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Community College of Aurora

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About the College

CCA, founded in 1983, attracts a diverse population

The Community College of Aurora takes education

and ethnicities reflecting the surrounding

to a whole new level, combining solid theory with practical training. With this approach, CCA equips students with relevant learning for life that goes beyond the book. Students graduate from the college’s cutting-edge programs ready to move to the next step in their lives, whether they transfer to a four-year institution or begin a new career. Located in Aurora, Colorado’s third-largest city, CCA serves more than 425,000 residents in a 350 square-mile service area that spans portions of three counties (Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver). The service area includes Aurora, eastern Denver, some southern suburban communities, and part of the eastern plains. CCA’s two campuses, CentreTech and Lowry, are home to more than 14,000 students annually. Both facilities are equipped with the latest technologies, allowing students to study new and traditional programs.

of students of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, communities. In the last decade, CCA’s focus to serve the diverse population has resulted in double the number of students of color, student representation of five continents and more than 100 countries, and the provision of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for both community and pre-collegiate programs. CCA has a vibrant veterans and military community, and the college is committed to helping students with a military connection reach their educational goals. A neighbor to Buckley Air Force Base, CCA nurtures an ongoing collaboration whereby military members, as well as their spouses and dependents, are offered educational opportunities at the college. CCA’s growing partnership with Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools has exceeded expectations for concurrent enrollment. Students receive both high school and college credit for successful completion of core courses. This rigorous program not only increases college awareness but college participation. Classes are held on CCA’s campuses and in local high schools.

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Mission Statement

CCA and Accreditation

The Community College of Aurora provides lifelong educational

The Community College of Aurora is accredited by the

opportunities, prepares the current and future workforce, and

Commission of Institutions of Higher Education of the North

promotes excellence in teaching, learning and service to our

Central Association of Colleges and Schools. CCA has been

diverse community.

accredited by the HLC since 1988.


CCA participates in the HLC’s Program to Evaluate and Advance

The Community College of Aurora aspires to be the college of choice for the eastern metro region.

Values Respect, Collaboration, Quality, Access, Diversity, Inclusion

Strategic Goals • • • • •

Increase student retention, completion, and transfer rates. Continually improve student learning. Increase student enrollment. Strengthen human resources. Strengthen the college’s visibility and community relations.

Quality (PEAQ), one avenue for maintaining accreditation. CCA’s next peer review team visit is scheduled for April 2013.

CCA Expansion The CCA Foundation has launched a capital campaign titled “Transforming Lowry, Transforming Lives” to raise funds and provide resources for expansion and remodel of the facilities on the Lowry campus. Phase I was recently completed adding a beautiful student services center and a new entryway to the campus, which ensures accessible services for students and community at Lowry. Fundraising for Phase II is currently underway.

Signature Programs

Colorado Film School

CCA is small enough to get to know students, and big enough to offer numerous courses of

This year the CCA’s Colorado Film School (CFS) was named to list of “25 Best Film Schools in

study to meet educational goals. CCA signature programs include:

the World” by The Hollywood Reporter. CFS is on the list alongside prestigious institutions

Nationally recognized Emergency Medical Service program

American Bar Association approved Paralegal program

Colorado Film School, ranked 25th best film school in the world

Fast-Track Computer Science, Web Design, and Business programs

Prominent Science programs lead to degree programs at the University of Colorado

such as the American Film Institute, University of Southern California, UCLA, Syracuse University, Columbia University, Stanford, and the Beijing Film Academy. The Colorado Film School has also been highlighted recently in International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) Magazine as one of the “superlative” film programs in the nation. Many students opt to take advantage of the School’s partnership with Regis University, in which they can seamlessly transfer to the four-year institution for a bachelor of fine arts degree.

Health Science Center on the Anschutz Campus

Center for Simulation

Bioscience program meets growing demand in leading industry in Colorado

CCA’s Disaster Management Institute (DMI) of Colorado features a fully functional Emergency

Innovative programs in remedial education

Opportunities of a Lifetime In June, five CCA students participated in a project designed to help NASA scientists to research the effects of long-term exposure to zero-gravity for astronauts and other living things. At NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the students flew on the KC-135 aircraft, which simulates flight in space.

