IDEA Engineering Academy

Real-World Skills for Engineering

The IDEA Engineering Academy engages students in hands-on learning, resume-building experiences, and professional development. Become a better prepared engineer who is ready for the future of work. 

Rigorous STEM curriculum + Engineering Academy = Success for Transfer!

Benefits of the IDEA Engineering Academy

  • Apply your engineering knowledge to solve real-world problems
  • Gain skills and experiences to build confidence for your future profession
  • Build your resume with relevant internships and research experiences
  • Make a difference by addressing global challenges
  • Prepare for transfer through advising, university presentations, and scholarship opportunities

Want more information? Complete the IDEA Engineering Contact Form

There are many opportunities to go beyond the classroom and gain relevant skills to support your transfer including:

  • IDEA Lab Workshops
  • Internships in engineering, making and innovation
  • Projects that address Global Challenges
  • Student Club and Societies
  • K-12 STEM Outreach
  • Engineering Emerging Leaders (Coming soon - a collaboration with Trefny Honors Program)


The IDEA Lab is a student project center where students can design and build prototypes for classes, clubs, or for a personal passion. Located on the west side across from Student Life desk, the IDEA Lab is a free resource for RRCC students. To become a member or get involved, visit 


Red Rocks engineering students have been successful in landing internships at NREL, NCAR, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Martin/Martin, Black & Veatch as well as working in start-ups. See highlights of local STEM Internships. Ready to explore internships? Email (Office located in the HUB) or visit RRCC's Experiential Learning and Internship website.

Projects that address global challenges

Colorado School of Mines is a member of the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP). The GCSP is designed to develop high-quality engineers who will help society address global problems. At RRCC, students can begin building relevant experiences that will support a pathway to Mines around the GCSP, the Humanitarian Engineering minor, or future involvement in student organizations such as Mines Without Borders or Socially Responsible Scientists and Engineers. Want more information? Email (Office 1655- West Side).

Student Clubs and Societies

Many student clubs provide opportunities for hands-on projects, leadership and professional development. Examples include:

The Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society chapter at RRCC is involved in community projects and students who transfer to Mines are awarded a scholarship. 

K–12 STEM Outreach

The IDEA Institute hosts a High School Innovation Challenge where RRCC students visit schools to support high school teams. The IDEA Lab also hosts workshops and events to support K-12 students engage in engineering, making and innovation. 

the HUB: Center for Engagement and Innovation

There are many opportunities through the HUB to get involved on campus. Highly motivated students should check out the Trefny Honors Program. Looking for community service projects? Check out the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning. How about a trip overseas? Check out study abroad opportunities. And much more. 

For more information about opportunities through the Engineering Academy, complete the contact form