CCD Main Campus
P.O. Box 173363
Campus Box 201
Denver, CO 80217-3363
Cherry Creek Building
1111 W Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
800 Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80204
Meet the staff
Elizabeth Collins, Student Success Specialist
I am a Colorado Native. I have found that I have a dichotomy of loving a small mountain community as much as I love the city. I have spent the last five years living in Durango, Colorado, which is a fairly small mountain town in the four corners. At the same time I am happy to be back in Denver. I have two kids which take up all of my spare time, which is fine with me as they are the joy of my life. Their names are Carson and Livia and they are 9 and 7 respectively. I have been happily married for the last nine years to my husband Jon.
I feel lucky to be in such a great community of advocates for students; these students who are so impressive to me by their dedication to advancing their education and improving their life. I earned a degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver in Political Science and History after which I went on to obtain a teachers License from UCD. I am passionate about education and come from a long line of educators. In fact of many of my relatives are teachers or have a degree in education. I was a social studies teacher for many years before transitioning into higher education.
Angela Rodriguez, Student Success Specialist
Angela joined TRIO Student Support Services in January 2014. She is a Colorado native and a first-generation college graduate, not to mention a TRIO SSS Alumnae. Angela earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education from the University of Denver. In 2012, she began teaching at CCD as an adjunct for AAA109 – Advancing Academic Achievement and developed a genuine passion for identifying and supporting the distinct needs of under-represented students, particularly students who are the first in their family to pursue a college degree.
Angela is passionate about helping others and believes that it’s important to give back to her community, and she credits the guidance and support of others who helped her along the way. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a die-hard Broncos fan. She is always looking for a new adventure and enjoys meeting new people.
Favorite quote: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~Henry Ford
Imane Benjelloun, Program Specialist
I was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco - just like the movie - but nowadays Casablanca is much larger and absolutely beautiful. Almost nine years ago, I immigrated with my family to the United States where I was able to finally reunite with my father. I was engrained with the belief that education gave one the ability to make a difference in the world. Regardless of my skin color, language, and religion, I knew that I could someday make a difference. I am African, Arab, and Muslim and I am very proud of my culture and who I am. I earned my Associate of Science at the Community College of Denver, and obtained my bachelor of Psychology and Minor in Biology degree from the University of Colorado Denver. I am a first generation graduate and English is my third language.
My philosophy in life is to accept and be proud of who you are, learn how to accept others because being different is being unique. Never regret attempts in your life, regardless of the outcomes, because they teach you to endure and never relent.
My hobbies include shopping, art, reading, writing poems, and traveling. I definitely enjoy being with my family because they mean the world to me.
Advocating and assisting students to obtain their higher education is what I am here for. I believe that everyone deserves a second chance. I enjoy helping others, especially students who are being challenged but willing to face those challenges and overcome them. I believe in possibilities; I believe that everything is achievable.
It gives me great satisfaction to see my students obtaining their higher education degree and their faces glow with pride; this is how I make a difference in our students’ lives.
Troy Abfalter, Director
I find inspiration in people who get knocked down but keep getting back up; people who bypass what is easy for what is right; people who courageously pursue their full potential despite what life throws at them or tells them. And so I greatly enjoy working with students in TRIO. Our students do not always have an easy road, but they persevere through the ups and downs. They don't quit. I am happy to play a small part in their journey.
As for a little about me, I grew up in Minnesota, I love winter more than anyone you know, and my family means the world to me. I love to learn, to create, to ponder, and to bike to work in sub-zero temperatures. When I am not at work, you will most likely find me playing outside - skiing, kayaking, climbing, trail running, and such. If not there, I am probably reading, writing, or taking pictures. I am an Americorps alumus and I volunteer as an ELA instructor, trail-builder, and youth mentor. I earned my Bachelor's degree at the College of St. Scholastica, my Master's degree from the University of Denver, and I plan to never stop learning. I can convince you that I am a pretty serious person, yet you will find an air guitar behind my file cabinet.
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Student Success Specialist