Denise Elwell graduated from CCA in May 2011 with an Associate of General Studies degree. An inaugural member of the Integrated Nursing Pathway Program launched in 2010, Denise is now attending the second stage of the program at University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Nursing.
Denise left the financial services industry in 2008. After more than 30 years in the financial world specializing in capital markets and risk management in the mortgage banking industry, she was ready for a change. Embarking on a career in nursing was a lifelong ambition. The newly launched Integrated Nursing Pathway Program was a perfect fit. With no real exposure to the sciences or the health care field, Denise was eager to jump in.
CCA was a welcoming environment, according to Denise, "It is so rewarding to be able to pursue something I have always wanted to do. Higher education is so stimulating. The academic environment is a daily dose of motivation and excitement in gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful nurse. What motivates me about nursing is the wide variety of practical applications. A nursing career offers many choices for specialization. Many of these choices have piqued my interest, especially the rural and public health fields."
Denise has already completed her first semester at CU and is thrilled to continue her journey. It is clear that Denise's studies at CCA helped her transition from one career field into another. Denise is able to realize her dream of becoming a nurse in a time when qualified nurses are at a premium in our communities.
Gloria Ochoa attended CCA several times, starting in ‘95 and again in 2009, when she completed two certificates, Unix Administration and Network Security. After taking some electives in her first CCA experience, she then transferred to the University of Phoenix where she obtained double bachelor’s degrees in Information Systems and Business Management. After working as an IT Manager for DMR Consulting, a Manager of Protocol Reviews at Anschutz Medical Center and the Web/IT Manager for the City of Centennial, she found her calling as the VP of IT and Marketing, all the while working towards transitioning into her current business of IT consulting.
Her company helps people find their “home on the web,” through web design, social media development/administration, logo design, technical/policy/procedures writing, instruction, tech support and more. But that’s not all Gloria focuses on, she also co-owns Ruff Riders Pets Services, a dog walking, pet sitting and basic dog obedience training company with her husband; volunteers for the Tallahassee Volunteer Fire Department in Canon City, Colo; and teaches classes at Aurora Center For Active Adults.
Gloria’s prolific career is not only impressive, it’s also inspiring. And as a self-proclaimed “huge advocate of CCA and continued life-long learning,” she is the poster child of what continuing education (even a few classes at a time) can do to improve your life.
Brit Springer knows that every sturdy career starts first with a solid foundation. After receiving an Associate of Arts in 2001 from CCA, Brit went on to finish her BA in Fine Arts and Computer Imaging at Metro State University. From there she started her career working with homebuilder websites like Parade of Homes, Colorado New Homes and more.
After relocating from Colorado to Wisconsin in 2011, Brit keeps busy running two businesses and volunteering in her home community. Her first company, Moonlight Design Studio (Formerly One Ear Productions) is “a multimedia design company that creates/designs marketing materials from websites to large scale print materials.” Some of her clients include HomeAid Colorado and Little Free Library. Her other venture is Small Towns, America an e-magazine publisher that promotes for small towns in Wisconsin today, but it “will be expanding outward in the future.”
Corie is an overachiever when it comes to education, and that keeps her ahead of the curve in her career. Corie started her educational path by obtaining an Associate of Applied Science – Film/Video Technology, Associate of General Studies and a certificate in videography/cinematography from CCA. From there she went on to finish her studies at the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Film and Television.
She started her post collegiate career working her way up the ladder in a television production company, running the gamut of roles from Production Assistant, Camera Operator, Post Production Supervisor, Line Producer and more. Now, Corie can be found in the world of live video streaming, innovating and curating as the Director of Business Development and Head of Video Production. Hardworking is an understatement when it comes to Corie’s ethic, ensuring a bright and limitless future.
Gordon received not one, but two degrees from the Community College of Aurora. In 2005 he graduated with an Associate of General Studies and an Associate of Applied Science – Film/Video Technology. Gordon continued his education at the University of Colorado at Denver, going on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Gordon’s educational successes lead to much professional acclaim as he started his own media company, Prajna Media Group, Inc. His company has worked on projects for local television, PBS, Disney , Xfinity Latino Entertainment Channel and even created a small film with a $1 million budget. In 2014, Gordon was awarded a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Heartland Regional EMMY® award, a very prestigious honor.
Gordon beams about the opportunities provided by his first alma mater, “CCA helped me create a solid, educational foundation that would help me live my dreams.”