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May 1, 2018 – Aurora, CO – Graduating from high school is a major achievement. However, for Isabelle Medina, this will be a graduation to remember because this Saturday she will receive her college degree nearly two weeks before she receives her high school diploma.
At age 17, Isabelle is a first-generation college student and the youngest student to graduate this year from the Community College of Aurora. “I am very glad I finished my degree,” she said. “It was a challenge to schedule classes between high school and college, but my counselor and I made it work.” Isabelle is part of the Concurrent Enrollment program at CCA, where students can take high school and college courses simultaneously free of charge if they are eligible. One-third of CCA’s student population is Concurrent Enrollment students and the program is a great way for high school students to jump-start their college education or career training.
On Saturday, May 5, Isabelle will receive her Associate of Science degree in psychology and on Monday, May 21, she will receive her high school diploma from Rangeview High School. “I want to be a therapist because I want to help people,” she said. “There is a huge need among young people and I want to give back to the community.” After graduation, she plans to transfer to the University of Colorado Denver where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology. What advice does she have for students entering college? “Follow your passion and keep doing it.”
Community College of Aurora Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10 a.m.
Magness Arena at the University of Denver
2240 Buchtel Blvd., Denver, Colorado 80210
Isabelle Medina will graduate from the Community College of Aurora on Saturday, May 5, 2018.
About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and eastern Denver, Colorado. The college offers courses on two campuses and online courses for degree or certificate completion. CCA students engage in programs that help them realize their potential by preparing them for transfer to a four-year institution and employment.