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As a fully accredited two-year college, an education from Community College of Denver can take you anywhere. No matter if your goal is transferring to a 4-year university, starting a new career, or upgrading your skills, the education you receive at CCD will get you there!

Education that Works for You

The face of education has changed, and so has Community College of Denver. We’ve adapted to provide our students with the best possible remote services and learning options. Despite the challenges, we are providing you with innovative support – online tutoring, laptops and hotspots provided as needed, and digital course materials to save you money.

Many of our students find their tuition is covered by financial aid and scholarships and they attend without incurring any debt. Education never stops, and neither do we.

Our History

Community College of Denver (CCD) is the only community college in the city and county of Denver and is surrounded by history, arts, sports and culture.

As one of 13 institutions in the Colorado Community College System, CCD is the third largest with more than 8,000 students taking classes both online and in the classrooms. In 1967, the Colorado legislature created CCD, with classes commencing three years later in a renovated auto showroom close to the Civic Center. Over the next few years, the college expanded into nearby retail storefronts due to a rapidly increasing enrollment. Thankfully, in 1975, the College moved to the 150-acre Auraria Higher Education Center campus in downtown Denver.

Originally the site of the 1858 frontier town of Auraria, the campus has the oldest-standing structure in Denver — the former Temple Emmanuel (now Emmanuel Gallery), an exhibition space for student and faculty artwork. Situated along the west bank of Cherry Creek, CCD is also the only community college in the nation to share a campus with two four-year universities — Metropolitan State University of Denver and University of Colorado – Denver. Together the three institutions share classroom buildings, a fully accessible health center, a regional library, recreational facilities, a performing arts center and a student union.

Join our rich student body and start your educational goals here at a college that supports its students’ goals, celebrates their achievements, and seeks to increase the number of college graduates in the city of Denver and surrounding communities

Auraria Campus


A partner of CCD, Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) is committed to providing an effective, comprehensive, and supportive environment that facilitates the mission of Community College of Denver.


The Auraria Campus is also home to two four-year universities — Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver. This unique partnership creates a one-of-a-kind campus experience, allowing CCD students to participate in amazing extracurricular activities and access a university-caliber library, student union, recreation opportunities, and more.

The campus has a unique history, beginning with a gold strike near the site of the campus in 1858. CCD also has additional locations, right in downtown denver.

CCD’s Career & Transfer Success is committed to helping you prepare for your next steps after you complete your educational goals at CCD.

CCD Human Services

The mission of CCD’s Human Services Program is to support students’ academic success by providing all Cityhawks with inclusive, collaborative and student-centered support services and culturally-responsive programming. Specifically, we offer non-clinical peer support, strength-based coaching, connection to campus, community-based resources and assistance, as well as professional development, training, and advocacy opportunities. The CCD Human Services Program also works to eliminate hunger and improve the health and well-being of all Cityhawks through the CCD Food Pantry which provides judgment-free access to healthy and nutritious foods and food assistance programs. To schedule a meeting, please fill out our short Human Services Request Form

To achieve our mission, the CCD Human Services Program commits to:

  • Value difference & multiplicity
  • Engage the students we serve in a meaningful way.
  • Foster a holistic approach to supporting students
  • Challenge systems of oppression
  • Create a culture of self-reflection both as individuals and as a team.
  • Resolve conflict at the lowest level of harm by using a transformative justice approach
  • Utilize a healing Justice framework to transform the consequences of oppression faced by the students we serve.
  • Promote food justice by addressing historic trauma associated with injustice in our food system.

Vision, Mission, Strategic Plan & Institutional Outcomes

CCD students graduate from cutting-edge programs ready to take the next step in their lives, whether it’s to transfer to a four-year institution or begin a new career.

CCD promotes excellence in teaching, learning, and service to a diverse community and enrolls over 8,000 students each year on its Auraria and Lowry campuses and online. Among the student population, 92 percent are Colorado residents, more than 30 percent are Latinx, more than 50 percent self-identify as underrepresented, and our international students represent more than 40 nations. The College offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in transfer and occupational education, and CCD’s core classes are guaranteed to transfer to Colorado public colleges and universities.


Every member of our community will attain the education they desire.


CCD provides our diverse community an opportunity to gain quality higher education and achieve personal and professional success in a supportive and inclusive environment.


  • Involvement
  • Student-Focus
  • Integrity
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Excellence
  • Healthy Work Environment

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