Red Rocks Community College

Academic Catalog

Privacy Notification

The Colorado Community College System considers the following to be directory information. Directory information is limited to the current academic year only. RRCC staff may disclose this information, without prior consent, to anyone inquiring in person, by phone, or in writing.

Student name

Major field of study

Dates of student attendance

Degrees/certificates and awards student has earned

Most recent educational institution attended by the student

Enrollment status (full-time, part-time)

Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

and if participating in an officially recognized sport, height and weight

Addresses (including mail and e-mail) are considered PII and are not released as Directory Information except for the following:

  • Graduation lists released to news media, which may include the student’s city of residence.
  • Other listings to the news media and college personnel for special awards, honors, and events. Notification to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and other academic honor societies for students who are eligible to be considered for membership

Additionally, name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, level of education, most recently attended college, field of study, and degree(s) received of students may be released to military recruiters upon request in accordance with the Solomon Amendment. All other information contained in student records is considered private and not open to the public without the student’s written consent. Students who do not want their directory/public information released to third parties, or students who do not want to be listed in the College online e-Directory, should complete a form to suppress directory information. Directory information restrictions will remain in effect until you cancel the restriction. A release form is available in Admissions or Student Records or on the Student Records web page under FERPA.

Student.Records@rrcc.edu.

Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for Postsecondary Institutions

FERPA affords you certain rights with respect to your education records.

Your rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review your education records within 45 days of the day RRCC receives a request for access. Submit written requests that identify the record(s) you wish to inspect to the Registrar. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify you of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of education records that you believe are inaccurate or misleading. You may ask RRCC to amend a record that you believe is inaccurate or misleading. Write to the above RRCC official responsible for the record and clearly identify the part of the record you want changed, specifying why it is inaccurate or misleading. If RRCC does not amend the record as you request, RRCC will notify you in writing of the decision and advise you of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment using the Student Grievance Procedure SP 4-31. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to you when you are notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to provide written consent before RRCC discloses personally identifiable information contained in your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to a college official with legitimate educational interests. A college official is:
    • an employee of the college or the Colorado Community College System in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit, personnel, and health staff);
    • a person or company with whom the College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent);
    • a member of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, or the National Student Clearinghouse; the College Opportunity Fund; or to the U.S. Military in compliance with the Solomon Amendment;
    • an individual serving on a college advisory committee or college board; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

    A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the college also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or after enrollment.

    The college may share educational records to parents in the following circumstances: for a student who is dependent under I.R.S. tax code; a student under 21-years old who has violated a law or the school's rules or policies governing alcohol or substance abuse; and when the information is needed to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals in an emergency.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by RRCC to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Write to:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

600 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605

Information: Student Records at 303-914-6267

FERPA Annual Notice to Reflect Possible Federal and State Data Collection and Use

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share PII from your education records, without your consent, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

In accordance with the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) of 2003, RRCC adheres to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Red Flag Rule (a Red Flag is any pattern, practice, or specific activity that indicates the possible existence of identity theft), which implements Section 114 of the FACTA, and to the Colorado Community College System’s Identity Theft Prevention and Detection Program, which is intended to prevent, detect, and mitigate identity theft in connection with establishing new covered accounts or an existing covered account held by the Colorado Community College System or one of its thirteen (13) community colleges, and to provide for continued administration of the Program. If a transaction is deemed fraudulent, appropriate action will occur. Action may include, but is not limited to, cancelling of the transaction, notifying and cooperating with law enforcement, reporting to the Student Code of Conduct Office, and notifying the affected parties. For more information on FACTA, Red Flag Rules, and Identity Theft Consumer Information, please see the links provided below:

Federal Trade Commission Statute:
www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fcradoc.pdf

Red Flag Rules:
www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/redflagsrule/index.shtml

Identity Theft Consumer:
www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

Information: Student Records at 303-914-6267

Catalog Contents

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RRCC Catalog - Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018

2017-2018 Addendum and Catalog Updates

Red Rocks Community College 2017-2018 Catalog

Academic Calendar

Welcome from the President

About Red Rocks Community College

Admissions and Enrollment

Scheduling Options (Red Rocks Options)

Paying for College

Tuition Rates and Fees

RRCC Foundation

Academic Matters

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Success Services and Campus Services

Certificates

Associate Degrees (AA, AS, AGS and AAS) and Smart Track Degrees

AA, AS, and AGS Degree Requirements

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS)

AAS Degree Requirements

DWD Degrees (AA and AS Degrees With Designation)

Bachelor Degrees (BAS, BS)

Master Degrees

GT Courses (Guarantee Transfer)

RMEC/OSHA Industry Training

Academic Programs and Areas of Study

Accounting

Accounting Certificates (Stackable)

Accounting Degrees (Stackable)

