Experiential Learning in the Engineering Academy

In addition to university transfer agreements and aproved transfer courses, the Engineering Academy engages students in hands-on learning, resume-building experiences, and professional development.

Interdisciplinary and real-world projects

Through real-world projects students gain skills and competencies in engineering design, teamwork, collaboration, communication and professionalism. Transferring to Mines or CU? The EGT 140 IDEA class will fulfill the required freshman design class. Other courses with real world projects include EGG 100 Introduction to Engineering and EGG 106 Robotics Design.

Professional Development Workshops

Red Rocks engineering students have been successful in landing internships at NREL, NCAR, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Martin/Martin, and more. Engineering students also engage in research experiences at Colorado School of Mines and CU-Boulder. See highlights of local STEM internship and research opportunities for RRCC students. Visit RRCC's Experiential Learning and Internship website. Be sure to participate in Engineering Academy workshops to prepare your resume, apply for internships and scholarships, and more.

IDEA Lab

The IDEA Lab is a student project center where students can design and build prototypes for classes, clubs, or for a personal passion. IDEA Lab Leaders help their peers learn how to use the equipment, support club and team competitions, and help build a strong community. First step - become a member of the IDEA Lab.

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. 

Other opportunities at Red Rocks Community College that support Engineering students:

Student Clubs and Societies

Many student clubs provide opportunities for team projects or competitions, leadership roles and professional development. Examples of clubs affiliated with STEM 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. 

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.