The CCCS Student Affairs Division works collaboratively with the Student Affairs divisions at each of our 13 community colleges by providing strategic leadership, planning, and support for student success initiatives, strategic enrollment management, student financial aid programs, student enrollment services, student life and government programs, and other student development functions. The work of the Student Affairs Division is centered on ensuring the personal growth and success of all Colorado Community College System students, and on those strategic initiatives which focus on the improved efficiency, effectiveness, and excellence in advancing the mission of the System and its colleges. In prepare our students for the workforce needs of the future, the Student Affairs Division aims to improve innovation and equity in education through collaborative efforts within the System, other higher education institutions, the K-12 education community, and partnerships with Colorado workforce leaders.
System level support to the colleges includes:
- Policy development, monitoring, analysis and evaluation
- Service coordination and program oversight for greater efficiency and resource leveraging
- Technical assistance and coordination
- Strategic planning in the areas of equity and inclusion, enrollment management, student success, and student support services
Employee Mental Health First Aid training is here!
This training is open to all staff and faculty of the Colorado Community College System and its member colleges. We encourage all who are interested to register regardless of home college. Note that this Mental Health First Aid training provides a more in-depth approach for handling mental health crises than the 4-hour Mental Health training provided by CCCS during the 2017-18 academic year.
Three sessions of this 8-hour training will be offered as follows:
November 2nd, 8:30 – 5:00 at Colorado Community College System Office
November 16th, 8:30 – 5:00 at Morgan Community College
December 14th, 8:30 – 5:00 at Community College of Aurora
Please note that registration is capped at 30 participants per session.
Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid USA is managed, operated, and disseminated by three national authorities — the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 8-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 8-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
Participants who complete the 8-hour course will receive a certificate from the MHFA organization. Ultimately, this training will give participants skills to deal with individuals who might be showing signs of mental illness and/or substance disorder and point them to possible resources across the college and community.
For more information please visit the Mental Health First Aid USA website.