Jaime Corchado attended CCA as a high school sophomore in 2008 as part of the state’s Concurrent Enrollment program. He continued his education at CCA after high school and earned his Associate of Science degree from CCA in 2011. He attended Colorado School of Mines and earned his Bachelor of Science in 2015 and is now working as a systems engineer & developer at Hewlett-Packard in Fort Collins. As a systems engineer, he creates code for business storage involving big data.
Jaime cites his experience in the Concurrent Enrollment program at CCA as a major factor toward meeting his educational and career needs. Since most of the cost of the Concurrent Enrollment program was paid through Jaime’s school district, he and his family did not have to finance a large portion of his education at the start of his college journey.
“If the program wasn’t there I don’t think I would have even tried to go to college,” Jaime said. “Once I stayed in school, I knew I had to keep going.”
While at CCA, Jaime discovered that there was more to learning than simply handing in assignments and taking tests like in high school; at CCA, he learned to think more critically. “All the classes were asking serious questions,” Jaime said. “In high school, you’re never posed those questions.”
While at CCA, Jaime enjoyed the level of diversity found on campus – he often met students who were from very different backgrounds than his or he met people who encountered great difficulty to make it to college.
“You hear a lot of inspirational stories from CCA,” Jaime said.
For students considering attending college and whether or not to go, Jaime said that CCA is a great fit and will definitely change your mind about attending college.
“If you’re struggling to go to college, [CCA] will push you in the right direction to keep going,” Jaime said.