Colorado Culinary Nutrition concept Highlighted

I just wanted to share a US News blog featuring our own Culinary Nutrition Curriculum lead teacher, Julie Olsen from Monarch High School.

http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2014/06/16/high-school-food-and-nutrition-classes-serve-up-skills-for-life

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Bollman Tech Ed Center Wins Award

At the core of the 2014 Achieving Excellence in Career Technical Education: The National Career Clusters Institute are our Excellence in Action Award winners. Out of a large national pool of applicants, our 2014 award winners earned this distinction for their innovative approach to CTE, each exemplifying different elements of high-quality CTE as laid out in Reflect, Transform, Lead: A New Vision for Career Technical Education.

  •  From the Architecture and Construction Career Cluster, Tolsia High School Carpentry Program, Fort Gay, WV
  • From the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster, Union County Academy for Performing Arts, Scotch Plains, NJ
  • From the Health Science Career Cluster, Bollman Technical Education Center Medical Sciences Program, Bollman Technical Education Center, Thornton, CO
  • From the Information Technology Career Cluster, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Shelbyville, Computer Information Technology, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Shelbyville, TN
  • From the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster, Jack E. Singley School of Law and Public Service, Irving, TX
  • From the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Cluster, Innovation Academy for Engineering, Environmental, and Marine Science, Foy H. Moody High School, Corpus Christi, TX

These standout programs represent the best CTE has to offer. Advocates are encouraged to use these printable summaries of their success as effective meeting leave-behinds and case-making tools to promote CTE: learning that works for America!

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Nursing students honored

nursing pinTwenty nursing students from Trinidad State’s Alamosa and Trinidad campuses went through a traditional “pinning” ceremony last week.  In Alamosa, the ceremony happened Thursday, May 8.  In Trinidad, the pinning was performed Saturday morning, May 10.  A nursing pinning is a traditional ceremony that started with the Crusades of the 12th Century, when a group of knights cared for injured and suffering crusaders. As new monks were brought into the Order, they were given a Maltese cross that they wore on their arms.  During the 1860s, Florence Nightingale presented a medal of excellence to her hardest working nursing graduates.  Continue reading

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Top grads to be honored

(ALAMOSA, COLORADO) More than 100 graduates from Trinidad State will receive certificates and diplomas at a ceremony at Alamosa High School on Friday night.

Graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average are computer science student Hondo Snyder and Loral Hall.

Hall will receive a Certificate in Massage Therapy and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Holistic Health.  She plans on opening her own massage business and someday wants to go move into the field of sports massage therapy.

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Red Rocks PTK Honor Society Earns International Recognition

(L-R) Phi Theta Kappa officers Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters, advisor Carolyn Mattern, officer Cody Oldham, and regional officer Rita Erickson attended the international PTK conference last week in Orlando, FL where Red Rocks won nine awards, including 7th place among the world’s 1,300 chapters for Distinguished Chapter.

(L-R) Phi Theta Kappa officers Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters, advisor Carolyn Mattern, officer Cody Oldham, and regional officer Rita Erickson attended the international PTK conference last week in Orlando, FL where Red Rocks won nine awards, including 7th place among the world’s 1,300 chapters for Distinguished Chapter.

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Sigma, returned from their annual international convention with a record number of awards.

 

PTK chapter advisor Carolyn Mattern, officers Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters, and Cody Oldham, and regional officer Rita Erickson attended the conference, which took place this year in Orlando, FL.  Among their nine awards, RRCC’s Alpha Kappa Sigma earned 7th place for Distinguished Chapter, which is selected from over 1,300 chapters in the world.

 

“I’m so proud of this team,” said Carolyn Mattern, Advisor for RRCC’s chapter.  “These achievements demonstrate the dedication and leadership of our students, who not only excel in academics, but are committed to serving our community.”

 

The chapter earned the following awards:

  • Distinguished Honors in Action Project
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award – “Culture of Competition”
  • Continued Excellence Advisor – Carolyn Mattern
  • Distinguished Officer Team – Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters and Cody Oldham
  • Distinguished Officer – Savina Cancino
  • Distinguished College Project
  • Distinguished Chapter
  • Top 100 Chapters list
  • 7th Finalist for Distinguished Chapter

 

The chapter won the Distinguished Honors in Action award for their research project, which focused on the Culture of Competition.  They studied the impact of competition among non-profit agencies and implemented a donation drive for three agencies as part of the project.

 

The team’s awarding-winning “Distinguished College Project” is the Fox Star Challenge volunteer contest. Beginning last fall, students were encouraged to volunteer—on campus or within the community—with a goal of 5,000 total volunteer hours by the end of spring semester.  This week, the chapter achieved their goal.  One lucky student won a drawing for a free 3-credit class at Red Rocks, and all participants will be recognized at a reception on May 9.

 

More about Phi Theta Kappa:  Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.  Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students, and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programs.  Membership into Phi Theta Kappa is by invitation, extended only to students who meet eligibility requirements. Founded in 1918, there are 1,300 chapters worldwide.

 

More about Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

 

 

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ACC to host WIA Job Readiness Session on May 1

WIA job readiness informational sessionThe Arapahoe Community College Career and Transfer Center and Arapahoe/Douglas Works! will co-host a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) job readiness informational session this Thursday, May 1, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Room M4130.

