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Orientation at CCA

Community College of Aurora has three different Orientations to fit your specific needs.

New Student Orientation: 

New Student Orientation is MANDATORY for all first-time students (students who have not attended college after high school graduation).  Transfer students are encouraged to attend a New Student Orientation if they are new to CCA.  We offer several sessions, but they fill up fast. Our sessions are organized by Guided Pathways.  To find out your Guided Pathway visit the Guided Pathways website.

CentreTech Guided Pathways

Communication & Languages Guided Pathway 

Communication, English, Spanish , Translation and Interpretation

Creative Industries Guided Pathway 

Graphic and Web Design, Studio Art, Technical Theater

People, Societies & Ideas Guided Pathway

Anthropology, Art History, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Geography, History

Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology


Lowry Guided Pathways

Creative Industries Guided Pathway


Health & Public Service Guided Pathway

Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Community Health Liaison, Criminal Justice

EMT, Fire Science Technology, Homeland Security:  Tactical Operations

Integrated Nursing Program, Nurse Aid Certificate, Paramedicine, Patient Care Technician

Phlebotomy, Respiratory Therapy 

Professional Studies Guided Pathway

Accounting, Applied Technology, Business, Computer, Diesel Power Mechanics

Economics, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality, Paralegal, Technology for Business Operations

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Guided Pathway

Biology, Chemistry, CIS, Geology, IT Tech and Support, Mathematics

Networking, Physics, Programming, STEM


Students must sign up for Orientation at least one week prior to the session time.  Students are welcome to attend a General Orientation if the Guided Pathway Orientation dates do not work for their schedule.  

Students need to complete the Accuplacer (Placement Test) prior to Orientation or have ACT or SAT scores that meet the minimum requirements submitted BEFORE they attend Orientation.  Please see the Testing website for more information.

Students need to meet with a Pathways Advisor to get registered for classes BEFORE they attend Orientation.  Please see the Advising website for more information. 


Concurrent Enrollment Orientation:

Concurrent Enrollment Orientation is MANDATORY for current high school students taking Concurrent Enrollment (college classes) on CCA's campus.

English as a Second Language:

Students enrolling in only ESL courses are not required to attend Orientation as your ESL courses offer Orientation as part of the first week of classes. ESL students must take the LOEP exam prior to seeing an Academic Advisor to get registered for classes and to have their orientation hold removed. Make sure to tell the Admissions staff checking you in to see an Academic Advisor that you are an ESL student.

Exemptions to New Student Orientation

Some new students may qualify for an exemption from New Student Orientation. Students who feel they qualify will need to submit the Exemption Form.

Circumstances for an exemption include:

  • Living more than 70 miles from the CentreTech Campus.
  • Taking online courses only.
  • Previous college attendance after high school (must submit unofficial transcript).
  • Taking English as a Second Language classes only.

Current students do not need to take Orientation. For additional information regarding Orientation, please call (303) 360-4796.

Additional Information:
Orientation FAQ

Note: If you need an accommodation due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability and Equity (ODE) at 303-361-7395 V/TDD/VP or  Please allow two weeks advance notice to allow us sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements; however, the ODE will do its best to respond to last-minute requests.

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