About Red Rocks Community College

RRCC is proud to serve our community with a flexible, high-quality education at an affordable price. Our goal is to make sure your experience at RRCC is rewarding in every way whether you are earning a degree, interested in taking general education courses to transfer to a four-year college, brushing up on career skills, or seeking life-long learning opportunities.

Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College has been providing high quality academic programs for over 50 years. More than 13,000 students per year choose RRCC to get a jump start on a bachelor’s degree, earn an associate degree or certificate, update their skills, or enhance their lives. In addition to our campus locations, students can choose from hundreds of online courses. Our top-notch academics have been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Plus, specific programs such as Physician Assistant and Early Childhood Education have earned additional accreditation. RRCC courses are taught by highly skilled instructors who are experts in their fields.

Lakewood Campus

The RRCC campus in Lakewood lies on a 140-acre hillside near 6th Avenue and Indiana Street, minutes from downtown Denver and a short walk from the RTD Light Rail West Line. Not only is our location convenient, but the rolling hills of our grounds also make for beautiful views and supports an active community. The campus houses everything from state-of-the-art multimedia graphics computer labs to traditional classrooms and health-career practice areas. The full range of services for students includes an assessment center, academic advising, student support services, tutoring, financial aid, a library, a project center, and a student employment center. Our Student Life department offers something for every interest—Phi Theta Kappa honor society, student government, guest lectures, movies, and dozens of clubs centered on academics, outdoors, culture, and hobbies.

Our bookstore provides new and used textbooks, snacks, gifts, and school supplies. Students with disabilities can find support and services, including an Assistive Technology lab in Accessibility Services. In addition to academic support, the campus offers extras including a cafeteria and coffee shop, a student health and counseling center employing fully licensed medical providers, and a student recreation center. The Children’s Center offers full-day care for children from 18 months to kindergarten.

Arvada Campus

The Arvada campus lies northwest of the intersection of Interstate-70 and Kipling Street. The Campus offers innovative scheduling options Mondays through Saturdays in a welcoming atmosphere. Student Success Services provides a full selection of resources including, Admissions & Enrollment, Academic Advising & Career Counseling, Assessment needs, Campus Life resources, Computer Commons & Library Services, and Financial Aid assistance.

In addition to the student resources offered, students have an opportunity to complete their Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), take prerequisite courses, or specific health programs of interest, and to take classes that enrich their lives. All required courses for the AA and AS degrees are offered with the two-year Smart Track sequence of courses making it easier to complete your degree and transfer. The Arvada Campus is home to the Medical Imaging program (Ultrasound and X-Ray Technology), Integrated Health program, Nurse Aide, RN Refresher, * Integrated Nursing Pathway, Medical Office Technology (Medical Assistant, Medical Office and Medical Billing & Coding), Phlebotomy programs and the graduate level Physician Assistant program.

* The Integrated Nursing Pathway is a partnership with University of Colorado College of Nursing. Students selected for this program complete their first year at Red Rocks and then complete the subsequent six semesters (summer, fall, spring, summer, fall and spring) at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing.

Guiding Principles at RRCC


We envision Red Rocks as a national and international leader in community college education, recognized for accomplishment of our students’ goals, engagement with our community, empowerment in our workplace, and commitment to our values.


Our mission is to provide students with opportunities for growth and development that set the foundation for self-directed learning, academic achievement, and career accomplishment. We do this through high-quality, innovative educational programs that convey our passion for learning, our commitment to excellence, and our dedication to our students and the communities we serve.


These are the principles that define our values and guide us in our actions and decisions:

  • Integrity: Honest, fair, ethical, accountable
  • Collaboration: Teamwork, trust, empowerment, respect
  • Learning: Professionalism, growth, engagement, achievement
  • Inclusiveness: Diversity, respect, community, understanding
  • Communication: Dialogue, appreciation, feedback, connection

Information: www.rrcc.edu/about-us/our-mission


Red Rocks Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle St., Suite7-500, Chicago, IL 60602. www.hlcommission.org info@hlcommission.org 1-800-621-7440.

Program Approval

Red Rocks Community College programs are approved by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education and Colorado Community College System, 9101 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230-6011. Information: 303-620-4000.

Non-Discrimination Notice

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs. The College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment including those that violate federal and state law or the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education Board Policies 19-60 and SP 19-60.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its employment practices or educational programs and activities. Red Rocks Community College will take appropriate steps to ensure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and/or participation in vocational education programs.

RRCC has designated Arnie Oudenhoven as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. Report all concerns or complaints relating to discrimination or harassment to the Title IX/EO Coordinator(s).
For information, contact Arnie Oudenhoven Executive Director, HR, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, via mail at 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228. Phone 303.914.6298, or email arnie.oudenhoven@rrcc.edu.

Deborah Houser, Assistant Director of Human Resources/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, 303.914.6224 deborah.houser@rrcc.edu. 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228.

You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 North Speer Boulevard, Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204, telephone (303) 844-3417.