State Student Advisory Council


The State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) is comprised of students elected by each of the established student governments from across the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). SSAC is charged with advising the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education on matters of interest and concern to all CCCS students.

Mission Statement

Advocating for the growth and success of all students.

Vision Statement

We will impact students by building relationships and bridges in order to identify and eliminate barriers, and ensure pathways to student success. We will accomplish this by improving communications and acting as a liaison between the students, CCCS, and legislators. Furthermore, we commit to a continued collaborative effort of service and excellence for the benefit of all students.

SSAC Respresentatives

College Student Rep Position
Arapahoe Community College Kim Johnson Legislative Liaison
Community College of Aurora Crystal Gonzalez Representative
Community College of Denver Emanuel Walker Chair
Community College of Denver Sergio Cisneros Representative
Colorado Northwestern Community College – Rangely Campus Adam Cooley Secretary
Colorado Northwestern Community College – Craig Campus Unfilled Unfilled
Front Range Community College – Boulder County Campus Unfilled Unfilled
Front Range Community College – Larimer Campus Leah Dory Representative
Front Range Community College – Westminster Campus David Olguin Representative
Lamar Community College Rachel Kodavatikanti Treasurer
Morgan Community College Jeneen Ibrahim Representative
Northeastern Junior College Lauren Froid Representative
Otero Junior College Nathan Sharp Representative
Pikes Peak Community College Jalen Johnson Vice Chair
Pikes Peak Community College Gene Martinez Representative
Pueblo Community College Jessica Carroll Representative
Red Rocks Community College Chelsea Sandoval PR and Marketing Manager
Red Rocks Community College Connor Johnson Representative
Trinidad State Junior College – Trinidad Campus Unfilled Unfilled
Trinidad State Junior College – Valley Campus Victor Vigil Representative

SSAC Meeting Schedule



May 31st – June 2nd , 2019
Summer Retreat
Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely Campus
July 26th, 2019, 8:30-3:30 Colorado Northwestern Community College, Craig Campus
August 9th, 2019, 8:30-3:30 Lamar Community College
September 13th, 2019, 8:30-3:30
Legislative Retreat
Colorado Department of Higher Education, 1600 Broadway, Denver 80202
October 11th, 2019, 8:30-3:30 Colorado Community College System
November 15th & 16th, 2019
Student Leadership Conference
Arapahoe Community College
December 13th, 2019, 8:30-3:30 Red Rocks Community College
January 17th, 2020, 8:30-3:30 Community College of Denver
February 14th, 2020, 8:30-3:30 Community College of Aurora
March 13th – 17th, 2020
D.C. Trip, ASACC Conference
Washington, D.C.
April 8, 2020, 11:00-3:30
CCCS Student Excellence Awards
CU South Denver, Great Hall
May 2020 TBD
May 29-31, 2020 SSAC Summer Retreat
Colorado Northwestern Community College – Rangely Campus

SSAC Elections

2019 Student Leadership Conference

November 15-16, 2019 at Arapahoe Community College

Each year, a Fall Student Leadership Conference is planned by CCCS, the State Student Advisory Council, and Student Life staff from across the System. The conference brings over 100 of our Colorado community college students together to engage in skill-building activities, leadership development exercises, and peer networking opportunities.

This year’s conference theme is: “Everyday Hero – Discovering Your Superpower.” Our goal is to cover the following student learning outcomes throughout the duration of the conference experience: Advocacy & Activism, Critical Thinking, Cultural Competency, Effective Communication, Professionalism, and Realistic Self-Appraisal.

Are you a student interested in attending? If so, contact the Student Life Office or Residence Life Office on your campus for more information. Registrations are due October 28.

Are you a member of a college or community organization interested in presenting a session? If so, program proposals may be submitted online. Proposals will be accepted until October 21 at midnight. Presenters will be notified of the selection committee’s decision on October 24.

Photos from 2018 Student Leadership Conference

Annual Rising Star Awards Luncheon

Each year, the State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) sponsors the Colorado Community College System’s (CCCS) student leadership awards ceremony. The Rising Star Award is bestowed upon community college students who exhibit a high level of leadership and involvement in student activities. Additionally, SSAC looks to honor a stand out President/VP and Advocate of the year to recognize outstanding efforts in support of student success. Winning students, Presidents/VP and Advocates will be recognized at the annual Rising Star Luncheon.

Photos from the 2019 Rising Star Award Luncheon

Photos from the 2018 Rising Star Award Luncheon