Are you getting ready to graduate this semester in an IT or Finance/Business related program? Would you like to learn proven strategies to help you land a job as quickly as possible? Join us for this event to learn how the WIA Program can assist you with resumes, interviews, workshops, networking and occupational research.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact ACC Classroom-to-Career Specialist Holly Schmitt at holly.schmitt@arapahoe.edu or 303.797.5976.

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MCC Competes at State and Advances to Nationals

State_conference_2014.JPGFort Morgan, CO. 04/25/13. Morgan Community College (MCC) had three students recently compete at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference at Johnson and Wales University in Denver. Two students placed at State and will compete in the National Leadership Conference in in Nashville, TN this June. Continue reading

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Outstanding Students Recognized

Image: Annishia Eskew, Alex Romero, and Katie Gay were recognized and awarded for their “Outstanding” achievements as students at Morgan Community College.Fort Morgan, CO. 04/24/14. Each year Morgan Community College (MCC) recognizes four “outstanding”  students for their accomplishments and leadership. Faculty, staff, and students recently gathered for the award ceremony held at the Fort Morgan campus. Continue reading

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LCC Honors Academic Achievement in Phi Theta Kappa Ceremony

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Pictured: Front Row l-r: Vanessa Maestas (Denver), Miroslava Rangel (Lakewood) Second Row l-r: Amber Comer (Lamar), Marquee Strong (Nucla), Gabriela Jimenez (Thornton), Karen Zavala-Pacheco (Mexico City, Mexico) Third Row l-r: Kathryn Webber (Billings, Montana), Kassidy Hedrick (Perry, Utah), Alicia Gallagher (Suffolk, England) and Devon Nay (Lamar) Top Row l-r: Bayek Tutlam (Seattle), Luis Hernández (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Keenan Brune (Nucla). Not Pictured: Rebecca Abrams (Lamar), Garrett Hyde (Littleton), Austin LaCost (Lamar), Ben Ludwig (Lamar), Dorian Ray (Eads), Abbie Reed (Lamar), Chris Thompson (Los Angeles).

 

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LCC Honors Academic Achievement in Phi Theta Kappa Ceremony

(Lamar, Colorado, April 23, 2014)  Lamar Community College’s Beta Eta Gamma chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society welcomed its newest members during the spring induction ceremony on March 27.  New inductees are: Rebecca Abrams (Lamar), Keenan Brune (Nucla), Amber Comer (Lamar), Alicia Gallagher (Suffolk, England), Kassidy Hedrick (Perry, Utah), Luis Hernández (Albuquerque, New Mexico), Garrett Hyde (Littleton), Gabriela Jimenez (Thornton), Austin LaCost (Lamar), Ben Ludwig (Lamar), Vanessa Maestas (Denver), Devon Nay (Lamar), Miroslava Rangel (Lakewood), Dorian Ray (Eads), Abbie Reed (Lamar), Marquee Strong (Nucla), Chris Thompson (Los Angeles), Bayek Tutlam (Seattle), Kathryn Webber (Billings, Montana), and Karen Zavala-Pacheco (Mexico City, Mexico). Continue reading

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Two RRCC Students Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships worth $30K per year to earn bachelor’s degree

Pictured from left to right: Liz Cox, Carolyn Mattern, Marlene Adzema, Stacy McElvaney (scholarship winner), Julianna Bourgeois (scholarship winner), Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College, and Craig Faulhaber

Pictured from left to right: Liz Cox, Carolyn Mattern, Marlene Adzema, Stacy McElvaney (scholarship winner), Julianna Bourgeois (scholarship winner), Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College, and Craig Faulhaber

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College students Stacy McElvaney and Julianna Bourgeois are recipients of Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. This prestigious and competitive scholarship program awards $30,000 per year for up to three years to high-achieving community college students to assist in the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. This year’s cohort is the largest in the program’s 13-year history, with 85 recipients selected from 3,705 applications representing 737 community colleges across the U.S.

Julianna Bourgeois is earning a 4.0 GPA in her studies of calculus, chemistry, physics, and math while working and volunteering.  In addition to pre-engineering studies, she is assisting the Red Rocks Institute of Sustainability in Education in creating a STEM center.  Bourgeois works part-time for Student Life, is the events coordinator for RRCC’s engineering club, and also trains in classical vocals.  She will transfer this fall to CU Boulder to pursue an Engineering Physics degree, with minors in mathematics and electrical engineering.  Bourgeois plans to complete graduate and doctoral studies at CU and would like to work in experimental physics, conducting research in quantum computing, theoretical physics, or plasmatics.

Phi Theta Kappa member Stacy McElvaney is an ambitious self-starter who earned a 4.0 GPA while juggling a business, raising a family, volunteering, and caring for her horses.  In 2013 McElvaney was one of 20 students selected from across the nation for USA Today’s All-USA Academic team, based on her academic achievements and community involvement, such as assisting troubled youth through equine therapy.  This year was chosen an one of two RRCC Outstanding Graduates.  She completed an AA degree in Psychology and will transfer to Denver University this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree. McElvaney’s goal is to complete a master’s degree and become an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.

 

 

Scholars for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship were selected based on high academic ability and achievement, persistence, leadership, and financial need. The average GPA of the recipients is 3.98.

 

The next application cycle for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program will run from late September to early December. The Foundation encourages eligible rising sophomores and recent community college graduates (within the last five years) to consider applying for this scholarship.

About Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

About Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.  Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $120 million for over 2,000 scholarships and $76 million in grants to organizations that support our mission. www.jkcf.org

 

 

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