Resources for New Students

CCD has many services to help students make the most of their time at the college, so that they leave with the knowledge and skills needed for career success or to transfer to a four-year institution.

New Student Orientation | 303.352.3166

All students who are new to CCD must sign up for and attend student orientation. Students will leave orientation prepared to meet with their advisors and register for classes.

At orientation, students will have the opportunity to learn about services on campus, develop community with other new students, and become prepared for success in classes. Orientation will allow students to become familiar with the syllabus and classroom expectations. During orientation, students will learn how to use CCD Connect, Degree Works, and Desire to Learn (D2L). Students will also learn extensively about services and programs that are integral to success at CCD, including Academic Advising, the Transfer Success Center, the Career Development Center, Financial Aid, the Recreation Center, the Auraria Library, and more.

By attending orientation, students will be prepared to register for and be successful in classes.

Academic Advising Center (AAC) | Confluence 123 | 303.556.2481

CCD’s Academic Advisors are an important of a student's success team.

The relationship that students have with their assigned Academic Advisor is important, ensuring that students choose the right major or program for their educational and career goals and reach the goal of graduation and/or transfer.

New/transfer students are assigned an Advisor based on their declared program or major within two weeks of the beginning for their first semester.

Advising Pathways

All degrees and certificate programs are clustered into seven Advising Pathways, each with their own advising experts. Students will meet with the same Advisor the whole time they are at CCD, giving continuity and a single point of contact.

The Advising Pathways are as follows:

  • Arts, Humanities, & Design
  • Business & Public Administration
  • Health Sciences
  • Science, Engineering, Technology, & Math
  • Industry, Manufacturing, and Construction
  • Education & Teaching
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences

Students may go to the Academic Advising Center website to learn more about the Pathways and CCD’s degrees and certificates:


CCD faculty members are experts in their subject areas. They can inform students about jobs, salaries, and four-year colleges and universities where students can continue their education.

The Resource Center | Cherry Creek 141 | 303.556.4964

The Resource Center's mission is to enhance the academic success of all students at Community College of Denver. Staff is available to assist students throughout their whole journey—from application to graduation and transfer. Students are provided guidance, information, and resources that are essential to creating and growing their "tool box" of strategies that will enhance success in the domains of academic, financial, and personal wellness. The Resource Center also houses the First Year Experience Program, which guides the transition into college for first-time college students. In addition, the Resource Center provides programming that coaches Denver Scholars to help ensure that they keep their scholarships and maintain success as college students.

TRIO Programs - Funded By the U.S. Department of Education

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) | Cherry Creek, Suite 137 | 303.352.8746 (TRIO)

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a community-service program that provides educational planning, information, and assistance. These services, which are free and open to the general public, include:

  • career counseling
  • college/university admission
  • vocational-technical school enrollment
  • academic assessment coordination
  • federal and state student financial aid application (FAFSA) assistance
  • scholarship searches
  • educational planning workshops

Student Support Services (SSS) | Cherry Creek 137 | 303.352.8746 (TRIO)

The Student Support Services (SSS) program serves low-income, first-generation college students and students with documented disabilities. The SSS staff and peer mentors provide students with many services, including academic advising and course selection, academic tutoring, financial aid application assistance, scholarship search assistance, transfer guidance, career exploration, a Summer Bridge Program, and social-cultural activities.

Summer Bridge Program | 303.352.8746 (TRIO)

Prior to each fall semester, as a part of SSS, the Summer Bridge Program is offered to participants, which provides a foundation for a successful college education. This program serves freshmen and returning students who enter CCD in either the summer or fall semester. In this program, students prepare to take classes, learn about financial assistance, explore career options, participate in a variety of enrichment activities, and learn about student services at CCD.