Special Academic Programs

Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AROTC)

The Military Science Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AROTC) Program is offered on the Auraria Campus to all interested students at Community College of Denver. The Department of Military Science offers programs leading to an officer’s commission in the active Army, Army Reserve, or National Guard, in conjunction with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Military Science courses are designed to supplement a regular degree program by providing practical leadership and management experience. Enrollment in the Basic Course (freshman and sophomore years) incurs no military obligation except for Army scholarship recipients.

Students may participate in activities with the Buffalo Battalion’s Charlie Company, located on the Auraria Campus, to include color guard, intramural sports, running club, and ranger challenge. Weekly or Saturday leadership labs provide cadets with practical leadership experience and performance-oriented, hands-on instruction outside of the classroom. Leadership labs are compulsory for enrolled cadets. Physical Training (PT) is conducted three times a week with the purpose of developing muscular strength, endurance, and cardio-respiratory endurance.

Applications for second- and third-year scholarships are open to all community college students, but acceptance of an AROTC scholarship requires enrollment at a four-year, degree-granting university. For more information about scholarships, contact the Enrollment/Scholarship officer at 303.492.3549.

Since AROTC classes at Auraria Campus are taught at MSU Denver, students must register using the inter-institutional process, which incurs no additional costs. The AROTC classes at CCD use the ARM prefix (MSU Denver uses MILR).

For assistance with the inter-institutional registration process, contact CCD's Admissions, Registration & Records office at 303.556.2420.

More information about AROTC is available by contacting the Department of Military Science office at 303.352.7419.

Developmental Education Program

CCD has a comprehensive developmental education program for students who need to upgrade reading, English, math, and/or study skills. It includes:

  • an evaluation or assessment of a student’s basic academic skills;
  • an interpretation of assessment test results by skilled faculty and advisors;
  • skill development courses in reading, mathematics, writing, and study skills;
  • support with computer-assisted instruction;
  • preparation for GED; and
  • English-as-a-Second-Language instruction and support.

For more information, contact the Testing Center, Academic Advising, the Center for Math & Science (303.556.3812), or the Center for Arts and Humanities (303.556.2473).

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is education that emphasizes personal experience of the learner rather than learning from lectures, books, and other second-hand sources. This includes cooperative education, academic internships, apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships. For more information, students should contact their Academic Advisor and review the Internship Handbook.

Honors Program

The CCD Honors Program was established in 1990 to recognize outstanding talent among CCD students and to provide a supportive, stimulating community for them throughout their time at CCD.

Students in CCD’s Honors Program go a step beyond the routine, turning ordinary courses into extraordinary learning experiences. Student transcripts will reflect the individual Honors courses and the overall completion of the Honors Program, providing recognition that will serve students as they transfer to other institutions, seek scholarships, and pursue career goals.

All CCD students are welcome in the program. To participate, students contract with individual instructors to do work above and beyond the ordinary class requirements. Once they have completed this supplemental work, the class will be transcripted as an “Honors course.” There is no fee to join the Honors Program.

Students who complete the Honors Program (15 credits worth of Honors Courses with 3.5 or better cumulative GPA) will have their degrees and/or certificates awarded with Honors. Honors Program graduates receive special recognition at CCD’s annual commencement ceremony. Also CCD's Honors Program can be transferred to MSU Denver's Honors Program.

To learn more, please visit www.CCD.edu/Honors or contact the Honors Program Coordinator at 303.556.3861.