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration

Anthropology

Applied Technology

Art

Auto Collision Repair

Automotive Customization

Automotive Parts Management

Automotive Service Technology

Biology

Business

Carpentry

Chemistry

Communication

Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

Cosmetology

Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts

Dance

Dental Assisting

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Early Childhood Education

Economics

Electricity Commercial-Industrial-Residential

Elementary Education

Emergency Management and Planning

Emergency Medical Services

Energy Technology Programs

Energy Technology

Engineering Graphics Technology

Engineering - Pre-Engineering

English

Fine Woodworking

Fire Science Technology

Foreign Languages

French

Geography

Geology

Health Sciences Programs

History

Holistic Health

Honors Program

HVAC

Law Enforcement

Management and Marketing

Mathematics

Mechanical Trades

Medical Imaging

Medical Assisting Professional

Medical Office Technology

Multimedia Graphic Design

Nurse Assistance

Nursing

Outdoor Education

Park Ranger Technology

Philosophy

Phlebotomy

Photography

Physician Assistant Studies

Physics

Plumbing

Political Science

Power Equipment and Sport Vehicle Technology

Precision Machining Technology

Psychology

Radiologic Technology

Real Estate

Secondary Education

Social Work

Sociology

Sonography

Spanish

Speech and Communication

Teacher Education

Theatre Arts

Water Quality Management Technology

Welding

Woodworking

Course Descriptions

AAA – Academic Achievement Courses

ACC – Accounting Courses

ACT – Automotive Collision Technology Courses

AEC – Architecture, Engineering and Construction Courses

AGR – Agriculture Courses

ANT — Anthropology Courses

ARA – Arabic Courses

ARM – Military Science Courses (U.S. Army ROTC)

ART – Art Courses

ASE – Automotive Service Technology Courses

ASL – American Sign Language Courses

AST – Astronomy Courses

AUT — Auto Motorsports Technology Courses

BIO – Biology Courses

BTE– Business Technology Courses

BUS – Business Courses

CAD – Computer-Aided Drafting Courses

CAR – Carpentry Courses

CCR - College Composition and Reading Courses

CHE – Chemistry Courses

CIS – Computer Information Systems Courses

CNG – Computer Networking Courses

COM – Communication Courses

COS – Cosmetology Courses

CRJ – Criminal Justice Courses

CSC – Computer Science Courses

CUA – Culinary Arts Courses

CWB – Computer Web Courses

DAN – Dance Courses

DEA - Dental Assisting Courses

DMS – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Courses

ECE – Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO – Economics Courses

EDU – Education Courses

EGG - Engineering Courses

EGT – Engineering Graphics Technology Courses

EIC – Electricity Industrial/Commercial/Residential Courses

EMP – Emergency Management and Planning Courses

EMS – Emergency Medical Services Courses

ENG – English Courses

ENT – Engineering Technology Courses

ENV – Environmental Science Courses

ENY – Energy Technology Courses

ESL – English as a Second Language Courses

EST – Esthetician Courses

ETH - Ethnic Studies Courses

FIW – Fine Woodworking Courses

FRE – French Courses

FST – Fire Science Technology Courses

FSW 100 S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

FSW 101 S-130 Firefighting Training

FVT - Film & Video Technology Courses

GED – General Education Courses

GEO – Geography Courses

GER – German Courses

GEY – Geology Courses

GIS – Geographic Information Systems Courses

HHP – Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS – History Courses

HNR - Honors Courses

HPR – Health Professional Courses

HUM – Humanities Courses

HVA – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Courses

HWE – Health and Wellness Courses

ITA – Italian Courses

JOU – Journalism Courses

JPN – Japanese Courses

LEA – Law Enforcement Courses

LIT – Literature Courses

MAC – Machining Courses

MAN – Management Courses

MAP - Medical Assisting Professional Courses

MAR – Marketing Courses

MAT – Mathematics Courses

MET – Meteorology Courses

MGD – Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MOT – Medical Office Technology Courses

MST - Massage Therapy Courses

MUS – Music Courses

NAT – Nail Technician Courses

NRE – Natural Resources Courses

NUA – Nurse Aide Courses

NUR – Nursing Courses

OSH - Occupational Safety Technician Courses

OUT - Outdoor Education Courses

PAS - Physician Assistant Studies Courses

PED – Physical Education Courses

PHI – Philosophy Courses

PHO – Photography Courses

PHY – Physics Courses

PLU – Plumbing Courses

POS – Political Science Courses

PRA – Park Ranger Courses

PSY – Psychology Courses

PVT – Power Equipment and Sports Vehicle Technology Courses

REC - Recreational Courses

REE – Real Estate Courses

RTE – Radiologic Technology Courses

RUS – Russian Courses

SBM – Small Business Management Courses

SCI – Science Courses

SOC – Sociology Courses

SPA – Spanish Courses

SWK – Social Work Courses

THE – Theatre Arts Courses

WEL – Welding Courses

WQM – Water Quality Management Technology Courses

Guide to Catalog Terms

Staff & Faculty Directory

Index