ANNOUNCEMENT: Most spring 2021 classes will once again be offered online/remotely. Learn more about the spring 2021 semester.

Coronavirus Information

Spring 2021 Campus and Course Information

Most spring 2021 classes at the Community College of Aurora will once again be offered online/remotely. This decision was made for two main reasons: 1) to allow you to be able to start or continue your education in the safest way possible, and 2) to minimize stress and disruption in your lives. 

This page contains information on what the spring semester will look like, what course formats will be offered, CCA’s on-campus health and safety protocols, COVID-19 testing information, and more. It will be updated throughout the spring semester, so please check in when you can for important updates. As announcements are made by CCA’s leadership team throughout the semester, those will also be posted to this page after they’ve been sent to your student email.

If you have questions about anything not addressed below, CCA is hosting informational Zoom sessions every week. You can sign up for one—or more—of those Zoom sessions here. CCA's Academic Affairs team also held a Q&A Zoom session on November 2 to address some frequently asked questions about the spring semester. You can watch a recording of that Zoom session here.

 

Spring 2021 Classes

CCA is offering three class types in the spring: remote, hybrid, and online. You can learn more about those class types here. The class schedule identifies the class type for each class.

Spring registration is now open. You can register online. If you need help registering, you can call 303-360-4797 or email admissions@ccaurora.edu

Please note that you must apply to CCA before you can register for classes. If you haven’t yet applied to CCA, you can apply online anytime. The application is free and easy to complete. If you need help applying, you can call 303-360-4918 or email recruiting.careers@ccaurora.edu.  

Safety and COVID-19 Response

To see a complete list of testing free COVID-19 testing sites in the Tri-County area, visit the Tri-County Health Department website.

If you’re a CCA student or employee and displaying a pandemic contagion or other contagious/infectious disease symptoms, being tested for a pandemic contagion or other contagious/infectious disease or self-quarantining at the direction of a medical professional, or have been knowingly exposed to someone with a pandemic contagion or other contagious/infectious disease symptoms, please fill out CCA’s “COVID-19 Report” form.

CO Exposure Notifications is a free and voluntary service developed in partnership with Google and Apple that can notify users of possible exposure to COVID-19. By opting in, your Android or iPhone device will share anonymous tokens with other CO Exposure Notifications users using your phone’s Bluetooth. If another user you’ve been near tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the service will notify you. If you test positive, you can easily and anonymously notify others to stop the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website to learn more about the app.

If and when you’re on campus in the spring, please be sure to follow the health and safety protocols outlined below. These requirements are based on guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Tri-County Health Department.

Before coming to campus, do a thorough personal assessment and ask yourself these three questions...

  • “Am I displaying any COVID-19 symptoms?”
    • Symptoms include fever above 100.4, tiredness or fatigue, chills, muscle pain, cough, loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing, headache, and sore throat. If you’re displaying any of these symptoms, please don’t come to campus and instead contact a healthcare provider or the Tri-County Health Department (303-220-9200) for further information and to inquire about COVID-19 testing. You may return to campus only after you are symptom-free and have had a temperature below 100.4 for at least three consecutive days.
  • “Do I have a family member or household member who is displaying COVID-19 symptoms?”
    • If yes, don’t come to campus and instead contact a healthcare provider or the Tri-County Health Department (303-220-9200). Also, be sure to contact the Dean of Students office (303-360-4771) for information and instructions regarding course options.
  • “Have I been knowingly exposed to anyone with COVID-19?”
    • If yes, don’t come to campus for 14 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, contact a healthcare provider or the Tri-County Health Department (303-290-9200).

While on campus, you must...  

  • Wear a face covering that covers both your nose and mouth when inside any campus building or when interacting within six feet of another person outside of buildings. If you’re not wearing a face covering, you must have an approved accommodation (see below). Face coverings may include a purchased or homemade mask, scarf, bandana, gaiter, or handkerchief. If you don’t have a face covering, you can get one at either of the Welcome Centers on the CentreTech (Administration Building, main entrance) or Lowry (West Quad, south entrance) campuses.  
  • Practice appropriate social distancing of at least six feet between yourself and others.  
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and/or use the hand sanitizer available throughout both campuses. 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes using a disposable tissue or your sleeve or elbow.  
  • If you demonstrate COVID-19 symptoms, you must report this to your course instructor, return home, and contact a healthcare provider.  

