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Our History

Founded in 1965, Arapahoe Community College was the first community college to open in the Denver area. What began as Arapahoe Junior College nearly 50 years ago has grown into a community college comprised of three campuses (Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock) in the south Denver metro area.

ACC employees continuously strive to make a difference in the lives of our students. With duplicated enrollment of nearly 15,500 credit-seeking students, and 4,400 non-credit students, Arapahoe Community College provides many educational opportunities to the community. Almost all students have one thing in common: they want to Move Mountains by earning a college education.

About Our Students

  • 80% attend ACC part-time
  • 74% live within ACC's service area
  • 60% are female
  • 28% take at least one online course
  • The average age of students is 27.6 years
  • The median age of students is 24 years
  • 86% are employed full- or part-time
  • 35% plan to earn an academic degree (AA/AS/AGS)
  • 14% plan to take some courses and transfer
  • 13% plan to earn a technical degree (AAS)

Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA/HLC). The accreditation process requires ACC personnel to extensively examine and reevaluate the College's mission, values, goals and its ability to effectively serve all constituents, especially students.

About Our Faculty, Instructors & Staff

The ACC family consists of 103 faculty members, 474 adjunct instructors, 112 exempt staff and administrators, 85 non-exempt or state classified employees, and 185 student employees. All ACC employees are committed to continuing the tradition of being an open-door admissions institution providing more than 15,500 credit and non-credit students an opportunity to achieve and succeed in their future careers or further education.

ACC embraces employees from diverse backgrounds. This diversity allows for a variety of ideas and perspectives that contribute to ACC’s shared governance. Through this shared governance approach, all areas of the college are represented on the leadership team. No matter the employee, their voice is heard through one of the three estates: faculty, classified and administration. This contributes to ACC’s culture of success.

Clery Act / Crime Statistics

For information regarding Arapahoe Community College Security, including Clery Act / Crime Statistics for the campus and surrounding area, please see the Arapahoe Community College Annual Security Report. For a hard copy report, please visit ACC Campus Police Department, Room AM2600 at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120.

 

 

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