Student Resources

A check-list to prepare students for the upcoming semester including useful links for new and continuing students.

You’ve completed all your steps in your acceptance email except Film School Orientation. Now follow these steps:
  • Step One: Prepare for Orientation

  • Step Two: Join Orientation

    i. Refer to the Zoom Protocols above. Main Zoom Link for New Student Film School Orientation @ 9AM (TIP: Sign in 5-10 minutes early!)

Please check your CCA Student Email for the Orientation Zoom Link – Main Event @ 9AM

ii. OPTIONAL! Attend the Tech Basics and Q&A at 1PM

Please check your CCA Student Email for the Optional Zoom Link – Tech Basics and Q&A

If you are experiencing any trouble accessing Zoom event please call the CFS Technology, Systems and Space Integration Specialist, Jordan Meyersieck at (303) 340-7331

Scroll down to “Tutorial Videos” to refer to any videos shown during orientation

Here’s the presentation in case you wish to review after the fact or if you have trouble reading the text during the event.

  • Step Three: Check your D2L Email Messages

    Do this PRIOR to first day of class. You will find class instructions from your instructor(s). See Tutorial Video below.
  • Step Four: Read the CFS Resource Guide

    ☑️ Review the CFS Resource Guide.

    Become very familiar with all of the modules included. You will undoubtedly need to refer to this info throughout your academic career at CFS.

  • Step Five: Explore FS Greenlight

    Login and check out all the links and resources:
  • Step Six: Get Organized!

    You’re working remotely – find an electronic way to manage your notes, assignments, projects, and other files. Ideas might include:

    ✏️ Building a folder structure by class on your local computer or on an external hard drive (especially for production and editing classes, this may come in handy if your local computer does not have a lot of space. What’s a lot? 2TB or more)

    ✏️ Invest in a note-keeping application such as Microsoft OneNote or a web-based application such as Evernote or Google Docs (remember to stay organized by class so you can find these files later!)

  • Step Seven: Add Security and CFS Contacts to your Phone

    Refer to the CFS Quick Reference Sheet and/or the CFS Resource Guide Policy & Procedure module
  • Step Eight: Add Dates to Your Calendar

    ✏️ Add holidays and breaks

    ✏️ Once you have access to your classes on D2L, review syllabi and add deadlines for drop/withdrawal, assignments, and exams (TIP!! Set an auto-reminder a day or two ahead of time)

Tutorial Videos:

How To Access D2L

Learn how to access Desire2Learn the Colorado Film School & Community College of Aurora’s central hub for class syllabus and expectations, direct messaging to instructors and classmates, and other helpful resources for specific courses you are registered in. This is also where you can view your grades and standing within your courses.

How To Forward Your CCA Email Address

This video tutorial covers forwarding your CCA Email Address to your personal Email so that you never miss a communication.

How To Access FS Greenlight

This video tutorial covers logging in to FSGreenlight and resetting your password. FSGreenlight is where you will find the CFS Actor Database, Reserve Equipment, and find other resources accessible only to CFS Students.

Tour of CFS Building

Explore the important areas of CFS Facilities as learn protocols you’ll be expected to follow when utilizing the labs.

Building Access Request

For our Fall Semester 2020, the building will be accessible for those who will need access. The doors will remain locked but reservations can be made on a first come, first served basis. Please select the Building Access tab for building hours and more information. Please follow the link below for reserving space in one of our rooms/labs.

How To Submit A Request

Please review the following guide for Fall 2020 Equipment Cage basics and details.

CFS GUIDE – A student resource for department policies & procedures.

A student accessible resource for News, Production Calendars, Project Resources, the CFS Headshot/Actor Database, and more…

Fall 2020 Facilities Access Update:

The building will be closed until the second week of classes. Access will be granted by appointment only beginning August 31.

From August 31 through December 14, the building will remain locked and a CFS Staff member will monitor the doors to admit students by appointment between business hours. To be admitted entry into the school, the student MUST arrive at the time of their appointment and present their CCA Student ID or Government-issued photo ID and wear a personal protective facial covering.

Free WiFi is available from the CFS parking lot at any time, no password.

Fall 2020 Business hours are as follows:
Mondays – 9am-5pm
Tuesdays – 9am-9pm
Wednesdays – 9am-5pm
Thursdays – 9am-5pm

If these posted times don’t work for you please submit your request for consideration to Assistant Director Jim Tharp by email (at least) a few days in advance: James.Tharp@ccaurora.edu
Please Note: A request does not include a guarantee.

The building will be sanitized on Fridays and will remain closed through the weekend.

Reservations, face masks, and photo ID are required to access the CFS building. Strict social distancing protocols are required.

Traditional room reservations are suspended for Fall 2020. All students will only be allowed to reserve workstations for individual use.

All computer stations are spaced 6′ apart minimum and there will be arrows indicating which direction to navigate the building. Certain areas will be closed off.

Rooms 126, Writing Room 129 (unless needed in conjunction with the audio suite 147), Bungalow, Prod I Room 133, Conference Room 142, Fish Bowl Room 151, and Screening Room 111 will NOT be available.

Computer stations will be made available as follows:

Beginning Lab 134 – 4 stations
Intermediate Lab 135 – 6 stations
Advanced Lab 136 – 8 stations
Edit Suite 143 – 1 station
Edit Suite 144 – 1 station
Audio Suite 147 – 5 stations
CFS Studio 121 – 7 stations (NO EDITSHARE)
Open Lab 152 – 1 station
CFS Lobby – 5 stations (NO EDITSHARE)


Newsletter Highlights

Check your CCA Student email every Saturday for a new Newsletter!

Hey New Students!

If you haven’t already set your CCA Student Email to forward to an account you check regularly, or if you would like to change the address it is forwarding to here’s a tutorial that shows you how!