Operations Center to train CCA students and working professionals alike to manage simulated disasters of all types and sizes. The Institute serves as a model for interagency collaboration, workforce training and development, and is key to CCA’s Center for Simulation and Public Service programs. The facility employs some of the most advanced technology available offering realistic environments to train first responders, on-scene commanders, and incident command teams.

Integrated Nursing Pathways CCA and the University of Colorado College of Nursing offer a unique, integrated pathway to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Students earn an Associate of General Studies from Community College of Aurora within the program. The Integrated Nursing Pathway program provides outstanding preparation for professional nursing practice. Students admitted into the Integrated Nursing Pathway receive the best education from nationally recognized institutions. CCA is noted for innovative programs in science and for providing support services for its exceptionally diverse community. University of Colorado’s College of Nursing is ranked 15th among nearly 100 programs in the country.

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Established as the original permanent location of the Community College of Aurora, the CentreTech Campus is nestled in a welcoming, picturesque neighborhood on the east side of the Highline Canal in central Aurora. The CentreTech Campus has a small college campus environment and is home to many of the college’s general studies programs, such as history, English, mathematics, anthropology, psychology, teacher education, philosophy and sociology. The CentreTech campus is home to the college’s performing arts and theatre programs as well as the college’s Student Centre.

CentreTech Campus

16000 E. CentreTech Parkway Aurora, CO 80011-9036 303.360.4700

Once home of the United States Air Force Academy, CCA’s Lowry Campus is transforming the look and feel of the western boundary of “Original Aurora.” This dynamic campus houses truly cutting-edge facilities including the Colorado Film School and the Center for Simulation. Supporting nearly 45% of the total student population, the Lowry Campus is the primary location for the College’s lab sciences, health science programs, business and computer science programs, Aurora Language Center, and the School of Art and Media. At Lowry, the once bleak airplane hangars, officers’ quarters, and military buildings have been redeveloped into a thriving urban community and college campus.

Lowry Campus 710 Alton Way Denver, CO 80230 303.340.7093

About Aurora

Education flourishes in Aurora, with five school districts and eight

Once a budding frontier town of farmers and ranchers just east of

residents and those beyond the city limits.

the state’s capital, Aurora today is Colorado’s third largest city where people come together to experience recreational adventures, food

campuses of higher learning meeting the instructional needs of

For two years in a row, Aurora achieved national recognition from

of another culture, artistic interludes or just plain relaxation.

America’s Promise Alliance as one of “100 Best Communities for

Aurora is a strategically located hub for commerce and industry

people. The competition recognizes communities across the

on the eastern edge of the metro area. Interstates 70 and E-470 have evolved into significant business and industry magnets, with thousands of acres in business parks hosting major distribution

Young People” presented by ING for its initiatives to help young country that focus on reducing high school dropout rates and providing service and support to their youth.

centers for some of the country’s top companies.

At 151 square miles, the city reaches into Arapahoe, Adams

Only minutes away from Denver International Airport, the city

emphasizes the formation of livable, full-service neighborhoods.

is home to more than 10,400 businesses, and public and private sector employment amounts to roughly 101,000 people. Aurora is home to a vibrant business environment, including major industries such as aerospace, military, high-tech, biotechnology, healthcare,

and Douglas counties. Aurora’s strategic comprehensive plan

Tree-lined streets, open prairie, majestic views of the mountains and ample neighborhood parks make Aurora neighborhoods the ideal place to call home. Over 450 neighborhoods complete the

distribution and manufacturing.

fabric of the community.

With a highly educated workforce of whom more than 30 percent

Aurora’s climate is mild and dry, with more than 300 days of

are college graduates, the city attracts major companies such as Buckley Air Force Base, the University of Colorado Health

sunshine a year, offering residents and visitors ample opportunity to get outside, stay fit and enjoy all that Colorado living has to offer.

Sciences Center and Hospital, The Children’s Hospital, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, ADT Security Services, Lockheed Martin, Graebel Cos., Inc., and Kaiser Permanente. The Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the Aurora Economic Development Council provide

Source: 2004 - 2010 City of Aurora, Colorado

support for attracting such businesses and getting them involved in the community.

