Community College of Denver

Community College of Denver

One of the buildings on the Auraria Campus used by the Community College of Denver
Motto "Explore. Experience. Engage."
Type Community college
Established 1967
Academic staff
121 full-time
Students 12,901 [1]
Location Denver, Colorado, United States
39°44′27.49″N 105°0′10.14″W / 39.7409694°N 105.0028167°W / 39.7409694; -105.0028167Coordinates: 39°44′27.49″N 105°0′10.14″W / 39.7409694°N 105.0028167°W / 39.7409694; -105.0028167
Campus Urban
Colors Purple, gold, and white
Nickname CCD
Affiliations Colorado Community College System (CCCS)

Community College of Denver (CCD) is a community college in Denver, Colorado, United States. The main campus is at Auraria Campus and it has two other locations in the Denver metropolitan area. CCD focuses on underserved, first-generation, and minority students. In 2008-2009, nearly 60% of CCD students were first-generation and 90% qualified for financial aid.

CCD is one of 13 colleges in the Colorado Community College System. The college offers over 100 degree and certification options, including workforce training, career planning and transfer to other state schools. It is the only two-year college in the nation that shares a campus and facilities with two four-year universities, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver.

CCD recently opened the Confluence Building, which is a student information center.


Originally established in 1967 for the Colorado Legislature, CCD is housed in the oldest neighborhood in Denver. The campus, known as The Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) was completed in 1976 and accommodates three colleges: CCD, Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver. In 1985 CCD North opened on Downing Street, six miles northeast of Auraria. CCD North houses the trade programs of welding and precision machining. The Nursing and Allied Health programs are located on the Lowry Campus, formerly Lowry Air Force Base.[2][3]


CCD has over 9,000 students, 28% of which are full-time and 72% are part-time (Fall 2015 census data).

Academic programs

CCD is an "open door" higher education institution offering four degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies. With more than 100 areas of study in subject areas ranging from articulation and transfer, general education, career and technical education, to health sciences and nursing, Community College of Denver awards more than 700 associate degrees and certificates annually, serving almost 10,000 students per semester.


CCD is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission which is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). CCD participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).[4]


  1. SURDS Fall 2010
  2. Auraria Higher Education Center
  3. The Auraria Higher Education Center" How It Came To Be" by Frank C. Abbott @ 1999
  4. The Higher Learning Commission
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