Election day is less than two months away. Make sure your voice is heard!

If you are a registered voter, make sure you cast your ballot either by mail or in person. If you vote by mail, make sure you have your ballot turned in on time. If you vote in person, you have until 7pm on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3).

If you are not yet registered to vote, click the button below for information on how to get registered, or get registered on campus on the dates below. The deadline to register to vote by mail is October 26th. If you vote in person, you have until Election Day to register.

Register to vote on campus:

  • September 21 from 10am – 6pm on CentreTech Campus outside the Student Center
  • September 22 from 8am – 4pm on Lowry Campus outside the West Quad

Be an Informed Voter

Attend a session to understand this year’s ballot initiatives on October 14. Attend via Zoom at this link: https://bit.ly/2DZMN8x

Did you know? The USPS recently sent out thousands of postcards with misinformation about how voting by mail works in Colorado. Colorado is suing the USPS over the misinformation, and the USPS has been ordered to stop delivering the postcards. If you have already received one, please disregard all information on the postcard.

Some of the misinformation states that Colorado voters need to request a mail (absentee) ballot and that this ballot needs to be mailed back. This not true. Every Colorado resident receives a mail ballot automatically and you can return it via mail OR by dropping it off at a drop box.

Do Your Part to Keep Everyone Safe

If you are:

  • Positive for COVID-19
  • Experiencing infectious disease symptoms
  • Being tested for COVID-19
  • Self-quarantining at the direction of a medical professional
  • Knowingly exposed to someone who is displaying symptoms, being tested, or positive for COVID-19

Fill out the report form! Reporting promptly and properly helps keep everyone safe and healthy and ensures that we are able to keep things open and working for you. Please also stay home and do not come to campus or interact with others if any of the above conditions are true. Make sure to take care of yourself and do you part to stop the spread!

Stay safe and healthy everyone!

What’s Happening This Spring?

Courses this Spring will be offered in the same format as this Fall: Remote classes with both synchronous and asynchronous components. The Community College of Aurora is making this decision now based on current health and safety information, and the knowledge that there is currently no evidence that the COVID situation will improve significantly by the time Spring semester starts. The hope is that the situation does improve by then, but nevertheless the decision needs to be made now to allow for students to make plans for the Spring and not be dealing with the uncertainty of wondering what their classes will look like as registration opens.

What about productions?

The Colorado Film School is examining options and plans that might allow us to safely do at least some amount of filming in the the Spring, but a firm decision is still very much TBD. We, too, are eager to start productions again, but our first priority must be to keep everyone safe and well. Stay tuned for more information.

Check Out This New Book Club! LGBTQ Readers

LGBTQ Readers is a new book club hosted by CCA faculty member Patrick Munnelly that is open to all. Every month, they will examine a new book by an LGBTQ author. The book for the month of October is a fantasy novel set in an alternate universe Denver full of magic and magical creatures. Click the button below to find out more about the club and October’s book of choice, and to sign up to be part of the book club.

2020 Census – Deadline Extended

Have you completed the Census yet? If not, there’s still time!

Why should I complete the Census?

  • It’s quick and easy
  • It’s safe and secure
  • It ensures we have an appropriate number of representatives from our state in the House of Representatives
  • It ensures Colorado gets its fair share of funding for our state and communities for things like schools, roads, clinics, and services

For more information about the Census, how it works, and why it’s vital to get an accurate count from every Colorado resident, check out this video produced by the Colorado Film School:

Work-study Positions Available!

Student Success Advocate

The Dean of Students Office seeks enthusiastic, friendly and inclusive students from diverse backgrounds who would connect with and advocate for their CCA peers and community. Student Success Advocates will serve in many different capacities in the name of creating a culture of care and support that contributes to their peers’ success at CCA. Examples may include phone and text outreach to students to provide support and guidance in navigating college, connection of students to campus resources and staff, and advocacy on behalf of all CCA students in various spaces, such as the college-wide retention committee. Work study students will learn valuable interpersonal, conflict resolution, proffessionalism and advocacy skills that would be essential in any career field. Email michael.pichay@ccaurora.edu to find out more.

CCA Building Hours and Access

Fall 2020 Library Hours
Monday-Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday-Thursday: 12pm – 8pm

Academic Learning Center
Monday: 9am – 11:30am, 12pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 9am – 2pm
Wednesday: 9am – 11:30am, 12pm – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 2pm

West Quad Lab
Monday: 8am – 11:30am, 12pm – 4:30
Tuesday: 8am – 11:30am, 12pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 12pm – 4:30pm, 5pm – 8pm
Thursday: 8am – 11:30am, 12pm – 4:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm

CCA Tutoring Services

Need some extra help with your classes? Check out the Tutoring Services page using the above button! Tutoring is available for a variety of subjects, including Math, Writing, ESL, Spanish, and Accounting.

Need Software?

See the previous newsletter for links and coupons.

For any other technological queries or quandaries, please email Jordan Meyersieck at Jordan.Meyersieck@CCAurora.edu.

Advising Remote

CFS Advisors Angela Tancik and Stephanie Lee are available for advising appointments for the upcoming semesters. Advisors are requesting that appointments for the time being be held by phone or WebEx. To make an appointment please visit Navigate at your MyCCA Student page and use the comments to indicate that you are requesting a phone or WebEx session.

If your appointment is through WebEx, Angela or Stephanie will email you a link to your appointment.

If you cannot log onto Navigate please call 303-360-4929 or email Advising.CCA@CCAurora.edu.

SNAP Opportunities for Eligible Students

The Community College of Aurora has partnered with the Colorado Department of Human Services to provide support resources and services to SNAP/Food Stamps recipients attending college.

If you are currently receiving SNAP or enrolled in the SNAP Education and Training program, please click on the Enroll Now button below!