Taking a break...  

Wearing a face covering for an extended period can be taxing, and you may need to take an occasional break. Before removing your face covering, you must go outside and away from building entrances. Once you’ve removed your face covering, you must continue to practice appropriate social distancing.  

When interacting with others...  

  • If a person isn’t wearing a face covering while on campus, kindly remind them of the requirement to wear one. Students and potential students who can’t wear a face covering due to a disability or health reasons should seek an exemption or accommodation by contacting the Office of Disability and Equity (303-340-7548) while visitors should contact Human Resources (303-360-4934).  
  • Individuals who have received an approved accommodation or exemption from wearing a face covering can refer any questions they receive from others on campus to Human Resources (303-360-4934) or the Dean of Students’ office (303-360-4771).  
  • If someone is refusing to wear a face covering absent a medical reason, please notify the Dean of Students’ office (303-360-4771) if the person is a student or Campus Security (CentreTech 303-360-4727, Lowry 303-419-5557) if the person is a visitor.  
  • A person who is uncomfortable with others’ lack of facial covering or social distancing may excuse themselves from participating in class or another activity.  

The building hours have been updated for CCA from November 23 to December 24. The campus is closed from December 25 to January 1, 2021.

Please refer to the Tri-County Health Department website to stay up to date on travel advisories.

Announcements from CCA Leadership

 

Announcements from CCA’s leadership team will be posted here as they’re made throughout the semester. Please check in when you can to stay up to date on important information.

From: President Betsy Oudenhoven

Dear CCA students,

I hope you’re all doing well and having a good semester.

I’m writing to let you know that most spring 2021 classes at the Community College of Aurora will once again be offered online/remotely. This means that most classes, with a few exceptions, will not meet face to face.

We made this decision for two main reasons: 1) We want you to be able to continue your education safely, and 2) We want to do everything we can to minimize stress and disruption in your lives. This fall, we saw a lot of colleges across the country start the semester by conducting classes in-person, then they moved to an online/remote format because of an unsafe number of COVID-19 cases, then they moved back to in-person instruction. We don’t want to do that to you. We want to give you a safe, consistent, and certain learning environment.

Three class types will be offered in the spring: remote, hybrid, and online. You can learn more about those class types here. Registration for spring classes opens November 2. The schedule will identify which classes are remote, which are online, and which are hybrid. The most important thing to note is that you’ll still receive the same high-quality instruction from the same high-quality instructors … the content will just be delivered in a different way.

If you have any questions about anything, our departments are having informational Zoom sessions every week. You can sign up for one—or more—of those Zoom sessions here.

Lastly, we understand that times are tough and want to help you in any way we can. CCA has over $500,000 in scholarship money available. Please be sure to take a look at these scholarships. The spring scholarship application period is currently open and will continue through November 30. It’s our hope that these funds will provide some relief in these challenging times and help you stay on your educational path.

Most sincerely,

Betsy Oudenhoven

Greetings CCA Students! 

As the Fall 2020 semester activity begins to wind down, we hope you are staying safe and feeling confident about your courses. To support both your safety and success, we wanted to remind you of important registration information, and share an update on building and student support services hours. Specifically, CCA will transition to remote operations from now through Thursday, December 24th.  This change will also include a number of classes no longer requiring face-to-face meetings and a number of programs (including cohort programs) ending after the fall break. 

Important Information For You To Know: 

Registration for Spring 2021 semester is now open. If you need help identifying what classes to take contact your advisor. To schedule an appointment with an advisor you can use Navigate or contact an advisor.


For assistance from other student service areas, please find additional contact information on the Coronavirus Resource page

We are accepting applications for $500.00 cash grants for students enrolling in the spring 2021 semester.  Funding will be awarded on an ongoing and first come basis. We encourage you to apply early! Once your cash grant application is finalized, you will receive a notification via email and your financial account will be updated to reflect the award. Funds will be distributed after the cash grant application close date of February 3rd.   

To apply for the $500 cash grant, please complete the grant application

January 6th is the first Drop for Nonpayment Date for the spring 2021 semester.

