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Nia Bauer, Ph.D.

Nia Bauer, Ph.D.

Faculty of the Year in 2014

ACC, like no other college I have worked at, supports projects and passions that I have outside the classroom. I have been able to pursue STEM initiatives, like the STEM Scholarship and making connections with local high school students who are interested in STEM careers. I have been able to start the Summer STEM Boot Camp, and this fall the STEM Girl’s Night Out!


ACC Biology professor teaching lab class

About ACC

Founded in 1965, Arapahoe Community College was the first community college to open in the Denver area. What
as Arapahoe Junior College nearly 50 years ago has grown into a community college comprised of three
(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.


  • 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.



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