Community Partnership Opportunities
About Partnering with CCD
Here we have detailed several ways Denver community members and organizations can connect with CCD students and make a difference in the lives of the future workforce of Colorado. Because successful partnerships must meet the needs of all parties, CCD offers a variety of opportunities allowing you to choose the approach that is best suited to your interest, availability, and means.
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Many CCD students benefit from studying in the Excel Knowledge Zones, as well as accessing walk-in individual or group tutoring resources. Math and writing center tutors work with students in all levels of mathematics and writing assignments, providing students the opportunity to strengthen their skills and ask questions outside the classroom. Similarly, non-native English speaking students benefit from engaging with proficient English speakers in the ESL center to improve their language skills, readying them for college classes.
Several CCD programs — such as the Urban Male Initiative and Trio Student Support Services — seek to utilize mentors to work with program participants. Adults who have successfully completed a postsecondary degree and who bring experience from the workplace help students to create and navigate their plans.
Selection of Scholarship Applicants
Annually, CCD and the CCD Foundation award hundreds of scholarships to deserving CCD students through a competitive application process. Students submit a single application, which includes an essay. Dozens of volunteers spend three to five hours online each spring reading and scoring applications to help determine student eligibility for scholarships.
The CCD Foundation exists to increase resources for CCD and its students; soliciting and facilitating financial donations, event sponsorships, and donations of materials and equipment.
Businesses, organizations, and/or individuals can give the gift of education by contributing to existing scholarship funds, establishing a new named scholarship or choose to ensure a lasting impact by funding an endowed scholarship. Due to matching gift relationship with the Colorado Community Colleges Foundation, donations to the CCD Foundation are matched 1:1, doubling their impact!
Student Support Programs
CCD provides academic support and extracurricular opportunities that contribute to student success and help students to more effectively transition to college and increase persistence, graduation and transfer rates.
General Support/Unrestricted Giving
Undesignated gifts provide the CCD Foundation with the flexibility to put donor funds to the best use on behalf of CCD and its students.
Annually, CCD hosts various events for students and/or community members. Each event offers sponsorship opportunities appropriate to its size and impact.
Many of CCD’s career and technical programs expend materials and supplies for hands-on practical teaching and learning. Whether steel for welding or linens and towels for the nurse aide or veterinary technology programs, CCD appreciates donations of items that improve programs and help us to keep tuition low. Additionally, to benefit students in need, CCD hosts a food pantry and is always interested in donations of non-perishable items.
Consumer-focused businesses can donate gift cards valued between $25 and $100 that are used for student or faculty/staff incentives, door prizes and/or silent auction items at College or CCD Foundation fundraising events.
Specialized equipment can have a second life in CCD classrooms. Because possibilities are too numerous to list, please review CCD’s programs and call if you believe you have equipment in good working order that could be of use to CCD.
Workplace Panels & Guest Speakers
Business people add value as guest instructors in classes aligned with their area of expertise and participate in panel discussions ranging from perspectives on workplace opportunities, appropriate attire & culture for specific industries and career opportunities.
Job Shadowing & Internships
Providing students with the opportunity to shadow persons holding jobs of interest increases the relevancy of what they learn in class. Internships provide a deeper level of involvement for students to learn job skills. Whether paid or unpaid, internships can be scheduled during both the school year and/or summer.
Workforce Initiative Now (WIN) supports training and recruiting partnerships in high-growth industries and streamlines connections between CCD, community-based organizations, and local employers to create regional workforce solutions.
Adjunct instructors teach one or more courses while continuing their profession or when transitioning to retirement. Persons interested in sharing their knowledge, experience and real-world expertise provide valuable contributions to CCD’s students.
As an open-door institution of higher education, Community College of Denver is a leading point of entry for students seeking an academic transfer, career and technical education, workforce training, or remedial education. CCD is a diverse postsecondary institution; the only college in the metro-Denver area that has been federally recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (since 2000). CCD is also a military-friendly college and boasts an international student population that represents more than 70 nations from around the world.
Located on the vibrant Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, CCD is student-centered and dedicated to providing an exceptional education. Over half of CCD students are from low-income families and are the first in their families to attend college. Many students are academically unprepared and benefit from small class sizes, an excellent and caring faculty, extensive advisory and support services, and scholarships.