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Priority: Innovation

Creativity & Innovation at CC seeks to empower all students with the creative confidence to be changemakers. By integrating creativity and creative problem-solving, mindfulness, reflection, self-awareness, productive risk-taking, and collaboration into our curricular and co-curricular programs, we help students to generate multiple, diverse possibilities in order to bring ideas into action. We create spaces where work merges with play and encourage students to take risks without preconceived outcomes. While students might think it unwise to risk anything less than excellence, the quality of resilience that is crucial to any successful career and life requires reframing failure as a necessary and fruitful learning tool in an ongoing process of discovery. From exploring ways to harness the power of our creative minds, to envisioning radical entrepreneurial or social justice projects, to nurturing an idea from creative spark to execution, Creativity & Innovation at CC prepares students to approach any challenge with flexibility, openness and confidence. Ultimately, we seek to help students redefine success for themselves, as well as empower them to lead holistic, balanced lives driven by passion and curiosity -- lives that include meaningful work.

The college has been recognized in recent years by Forbes as the third "Most Entrepreneurial College in America" and first for innovation by U.S. News & World Report among national liberal arts colleges. As of April 20, 2021, $18.5 million has been raised for the Innovation priority and a new building at CC that will spark even greater possibilities through flexible, unsiloed classrooms, where ideas collide, new thinking emerges, and inspiration becomes tangible.


Contact Shannon Balmer at or (720) 552-4801 to discuss Creativity & Innovation giving opportunities.

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