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Presidential Qualifications

style that involves others in the decision-making process

The Community College of Aurora is seeking an innovative,

through shared governance, college-wide teamwork and

charismatic and inspirational leader capable of leading the college to new levels of excellence. CCA seeks: •

An outgoing individual who possesses excellent interpersonal

with and with guidance from the faculty, will work to focus on and relevance in the curriculum and who will work to develop

and ongoing, straightforward forms of communication with

new programs and offerings to meet the needs of the

faculty, staff and students regarding important issues;

students and the workforce;

A leader who will embrace, actively participate in and be

A student-centered leader who can help grow enrollments through creative marketing and retain students by ensuring

balancing the internal and external needs and priorities of

excellence in academics and building strong support services

the college;

and a dynamic campus life program;

A candidate who will embrace and be committed to the

An individual with demonstrated knowledge of and experience with innovative academic and administrative

continuing to contribute to the expansion and growth of the

technology including social and digital media and

college by demonstrating vision and creativity;

distance learning;

A leader who celebrates and has a commitment to all aspects

An experienced and highly capable financial manager who will lead the college with transparency, fiscal discipline, and accountability;

A person of the highest personal and professional integrity who is honest, fair and collaborative;

A strong, experienced academic leader who, in collaboration the academic mission of the college by ensuring excellence

of diversity for students and staff; •

skills; one who engages and creatively establishes regular

mission, vision and values of this community college, while

consensus building;

skills and outstanding oral and written communication

involved with this dynamic, urban community, while carefully

An inclusive leader with an approachable, collaborative, open

A person who values and prioritizes professional development

A successful record of cultivating external relationships

for all employees, with proven experience in recruiting,

(friend raising), developing partnerships, soliciting donations,

developing, retaining, and motivating staff;

garnering resources, and obtaining external financial support (fundraising);



A person who understands the economic climate in the

College President reports to and is under the supervision of

communities served by the college and uses this knowledge

the System President and is responsible for acting in accordance

to help the college become a stimulus for economic

with established policies, procedures and standards of CCCS, and

development by willingly and innovatively working with K-12

all applicable laws and regulations and executing all functions

and business and industry to help grow the local economy

and activities of the college, consistent with the Annual Plan for

and college enrollment through partnerships;

the College.

An innovative leader with the ability and confidence to

The College President provides leadership to College staff in

successfully manage the Community College of Aurora

order to achieve maximum performance and results. Establishes

under the supervision of the System President, who can work

strategies and specific measurable goals to increase enrollment,

collaboratively and constructively with the central system

attendance and persistence at the College by recent high school

office and the other colleges within the Colorado Community

graduates. Is involved with the local community to the extent

College System.

necessary to achieve the successful promotion of the image and

Required Qualifications

reputation of the College, and to ensure familiarity with local

Applicants must have the educational credentials and executive

the College to its students.

leadership experience necessary to earn the respect and trust of the academic and business communities. A master’s degree is the minimum qualification with advanced degrees highly preferred. Significant prior executive leadership responsibility and experience in an organization of similar size and complexity required.

Salary and Benefits Salary and benefits package is competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

Position Summary The College President is responsible for improving the quality

community resources that may improve the services provided by

The College President cooperates and interacts effectively with the System President, CCCS staff and the Board and exercises sound judgment in helping to develop and implement systemwide initiatives. Consistently and positively complies with CCCS standards, policies and procedures. Performs all other tasks as may be assigned from time to time by the Board or the System President or their respective designees to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff and the current operational needs of the College as they may change from time to time. A complete job description can be found at

of life and the economic wellbeing of the Colorado citizens and communities by providing access to a quality learning environment and fostering student success.

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Position Summary Application Procedures To ensure full consideration in CCA’s presidential search, applicants must submit the following information:

• • • • •

A cover letter describing qualifications and experience as they relate to the specific requirements of this position; A current resume; A copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (Official transcripts will be required upon hire); The names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of a minimum of five professional references; The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of all supervisors for whom you have worked during the past 10 years.

Materials should be submitted electronically to: Or items that need to be sent in hard copy format may be mailed to: Colorado Community College System c/o Cynthia Hier, Executive Director, Human Resources 9101 East Lowry Boulevard Denver, CO 80230-6011 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, it is anticipated an initial screening of applications will begin on approximately February 16, 2012. Confidential inquiries regarding the search may be made to Cynthia Hier by contacting her at 720-858-2791. Community College of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or physical impairment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. For information regarding Community College of Aurora Security, including crime statistics for the campus and related property, please see the CCA website at A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the College Security Office upon request.

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