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The Community College of Aurora has changed its drop for non-payment policy for students for the fall semester – and we need your help to inform students about the change.
Beginning on August 1, students who have not paid their tuition for the fall semester will be dropped from their classes. Students who are dropped can re-enroll but they need to pay their tuition within 24 hours of registering for classes. Students will not be allowed to re-register for a class that is full.
CCA is adopting the new policy to provide students with better payment plan options, clearer payment dates, and to align with changes to the registration process.
“There are a few reasons we decided to change our drop for non-payment process, with the first being that we want to ensure students have access to an affordable payment plan to pay for their college tuition. By performing the drop for non-payment earlier, we can provide more advantageous payment plan terms and encourage students to sign up for a payment plan when there is $0 down payment required and offer lower monthly payments since we can spread it out over a longer period,” said Xochil Herrera, Controller.
Another reason for the change to drop for non-payment was to provide students with clearer payment deadline dates, Herrera said.
“Instead of performing the drop for non-payment based on each individual part of the term, we are now going to perform weekly drops,” Herrera said.
What You Need to Know About Drop for Non-Payment
Please encourage students to pay their tuition early, set up a payment plan, or arrange another payment method by August 1 so they are not dropped and risk losing their space in their classes.
Students who are expecting financial aid assistance also will need to ensure that their financial aid is awarded by August 1. If they will not receive their financial aid award in time, they can sign up for a payment plan. Students who sign up for a payment plan and then receive financial aid can then have whatever payments they made returned to them via refund.
World Cup Fever
More than 100 students stopped by the Office of Student Life's World Cup Kickoff event on June 14 to celebrate the first game of the 2018 World Cup. The Office of Student Life will host a World Cup semifinal watch party on July 10 in the Forum in the Fine Arts Building.
(left photo) Nelson Rodriguez, Office of Student Life Director, shows his support for Team Mexico on June 14.
(right photo) Juan Carlos Hernandez Barraza, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Life, and Andrea Mora Ojeda, Administrative Assistant, grilled burgers outside of the Fine Arts Building on June 14.
Eduardo Peralta, Integrated Communications Administrator, and Angie Tiedeman, Coordinator for the Office of Student Intervention and Conduct, showed their support for Team Mexico and Team Germany respectively on June 27.
Diesel Power Graduates
The Diesel Power Mechanics program celebrated its 2018 graduates with a ceremony on June 25 in the Diesel Power Mechanics building.
From left to right, Diesel Faculty Andrew Singer, students Sy Rice, Collin Paine, Kyle Rush, Stephan Apodaca, Logan Michael, Angel Avalos, Justin Peterson, Wes Gregory, Dustin Hart, Nick Sulfilta, Ruben Quintana Chavez, Bucky Harmos, Thomas Ladd, and Diesel Faculty Greg Atencio.
Students with the Community College of Aurora High School Equivalency program graduated on June 24. Please visit the HSE Graduation Flicker page for more photos.
Top row, from left to right: Milan Ranabangshi, Deziree Wilson, Mackenzie Fowler, Haydee Cano, Leonardo Jose-Juan, Sheena Farmer, Khin Win, Mouhamadou Sissoko.
Bottom row, from left to right: Madina Kayayeva, Eveleena Beedy, Beau Goodwin, Bailey McCarty, Julie Sandoval, Jenifer Davis, Maria Ekateryna Luna Cobles.
Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship Students Launch Single, Website
Two of Music DirectorMichael Pickering’s Music and Entertainment Entrepreneurship students have started their own music group called HysteriX. John Alcala and Andrew Lee are taking Pickering’s music production and business classes and released their first single. Read more about the duo at their Hysterix website.
New Partnership with the Aurora Artists Guild
CCA has launched a new partnership with the Aurora Artists Guild that will bring the fall 2018 Gateway to the Rockies Art Show to CCA. The show will be installed in the Fine Arts Building on the CentreTech campus from October 5 through November 2. This partnership allows the college to create meaningful connections with the wider community and gives students the opportunity to engage with professional artists.
