CCA and Colorado School of Mines Launch New Partnership for Engineering Students

AURORA, Colo.The Community College of Aurora (CCA) and Colorado School of Mines are partnering for a new program that puts engineering students on a direct pathway to a bachelor’s degree from Mines after completing a two-year degree at CCA. 

Community college students in the Mines Academy at CCA will have the opportunity to earn guaranteed admission into any four-year degree program at Mines. Participating students will begin the program by pursuing an Associate of Engineering Science (AES) degree at CCA. Those credits will directly transfer toward a bachelor’s degree at Mines, paving the way for a smooth transition between the two schools. 

CCA President Dr. Mordecai Brownlee celebrated the partnership as another win for the college’s effort to find effective pathways for students to move on to complete their four year degrees. He said, “Embracing innovation and collaboration, the Community College of Aurora, in partnership with the Colorado School of Mines, propels into the future with an expanded integrated model of engineering education, igniting passion and potential in our students to engineer solutions for a changing world. CCA is grateful for the leadership of educators like Dr. Susan Young, Dean of Academic Success in STEM at CCA, for leading the development of this historic pathway for our students.”

“Mines is excited to launch a new Mines Academy with CCA as it provides a direct path for their students to gain admission to and earn a Mines degree” said Dr. Paul C. Johnson, president of Colorado School of Mines. “One of Mines’ core goals as we celebrate our 150th anniversary this year is to increase access to a Mines education for qualified students of all backgrounds. Through the Mines Academy model, students develop confidence in their academic readiness, receive assurance that their courses will seamlessly transfer to Mines and feel part of the Mines community while they are at CCA. All of this should ultimately lead to academic success, graduation and great professional career opportunities.”

Students accepted into the Mines Academy at CCA will receive additional academic support to ensure their success at CCA and Mines. Advisors will work with students to identify which coursework they should take to make a seamless transition to Mines once they finish their time at CCA. Students will be expected to meet regularly with these advisors, as well as maintain a certain GPA. Mines Academy students will also engage with Mines’ student success offices early and often and gain access to resources and events at Mines such as sporting events, career and professional speakers and presentations. 

Dr. Susan Young, CCA’s Dean of Academic Success, expressed her excitement for the partnership, emphasizing the way in which it will provide CCA students with access to specialized programming, customized support and communications, and a seamless transfer experience to the Colorado School of Mines to complete an engineering degree. She said most importantly, this partnership will enhance access to career opportunities in STEM for members of the diverse community that we serve at CCA.

This partnership is just one way CCA is taking steps to ensure it continues to be a leader in STEM education. Construction on the new Center for STEM, Power Mechanics and Applied Technologies is expected to be completed in the fall of 2025. The center will be the home to CCA’s technical and career programs which are designed to get students from the classroom into jobs, addressing Colorado’s workforce needs in these vital and in-demand fields. 

You can find out more about CCA’s programs by clicking HERE. Enroll today HERE, and begin your own journey. 

About the Community College of Aurora:

The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and Denver, Colorado. With a vision to aspire to be a college where every student succeeds, CCA is the most diverse college in the State of Colorado. Focused on creating social and economic mobility for its students, the college offers courses on two (2) campuses, online, and through its high school concurrent-enrollment programs. For more information, visit


Courtney Butler

Interim Strategic Communications Officer
Strategic Communications and Alumni Engagement

P: 303-340-7201   |  E: [email protected]