Arapahoe Community College

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Arapahoe Community College
Established 1965
Type Community College
President Diana M. Doyle
Students 20,000 (annually)
Location Littleton, Colorado, USA
39°36′30″N 105°01′11″W / 39.6084°N 105.0196°W / 39.6084; -105.0196Coordinates: 39°36′30″N 105°01′11″W / 39.6084°N 105.0196°W / 39.6084; -105.0196
Campus Urban / rural
Colors Purple and White

Founded in 1965, Arapahoe Community College (ACC) was the first community college to open in the Denver area. The College began after a grass-roots movement by Littleton residents, led by Littleton activist Virginia Baker,[1] to provide post-high school education in the area.[2] What began as Arapahoe Junior College with 550 students, has grown into a vibrant community college serving over 18,000 credit and non-credit students yearly. After some years of independent operation , ACC joined the Colorado Community College System, comprising 14 institutions.

Arapahoe Community College serves the southern portion of the Greater Denver Metropolitan area with three campuses:

  • The main campus, at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO, 80120
  • Parker Campus, at 15653 Brookstone Drive, Parker, CO 80134
  • Castle Rock Campus, at 4700 Castleton Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109

The College now offers over 100 degree and certificate programs. ACC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College has a "concurrent enrollment" program for high school students, allowing such students to earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. In the 2014-2015 academic year, high school students accounted for about a quarter of ACC's total enrollment.[3]

In 2013, Frank Lee Earley (one of the founding faculty members) self-published an illustrated memoir, “The View From the Fourth Floor: A Personal History of Arapahoe Community College, 1965-2005.[4]

In June, 2015, ACC earned $2.3 million workforce training grant to support its Health Information Technology program (HIT), one of 71 such grants distributed nationwide.[5]

Great Books Program[edit]

ACC is one of six community colleges with a Great Books Program approved by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. Participants in the program receive a certificate that is recognized by admission councils at many 4-year colleges and universities.[6]

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  1. ^ "Arapahoe Community College: A look at the early days". Douglas County News-Press (Douglas County, CO). May 8, 2015. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Happy 50 birthday to ACC". Littleton Independent (Littleton, CO). September 8, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fast Facts". Arapahoe Community College. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "New Publications in 2013". Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ "ACC earns tech grant". Littleton Independent (Littleton CO). June 12, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Great Books Program". Arapahoe Community College. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 

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