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Mariyah Pickett

My life wasn’t exactly organized or planned out, until I started at the Community College of Aurora. With the help of an amazing advisor, the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI), and scholarships, my life is finally on track. 

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Arabella Orozco at her CCA graduation

Arabella Orozco grew up speaking Spanish. It was the only language she knew when she immigrated to Denver, Colorado from Havana, Cuba with her family in the early 80s. Only knowing Spanish made school difficult.

When I was seven years old, I sat in the back of the classroom all by myself because I didn’t speak English. My aunt created notecards with translations from Spanish to English, so I could communicate with my teachers and classmates but it didn’t really help," Orozco said.

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If you are looking to transfer to a four-year school to complete your degree, many factors come into play when choosing where to continue your education. Picking one school to meet all your needs can be a messy process! Fortunately, CCA has many resources to help you understand your priorities, research and reach your goals, including two Transfer Fairs held this fall. The first CCA Transfer Fair is on October 14 on the CentreTech campus in the Student Centre Building in the Rotunda. The second CCA Transfer Fair is on October 15 on the Lowry campus in the West Quad Building in the Todd Bergren Room. 

Not sure what a transfer fair can do for you? Check out these five tips to discover how CCA's Transfer Fairs can help you forge a path that fits your unique interests and values.

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:

 

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The CCA Mobile App is now available.

If you are a CCA student with a little extra space on your phone, the CCA Mobile app can make things a lot easier for you.

Available on Android and iOS, the CCA Mobile app was developed to make finding important student information such as grades, class schedules, and phone numbers more navigable for CCA students.

And since the app only requires 20 MB of space, you should be able to fit it on your phone next to Snapchat, Spotify, and Facebook. (You can actually use the CCA Mobile app to replace Facebook – but more on that later.)

The app is simple to use and very easy to understand with a menu bar that is easy to understand and figure out. You shouldn't have any problems with the app since it is straightforward and minimal.

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Pencil and clipboardFall registration is here! But before you register for fall classes, here are some helpful tips that the Admissions and Records Department and the Center for Outreach Recruitment would like you to keep in mind:

A graphic detailing five things students should do before they start classes.The fall semester begins at CCA in less than two weeks! If you have already taken the appropriate tests and attended a new student or transfer orientation, congratulations! Before you step into the classroom, here are five things to do before you start classes: 1. Pay for Your Classes or Set Up a Payment Plan. Did you know that CCA has a variety of ways to pay your tuition? The Cashier's Office can work with you to find the best way to pay for your classes. CCA has two places where you can pay your tuition costs – the Cashier's Office at the CentreTech campus is located on the second floor of the Administration Building and the Cashier's Office for the Lowry campus is located on the first floor of the West Quad Building. Set Up a Payment Plan – CCA offers payment plans where you can make monthly payments to pay for your tuition.

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Parents holding a baby that is touching the father's noseIf you are a parent who wants to go back to college but child care costs are an obstacle, Community College of Aurora's Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) can help. In addition to providing help with child care, the program offers academic support, career and job advice, and can set you on the path to a great career. The Community College of Aurora received a $3.9 million grant this summer from the U.S. Department of Labor to help fund CCA's “Access to Success” Program through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI). The SWFI program is designed to assist parents with child care support while they earn a certificate in high-demand careers in fields such as healthcare, IT, or advanced manufacturing. The SWFI grant is accepting applications for classes that start in January. Here are six important reasons why the SWFI program may be the right path for you to follow to a better career.

Woman with illustrated question marks over her headSo you think you're ready to transfer after graduation? Are you sure? Take a moment to think about which four-year college you want to attend because you need to consider some important things such as finances, schedules, and what you plan to study. We can help. The Community College of Aurora has resources and information ready to help you make your transfer decision easier. Check out the Transfer Fair on Nov. 2 at the CentreTech campus so you can meet with a representative from more than 20 four-year colleges and universities in Colorado and outside of the state. It's a great way to get to know the college before you transfer! Before you plan your transfer, think about these seven questions:

Students on a campus tour at University of DenverCharlyne Brown is planning to transfer from CCA to a four-year college in fall 2017. But like many CCA students she is asking, “where do I go?” She recently visited the University of Denver in September as part of the CCA Student Success Center's Transfer Success Program, which sets up campus visits for CCA students at four-year colleges within Colorado. While visiting DU, Charlyne discovered there is a foreign-language requirement that she was not aware of that could delay her pursuit of a business degree. Although Charlyne has not ruled out DU, the information she discovered during her campus visit was helpful. “There is a comforting factor to know whether I want to be there or not,” Charlyne said. “I could see if it was a fit for me.” Azalia Munoz was on the same University of Denver tour and she appreciated being able to ask questions. “I think it did help a little,” Azalia said.

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