Colorado Film School Production Airs
On June 15, Rocky Mountain PBS aired “National Governors Association: Governors Get It Done”, a documentary produced by Colorado Film School students during summer 2016.
CFS was asked by National Governors Association to produce the documentary during the association’s bi-annual meeting held in Des Moines, Iowa in 2016. CFS sent 10 students to cover the meeting for five days and students interviewed 14 governors about the role they play in their states.
New Advising Director
LeeDel Cohenour began as Director of Advising on June 1. Formerly the Career Services Director, Cohenour started her career at CCA in January 2017.
She has more than 25 years of experience in the field of career services and led a Career Development Team for 23 years at CU Denver. As CCA's Director of Advising, she will supervise the Academic Advising Department and she will also supervise the Director of Career Services.
President Betsy Oudenhoven talked about Inclusive Excellence and the milestones Community College of Aurora has made toward inclusion during the Colorado Community College System Student Affairs Conference on June 29 in Colorado Springs.
Guided Pathways Presentation
Chris Tombari, Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Liberal Arts, and Tamara White, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, talked about how CCA is implementing its Guided Pathways program across the college during the Student Affairs Conference on June 29.
Erica Maestas, Career Counselor with Career Services and the Center for Workforce Development, married Matthew Hines on June 23 in Ridgeway State Park in Ridgeway, CO.
Maestas also received her master's degree in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University in May.
Art Faculty Stacey Stormes welcomed her son, Hazel Marcel Stormes Granstrom, on May 9. Hazel’s sister, Griffen, is watching over her little brother.
Michele Hosaka Martinez, Testing Center Director, welcomed her son, Henry Haruki Martinez, on June 5. Henry weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.
Colfax Marathon Congratulations!
Community College of Aurora faculty, staff, and instructors participated in the 13th-annual Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon on May 20. CCA staff each ran portions of the race to complete the 26-mile run.
On Monday, May 21, CCA staff gathered in the Rotunda in the Student Centre Building to celebrate the achievement. From left, Chris Tombari, Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Liberal Arts, John Wolfkill, Executive Director of the Community College of Aurora Foundation; President Betsy Oudenhoven; Deb Hoefler, Director of Financial Aid; Victor Vialpando, Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Professional Studies and Sciences, and Xochil Herrera, Controller, wear their medals from the Marathon.
Katherine Brandao, Adjunct Instructor in the Science Department, shows off the giveaways she received after participating in the race.
Senator Bennet Town Hall
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited CCA on May 30 to host a town hall meeting in the Forum in the Fine Arts Building. He answered questions on various topics from the audience.
Hickenlooper Signs Bill
Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 87 on May 30 at the Lowry campus. The bill gives in-state tuition privileges to immigrants who worked with the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan before moving to Colorado, as well as other refugees. Read the Denver Post article about the bill.
Edward Akumaning, Senior Accountant, Grants
Carlos Lopez, Achievement Coach, Strengthening Working Families Initiative
Mary Rusboldt, Assistant to the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Grant Accountant Rhonda Schuman retired on June 29. Rhonda worked for 19 years for the state of Colorado and spent the last 14 years with Community College of Aurora. Campus staff celebrated her career with a party in the Rotunda on June 28.
Caption: Nick Lozano with the Fiscal Affairs Department presented a gift of seashells to Rhonda Schuman.
What are you doing this summer?
Jessica Gagnon, D2L Administrator, visited Alaska in June with her sister and ran a half-marathon. Gagnon is on the left in the photo. She also visited Matanuska Glacier.
Jessica McDermott, Academic Learning Center Coordinator, Writing Studio: “I will be going to Cuba for a week in July with the La Luchita project to learn more about Cuban culture, imperialism, and politics. I am also serving on the International Writing Center’s Association’s Outstanding Book Award Selection Committee.”
Community College of Aurora's hiking group has been on two hikes this summer and plans a few more before the season ends. The group is open to all CCA employees and provides a great way to get to know CCA colleagues and their family members. Anyone interested can contact David Murphy at email@example.com
CCA's hiking group recently visited Devil's Head Fire Lookout in Pike National Forest.