  • If you are eligible for Federal or State Grant aid or Loans, you WILL NOT be dropped for non-payment.
  • If you are verified as eligible to receive Financial Aid, you will receive an email award letter. Once a financial aid award is posted to your student account, you will be able to pay any outstanding balance through their MyCCA Portal account.
  • If you have a balance due after the spring 2021 semester begins, you will be notified by the Cashier’s Office.
  • If you do not receive an award letter email, this means you are responsible for paying your tuition and fees, and you may be dropped for non-payment.  If you have questions about payment plan options, please contact the Cashier’s office at 303-360-4827 or  cashiers.cca@ccaurora.edu



Building hours and operations are changing, effective immediately until Thursday, December 24th.On the CentreTech Campus, the hours of operation at the Administration and Student Center Building will be from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.  Student services will continue to be provided on a remote basis with limited on campus operations.  To access on-campus services you must make an appointment with the desired office. 

The Book Store will operate at a reduced and modified schedule.  Business hours from now through break will be 9 am - 5 pm, Monday through Thursday. If you have questions, please check the book store web site at: https://www.bkstr.com/ccofaurorastore 

The Classroom and Fine Arts Buildings will be closed except for scheduled access by students and/or pre-approved staff operations.  The computer labs in the Classroom Building will be closed after fall break, and the Academic Learning Center services will be fully remote 

The CentreTech Parking Lot will still be available for Wifi use. 

On the Lowry Campus, the North Quad and West Quad will be closed except for pre-scheduled sessions or appointments only.   

The Colorado Film School will be available for use by program faculty, students and staff on a scheduled/appointment basis. 

The SIM Center and the Diesel Building will continue to operate until the end of the fall 2020 semester.  

  • The SIM Center hours of operation will be 8:00 am until 10:00 pm.  Last day for scheduled classes in the Sim Center is Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
  • The Diesel Building hours will be 6:00 am until 1:00 pm.  Access to the Diesel Building is limited to faculty, staff, and students in the program. Last day for scheduled classes in the Diesel Building is Friday, December 18, 2020.


If you have questions about CentreTech or Lowry campus building hours, please contact Campus Security at 303-360-4727. 

I hope you have a wonderful fall break and come back well-rested to finish your semester successfully. 

Thank you, 
Angela Marquez, Ph.D. 
Vice President of Student Affairs

 

From: Skip Noe, Vice President of Administration

We hope everyone is staying safe as we wind down activity for the fall term. There are changes in building operations as we transition to more remote operations from now through December 24. (Campus will be closed from December 25, 2020 – January 1, 2021.) These changes reflect that a number of classes will no longer require face-to-face meetings and that a number of programs including cohort programs will continue on until the break.

CentreTech Campus

Effective immediately until December 24, the hours of operation at the Student Centre and Administration Building on the CentreTech campus will be from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Thursday. Campus services will continue to be provided on a remote basis. A number of departments will continue to operate on campus with reduced staffing on campus and others working remotely. Access to those departments by students or visitors will be by appointment only. Departments will work to accommodate requests for in-person meetings using approved safe areas. 

The Bookstore will operate at a reduced and modified schedule. The bookstore hours from now until December 25 will be Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. If you have questions, please check the book store web site at https://www.bkstr.com/ccofaurorastore.

The Classroom and Fine Arts Buildings will be closed except for scheduled access by students and/or pre-approved staff operations. The computer labs in the Classroom Building will be closed after Thanksgiving, and the Academic Learning Center provide fully remote services to students.

Lowry Campus

Effective Immediately and through December 24, the North Quad and West Quad buildings will be closed except for pre-scheduled sessions or appointments. Staff members who work in those buildings may get access using their regular access badge. Student or visitor access shall be by appointment only. For assistance, please contact CentreTech Security and staff can assist with badge access.

The Colorado Film School will be available for use by program faculty, students, and staff on a scheduled/appointment basis.

The Center for Simulation and the Diesel Building will continue to operate until the winter break (December 25 – January 1, 2021.)  Hours of operation at the Center for Simulation will be 8 am to 10 pm. Diesel Building hours will be 6 am to 1 pm. Access to the Diesel Building and Center for Simulation are limited to faculty, staff, and students in the program.

If you have a question about building hours at any time, please contact Security.

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