Founded in 1965 through a grassroots movement by members of the Littleton community, Arapahoe Community College was the first community college to open in the Denver metro area. What began as Arapahoe Junior College with 550 students has grown into a vibrant community college serving nearly 18,000 credit, non-credit and online students annually.
Throughout the years, ACC has helped students choose, adhere to, and complete their academic goals as they prepare to embark upon their career journey. Current ACC student Tasha Estein – who attended a prestigious training academy at Kennedy Space Center in 2016, was recently named the International Vice President of Division IV for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Acclaimed neonatologist, celebrated author and ACC alumna Dr. Jane Scott was selected as the recipient of the ACC Foundation’s “Promoting the Power of Education Award” in 2016. Furthermore, the Colorado Department of Higher Education recently announced that ACC served more high school students in dual-enrollment programs (4,403) than any other two-year public institution of higher education in the state for the second consecutive year.
It is estimated that 95% of ACC students will remain in Colorado – filling important jobs in health care, law enforcement, computer specialties and a host of other critically-needed occupations that affect our lives every day. The ACC Foundation provides instrumental support and opportunities for these students, making a direct impact on the economic growth of our community through the development of an educated workforce.
The ACC Art and Design Center in downtown Littleton houses ACC’s art, fine art, design and various technology programs. Our Parker Campus – which opened in 2000 – is home to the College’s esteemed Workforce Training Program which provides professional, technical and manufacturing training for companies of all sizes. The Castle Rock Campus debuted in 2011, and ACC is now partnering with Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District to establish a new Collaborative Educational Campus in Castle Rock. The third-floor science labs at the Littleton Campus, along with the classrooms and workspace at the Parker Campus, are being renovated to enhance experiential and collaborative learning. Our Community & Workforce Programs division offers hundreds of non-credit, adult education classes ranging from photography and arts to personal finance and retirement.
ACC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs and over 200 online classes. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees and members of the south metro Denver communities.
On Wednesday, May 10, our newest graduates will walk across the stage as we celebrate the 50th annual ACC commencement ceremony (7:00 p.m. at Magness Arena inside the Ritchie Center at the University of Denver).
“We are very proud to celebrate our 50th commencement,” said ACC President Dr. Diana Doyle. “Our commitment to excellence and student success will pave the way for the ACC graduates of today and tomorrow to achieve their academic and career goals.”