their career and life goals.

What is advising?
Advisors guide you through the enrollment process, give you additional educational information, and are a key element to your success. During your first visit, we will help you review your assessment, select appropriate courses, review degree/certificate requirements, and identify resources to help you achieve your educational goals. Through regular contact with an academic advisor, we assist you in planning educational goals, completing degrees, and achieving successful transfer to four-year colleges and universities. We can help you each step of the way -- from getting started though graduation, transfer and anywhere in-between.

What should I bring with me when I see an advisor?
For your first visit, it is helpful if you can bring either your ACT/SAT or Accuplacer Test/College Placement Test (CPT) scores if taken within the last 5 years and/or your unofficial transcripts from other colleges you have attended if you have them. Many colleges allow you to print transcripts from their websites if you don’t have them. Unofficial transcripts can be used in advising, to meet course prerequisites, and to get registered. Official transcripts must be sent to CCA directly from the college(s) you attended in order to grant you transfer credit for courses taken.

What should I expect from my advisor?

Academic advising is a collaborative process between students and advisors. We work together to meet student learning outcomes and help ensure student success. This relationship requires participation and involvement of both the advisor and the student. Therefore, both the advisor and student have important responsibilities to help ensure the advising partnership is successful. Advisor and student responsibilities are outlined in your Advising Syllabus. Please bring a copy with you when meeting with an advisor.

What is the difference between an AA, AS, AGS, AAS and a certificate program

  • The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science (AA/AS) degrees are designed to transfer to a four-year college.
  • Articulated Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees are designed to transfer to a certain institution in a particular area.
  • The Associate of General Studies (AGS) Generalist degrees are for the student who wants an associate degree with the freedom to choose from many types of classes for personal goals/enrichment. The AGS Generalist degree is not designed to transfer to a four-year college although some classes may transfer.
  • The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed to develop skills for entry-level employment or to upgrade skills to improve your opportunity for advancement within an existing position. An AAS is not designed to transfer to a university, although some classes may still transfer.
  • Certificates are designed to develop skills for entry-level employment. Typically they take one year or less to complete.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students may be eligible for Credit for Prior Learning. Prior Learning is a non-college or experience-based learning that has been attained outside the sponsorship of an accredited postsecondary education institutions. For additional information about Credit for Prior Learning please visit:

Advising hours

Advisors are available by appointment and on a drop-in basis Monday-Thursday, 8:00a.m. - 5:30p.m., and Fridays, 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. at the CentreTech campus, administration building, room A-102, or Monday-Thursday, 8:30a.m. - 5:30pm, and Fridays, 9:00a.m. - 4:30p.m. at the Lowry Campus West quad. Check the Semester Schedule of Classes for dates and times.

Advising Appointments

ATTENTION FIRST TIME COLLEGE STUDENTS: You WILL NOT be able to meet with an advisor until you complete New Student Orientation (NSO). Please do not schedule an appointment until you complete NSO and have also provided ACT/SAT scores or have completed the Accuplacer Assessment Test.


1. Please allow for one (1) business day between completing your admissions application and scheduling an on line appointment. If you are still having difficulty, please call 303-360-4700, option 3.

2. Only drop-in advising will be available during fall and spring semester peak registration periods (August, December, January, and April) - appointments will resume during non-peak times.

To make an appointment with an advisor at the CentreTech Campus, go to the following link:

To make an appointment with an advisor at the Lowry Campus, go to the following link:

How to contact us

Phone: 303-360-4700, option 3

Email: for general advising questions. You can expect a response within 1 business day. NOTE: Face-to-face advising is always recommended and encouraged, and is essential part of the academic planning process. Online advising is designed only to answer quick questions and to assist with course prerequisites. Students need to sit down with an advisor for academic planning, including appeals, academic progress, alerts, and suspensions.

Military and veterans should send email to and international students should send email to Or, you can reach us by phone at (303)360-4700.

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