Special and Affiliated College Programs
Colorado Community College Online (CCCOnline)
Associate degrees and certificates through Colorado Community College Online (CCCOnline) offers opportunities to take traditional and specialized classes over the Internet. Students register at Otero College and receive training from a system online instructor. For further details, go to: www.ccconline.org or www.cccs.edu
CCCOnline delivers its courses on the D2L course management platform. In order for you to get the most out of the courses, the browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) you are using needs to be configured to be compatible with the D2L system. Click on the Browser Diagnostics page to run a quick check of your D2L browser to make sure it works optimally with D2L.
If you plan to access CCCOnline courses from your home, you must have an active account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). You may use either a PC or Apple/Macintosh computer for your online studies. The following are the recommended minimum computer system requirements.
Computer - IBM-compatible PC
• Intel Pentium 4 or Core, AMD Athlon or Phenom or greater processor.
• Operating System: WindowsXP or Apple/Mac or Chrome compatible. Depending on your Operating System (OS), you will need 512 Megabytes of RAM, OS: Win 7, XP, Vista, etc.
• Connection: DSL/cable preferred.
• Please note that your connection to the Internet must not initiate from behind a firewall, unless the firewall is configured to access our server. In some cases, you may have to turn off your firewall while doing your work if it cannot be configured properly.
• CD-ROM / Hard drive, USB thumbdrive, web camera.
• Optional - Full Duplex Sound card with speakers/headphones and microphone (required in some courses).
• SVGA (1024x768) or higher display.
Computer - Macintosh
• 2.0 Ghz Core 2 Duo. Note: If you have an older Macintosh, you can check the Apple
Product Info Archive to see what processor your Macintosh has.
• 9.0, 10.0 or 11.0 (Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion).
• 512 Megabytes of RAM.
• Full Duplex Sound with a microphone.
• Connection: DSL or cable broadband connection.
• Please note that your connection to the Internet must not initiate from behind a firewall, unless the firewall is configured to access our server. In some cases, you may have to turn off the firewall while doing your work if it cannot be configured properly.
• CD-ROM / Hard drive, USB thumb drive, webcam.
• 1024x768 or higher display resolution, thousands of colors.
Software - D2L System Checker which is located on the D2L login page.
Suggested: Microsoft Office 2007 (or newer). If you use other "Office" type programs, please note that some instructors may require you to convert your files to a MS-Office compatible format (generally rtf or txt files) for online submission.
Plug-ins - Some courses have audio, video and/or animation elements. Your computer will need special "plug-ins" for these files to work. Included below on this page is a link to the most commonly used "plug-ins." All of these "plug-ins" can be downloaded free of charge.
Flash Player - Many courses have interactive exercises or tutorials to help your understanding of course material. It is important that you have the most recent version of the Macromedia Flash Player so you can view these files.
QuickTime - QuickTime is a common plug-in that supports several digital media capabilities and components for audio,video and graphic images.
RealPlayer - RealPlayer lets you play streaming audio, video, animations, and multimedia presentations on the web.
Plug-ins Link - To download Flash Player, QuickTime or RealPlayer, go to: http://ninite.com/ to download for free.
Child Development Services
Child Development Services (CDS) has been a sponsored agency of Otero College since 1974. It is the mission of Otero College Child Development Services to provide high quality, comprehensive early childhood education programs for children from birth through 6 years old; to provide parent education programs that strengthen the family, develop basic literacy, encourage job training and personal development; and to develop community partnerships and coordination of community based services.
CDS administers three federally funded early childhood programs - Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and Early Head Start. These nation-wide, federally funded programs help low-income children, their families, and communities overcome the effects of poverty and help prepare children to start school.
In addition to Head Start programs, CDS administers the Colorado Preschool Program for East Otero School District. CDS provides services to over 900 children annually throughout a nine county area in southern Colorado. CDS can be contacted at: 719-384-3100.
Community Involvement Opportunities
Chinook - Chinook is a publication of writing and art. Otero students, faculty, staff, and community members can contribute original art, poetry, and prose ranging from personal essays to short stories. The magazine is compiled, coordinated, laid out, and printed under the direction of an appointed student editor. Chinook is published during spring semester.
Otero Dance Program - The Otero Dance Program is dedicated to the principle that those who have the desire to dance should have an opportunity to do so. Movement education is the central focus for the youngest dancers; however, older students may choose from the more traditional disciplines of ballet, tap, modern, and jazz. The program also offers specialized movement classes. Students can register before the beginning of each semester by calling 719-384-6812.
Otero Arts Festival - Each year, junior high and high school students are invited to participate in juried art and writing competition. The Otero Arts Festival, organized by college personnel, is held on the campus and is open to the public. Scholarships, cash, and ribbon awards are presented to the winners.
Theatre Productions - The public is invited to attend and participate in the theatre performances staged by the college and community. The Otero Players present quality productions fall and spring semesters in the Ed Stafford Theatre, located in the Humanities Center.