Name: Community College of Aurora
President: Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven
Campus Setting: Large City
The Community College of Aurora is
part of the Colorado Community College System.
Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2015
2015 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total Enrollment: 6,943
Student characteristics (gender, race/ethnicity)
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 1%
Race/ ethnicity unknown: 5%
Two or more races: 5%
Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven
Quote from the President
"Community College of Aurora (CCA) serves an extremely diverse district including the City of Aurora, where approximately one in five families does not speak English as their first language. We take both access and success seriously and seek to provide our students with the structure and support they need to be successful. Our vision is to be the college where every student succeeds. To achieve that vision, we are implementing guided pathways and adopting a philosophy of inclusive excellence, which focuses on both the quality of the educational experience that we provide and the importance of creating a culture where every student can reach his or her potential."
- CCA’s Colorado Film School is consistently named one of the nation’s top 25 best film schools in the country (two or four-year) by The Hollywood Reporter.
- CCA has sent a delegation of students to the National Model United Nations in New York City each of the past two years (and is one of only a handful of community colleges that participate). In addition, our MUN video earned a first place prize in an international competition.
- One might not expect to find such a diverse college east of Denver but CCA is currently the most diverse college in the Colorado community college system and also serves a large immigrant and refugee community.
- We are a young institution. The college was chartered in 1983 and operated for the first seven years as a “college without walls.” The original campus was built on land donated by the City of Aurora and our second campus is located on a former air force base.