Joshua Harges, Matthew Downey named to PTK All-Colorado Academic Team

 Community College of Aurora students Joshua Harges of Aurora and Matthew Downey of Castle Rock have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team and were recognized along with their peers from other Colorado community colleges during a special ceremony and luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Denver on March 9. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States and around the world.

Joshua Harges will graduate in May with a degree in accounting and is bursting with ideas about his future: he would like to transfer to University of Denver or Baylor for a bachelor’s degree; he aims to complete an internship at Ball Aerospace, followed by employment there, with eventual promotion to CFO; he enjoys forays into stock and real estate investing. Harges juggles a 15-credit-hour schedule and two full-time jobs (assistant manager of a retail store; para-educator at a childcare center). Harges also serves as vice president of service at CCA’s PTK chapter and he volunteers as a basketball coach. His favorite pastime? “Give me a boat, and I’d fish every day for the rest of my life,” he says.

When the robotics revolution comes, Matthew Downey plans to be a part of it. Following graduation, Downey will study software engineering at Regis University. An admitted “tinkerer” since childhood, Downey, a Miami, Fla., native, took advantage of CCA’s Open Entry classes to learn at a faster pace. Seeking to better support his two-year-old daughter, Downey knows that a degree is crucial to his success. Down the road, he sees himself working at a small startup company – possibly doing cell phone programming, which he does on the side as a hobby. “When I’m not studying for school, I’m writing code,” he says.

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