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Welcome! I’m glad to see that you are exploring CCA’s website and I appreciate the opportunity to tell you a little bit about this wonderful college. The Community College of Aurora is a diverse and student-centered institution located in the vibrant and growing city of Aurora, Colorado. We have what many community colleges have - exceptional faculty and staff, small classes, affordable tuition, and academic programs that will lead to transfer and employment. These qualities are all a part of what makes community colleges a critical sector of higher education, but let me tell you what I think makes this college special.
CCA is a friendly and accessible place. We are an open door institution which means that everyone is welcome here, and we take that seriously. We are one of the most diverse institutions in Colorado and we believe that our diversity enriches both our in-class and out-of-class life. The college is implementing an initiative called “inclusive excellence” to highlight the fact that diversity and quality go hand-in-hand here. CCA aspires to be the college where every student succeeds. Every student. We’re not there yet but we’re committed to the goal. What does that look like for our students?
You can see on our website that our motto is “Potential Realized.” That’s what success is. Frankly, many of our students don’t know how amazing they are when they start their education here – our job is to unlock that potential. Our job is to make sure that every student has an identified goal, an academic program that will lead them to that goal, and sufficient support along the way. Our students’ lives are complicated. We want to do our best to un-complicate their educational experience by providing clear structures and guidance. We want students to know that it is important to finish what they’ve started. They work hard to achieve their goals and we work hard along-side them.
CCA is a place where we take our work seriously and ourselves less so. We like one another and our students. Our faculty try creative and innovative approaches both inside and outside the classroom to connect student learning to real world experiences. This is no ivy tower. Our students live in the real world and we ground their education in the real world. That world can include a forensic archaeological dig, a trip to the United Nations, a trial in our on-campus courtroom, a film produced for the big screen, a payload for a rocket flight, a cutting-edge theater production, and so much more. Our graduates report back that they are well prepared to be successful at their transfer institutions, and at their jobs.
We are inclusive and excellent. We realize potential. We are striving to help every student succeed. I am proud of CCA and honored to be president here. I hope that you will give us a closer look. I am sure you will like what you see. Thanks for considering what CCA has to offer!
Betsy Oudenhoven, Ph.D.
President, Community College of Aurora