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Aurora Mayor: Continuity in leadership cementing already strong bond between city, Community College of Aurora

Hogan says stability has power to make 'things happen' with CCA, which will build on a pair of cooperative ventures already in the works

AURORA, Colo., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The City of Aurora and CCA, one of the Colorado community colleges, have enjoyed a strong partnership through the years. And with Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven now in place as college president and the rest of her leadership team taking form, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan is hopeful that the two entities can solidify the relationship to the benefit of both parties in the short term.

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"Continuity is only going to help," Hogan said at a recent Tax Help Colorado event. "Betsy's confident that she made the right decision and we look forward to working with her. The city had a great relationship with Linda Bowman when she was president (2000-2012), and part of that was continuity. So you keep that continuity and things happen."

Aurora and CCA already have partnered on two recent projects: improving signage and landscaping at  Lowry, one of two campus sites, and the city hiring three college interns to help the Aurora Sister Cities Program get off the ground.

"Getting some programs and some projects going and completed just helps make everybody feel not just good, but better and think, 'Now we can move on to the next one,'" Hogan said.

CCA's executive structure has been stabilized not only at the top with Oudenhoven taking over the full-time presidency in December after a six-month trial. Three longtime executives have been named to vice president's roles – Elena Sandoval-Lucero (Student Affairs), Janet Brandau (Academic Affairs) and Chris Ward (Institutional Effectiveness).

Additionally, Catherine Trouth has been promoted to director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and Gene Sobczak was hired as the executive director of the CCA Foundation.

Oudenhoven said in the seven-plus months she's occupied the president's office she's received considerable support from Mayor Hogan and other city officials, including City Manager Skip Noe and members of the City Council.

"It is clear to me that the city of Aurora values the Community College of Aurora, and I know the college will continue to discover rich opportunities for partnerships with the city, our school districts and our employers," she said.  "The will is definitely there on both sides to do the best we can for our students and the residents of our city through collaboration and win-win partnerships."

One idea that Hogan mentioned was forging a cooperative partnership not only between CCA and the city, but possibly including Aurora Public Schools into a three-way mix. Both the college and APS have worked well independently with the city, but Hogan sees those three pieces possibly fitting together in a tangible way.

"It could tie together three-way things, not just two-way things," he explained. "There are already a number of APS students who have a lot of hours with CCA by the time they graduate as a senior in high school. That just can be, and ought to be, expanded. And we as the city find ways to do internships with APS, as well. So if we can do it with each one individually, we all just become stronger if we do it together."

About CCA

Community College of Aurora has campuses at CentreTech and Lowry in the greater Denver area. Equipped with the latest technologies, CCA allows students to study new and traditional programs, while also offering Colorado online classes and degrees. CCA's service community spans 325,000 people in a 350-square-mile area and CCA's student population reflects that diversity. The college provides lifelong educational opportunities, prepares the current and future workforce, and promotes excellence in teaching, learning and service.

Media Contact: Lee Rasizer, Community College of Aurora, 303-360-4728, [email protected]

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