Red Rocks Community College
|Motto||Where Learning is for Life|
|Type||Public two-year college|
|President||Dr. Michele Haney|
|Location||Lakewood, CO, USA|
|Affiliations||Colorado Community College System|
The college was established in 1969 as a campus of the Community College of Denver and opened at a temporary site until the Colorado legislature appropriated funds for construction of a permanent campus at the school's present Lakewood campus. Construction began in 1971 and the first phase of construction was completed in 1973, with a link between the east and west wings of the current building completed in fall 1975. On July 1, 1983 the Red Rocks campus officially became Red Rocks Community College and it opened its second campus in Arvada in 1990. Now the fifth largest community college in Colorado, Red Rocks boasts a diverse student population: traditional students, ESL and international students, veterans, students with disabilities, former offenders, and at-risk learners.
Red Rocks offers more than 650 courses in 150 subject areas. It awards four associate degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies and Associate of Applied Science. The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science General Education Transfer Program is accepted by all of Colorado's state four-year colleges and universities. Red Rocks is known positively for its high academic standards and variety of courses and negatively for its small permanent faculty: The college employs a large number of highly-qualified but lowly-paid adjunct (part-time) instructors to teach over 70% of its courses.
Certificate programs are offered in dozens of areas, including law enforcement and fire science, business and accounting, computer information systems, construction technology, theater, education, woodworking, health careers, park ranger technology and outdoor education, auto technology and plumbing, and multimedia graphics design.
Red Rocks offers free tutoring and encourages study groups to help students excel in their classes. A Writing Center and Online Writing Center offer strategies and training to succeed with college-level writing assignments. A language lab provides assistance for English as a Second Language and for students studying a foreign language. Students with disabilities can find assistance at the Office of Special Services to ensure they have a full learning experience.
Students looking for more rigor may sign up for honors classes and apply to join the Red Rocks chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of two-year colleges (Red Rocks' chapter has been recognized as one of the top 25 chapters nationwide).
Each year small groups of Red Rocks students, accompanied by faculty, explore the world while completing courses related to their destination.
The main Lakewood campus (13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, CO) is on 140 acres (0.57 km2) along Sixth Avenue between Indiana Street and Union Boulevard. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide sweeping views of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The quarter-mile-long building houses a child care center for the children of students, staff and community members, a recreation center, a cafeteria and coffee shop, a bookstore and theater.
The Arvada campus (also called Red Rocks on the Ridge) is on a hilltop northwest of the intersection of I-70 and Kipling. It has state-of-the-art "smart" classrooms.
Red Rocks is one of Colorado's 13 community colleges. It is home to 14,000 students a year ranging from high school students taking early college courses, recent high school graduates beginning a bachelor's degree, established persons adding to professional knowledge or starting a brand new career, and retirees exploring courses for personal enjoyment.
Support services include free tutoring, advising, a child care center, services for students with disabilities, a fitness center, Learning and Resource Centers, English as a Second Language courses, student groups and student employment.
An active Student Center provides services and benefits such as discounted sports and movie tickets, campus events and entertainment, student clubs from anime to World of Warcraft, and a recreation program that includes the Red Rocks Rugby team that competes against other colleges as part of the National Small College Rugby Organization. The team mascot is R2C2, a red fox. FAX, copy services and a computer lab with internet access and free printing are available to all students.
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