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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RRCC provides free tax service to over 300 individuals through Tax Help Colorado

Students and faculty at Red Rocks Community College recently provided free tax filing for 311 taxpayers through the college’s Tax Help Colorado site.

Students and faculty at Red Rocks Community College recently provided free tax filing for 311 taxpayers through the college’s Tax Help Colorado site.

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) recently partnered with Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. From February 1 through March 5, IRS-certified RRCC students prepared and e-filed tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $50,000 a year.

 

Students at the Red Rocks site prepared 311 returns, resulting in federal refunds of $615,452.  Accounting faculty Danielle Scholl and Janet Tarase coordinated RRCC’s site and oversaw the work of the students.

“We are so proud of our team,” said Tarase. “My colleagues and I watched our students grow both in intellect and confidence.  Students who started out hesitant became true professionals working with taxpayers one-on-one to calculate the most beneficial tax results.”
Tarase explained that the students became certified by the IRS to prepare individual tax returns, and some earned additional advanced certifications on quality review, health savings plans, and debt cancellations.  In addition to new skills, the participating students will receive a letter of gratitude from Governor Hickenlooper for their dedication to the Tax Help Colorado Program.

 

Tax Help Colorado has a presence on 19 college campuses and operates 28 free tax sites statewide.  More than 30% of Colorado families are eligible to participate in the program, which was created to help alleviate the financial burden of tax preparation on families that are striving to achieve financial stability.

 

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. RRCC serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.
About The Piton Foundation

The Piton Foundation sponsors Tax Help Colorado as part of its efforts to help move families from poverty and dependence to self-sufficiency. Piton is a private foundation located in Denver, Colorado. It was established in 1976 by Denver oilman Sam Gary. www.piton.org.

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Berndt Savig Named 2014-2016 Endowed Teaching Chair at RRCC

Berndt Savig is joined by RRCC president Dr. Michele Haney and his colleagues to accept the 2014-16 Endowed Teaching Chair award.

Berndt Savig is joined by RRCC president Dr. Michele Haney and his colleagues to accept the 2014-16 Endowed Teaching Chair award.

Lakewood, CO—Red Rocks Community College Foundation is proud to award the 2014-2016 Swede Johnson/Coors Endowed Teaching Chair to Art faculty member, Berndt Savig. As the 20th Endowed Teaching Chair, Savig joins an exclusive group of faculty recognized for their excellence in teaching and commitment to Colorado students. The 20 Endowed Teaching Chair faculty members are unique among their peers in the Colorado Community College System, as this premier program is the only one of its kind at a Colorado Community College.

 

“Berndt has been a major force at RRCC, encouraging students and employees alike to expand their creativity,” said Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College.  “We are so fortunate that he chose to be a faculty member at Red Rocks.”

 

Savig is a working artist in addition to his teaching. His professional experience leads to excellence in the classroom. He helps his sculpting students formulate and realize their ideas, while providing them with tools that will assist them in continuing the critical thinking and creative process long after they have left the classroom. Savig says his teaching philosophy is to “strive to be an encouraging, informative and inspiring model for my students.”

 

Students agree, saying he is “one of my favorite professors,” and “one of the best instructors I have ever had.” Savig’s students have nothing but praise for his abilities, but his classes aren’t all fun and games. Art offers interesting challenges and explorations to RRCC students. Savig’s commitment to students is clear from his reviews, where students express gratitude for his experience as well as his willingness to help them understand the material and the media.

 

Savig, who received his MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002, has assisted students at RRCC appreciate and think critically about their work and artwork since 2005. “It was an unexpected pleasure to receive the endowed teaching chair award,” said Savig after receiving the award. He added that “this award will enable me to pursue the development of a more diverse sculpture program, in traditional methodology as well as integrating new technology into the studio setting.”

 

As the 2014-2016 Endowed Teaching Chair, Berndt Savig will receive a three-year salary enhancement of $5,000 per year and $2,500 per year for professional development. This highly selective award was initiated in 2001 when the Mike Leprino Family Foundation and Coors Brewing Company endowed the first two Teaching Chairs. It has continued through service commitments by the RRCC community and the RRCC Foundation’s Board of Directors.

 

Craig Faulhaber of the Math Department and Dr. Kelly Worden of the Biology Department are also being honored as finalists. They will each receive $2,500 in professional development funding to encourage their hard work and dedication to teaching RRCC Students.

 

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to supporting the students, faculty, and staff at the college in their pursuit of excellence. The Foundation was established in 1993 with the vision of helping students of all income levels have access to higher education. Since its inception, the Foundation has given more than $3.5 million dollars in scholarships to RRCC students and $3 million for other RRCC programs. The Foundation also provides mini-grants to faculty and staff, awards for outstanding faculty, and support for other worthwhile initiatives.

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 two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.  www.rrcc.edu.

 

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State Farm Insurance Helps Students Smooth Out the Bumps

Image: A vehicle inside an auto painting booth.Fort Morgan, CO. 04/22/14. For more than 10 years State Farm Insurance has partnered with the Morgan Community College (MCC) Collision Technology program to provide the College with salvaged vehicles for training. However, this marks the first year that MCC students have been asked to repair State Farm fleet vehicles. Continue reading

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No. 16 Ranked LCC ‘Lopes clinch the 2014 Empire Conference Baseball Title

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No. 16 ranked LCC ‘Lopes clinch the 2014 Empire Conference Baseball title!

(Lamar, Colorado; April 22, 2014)The 16th ranked LCC men’s baseball team won two of four games against Trinidad State Junior College over the weekend and in the process earned the ‘Lopes the 2014 Empire Conference Championship. Continue reading

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ACC to host Workforce Training Open House

Workforce Training Open HouseLITTLETON, Colo. (April 21, 2014) – Arapahoe Community College’s Workforce Training Program will hold its annual open house for the Colorado First and Existing Industry Training Grant Program on Wednesday, May 21, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Room M4140 at the ACC Littleton Campus.

The Colorado First and Existing Industry Training Grant Program provides grant monies to local businesses. Colorado companies that meet certain baseline criteria are eligible to apply for two types of grants, “Colorado First” and “Existing Industry”. Continue reading

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Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely is among Boettcher Foundation Recipients

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Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely is among recipients of Boettcher Foundation funding”

DENVER, April 17, 2014 — Nine of Colorado’s higher-education institutions got a significant boost toward their efforts Thursday with the announcement of capital grant awards from the Boettcher Foundation.

The nine institutions were awarded a total of $825,000 for capital projects.

“From classrooms that will train the next generation of scientists to student centers that serve as vital community hubs, these projects represent some of the most innovative and impactful projects being pursued by the state’s higher-education institutions,” said Tim Schultz, Boettcher Foundation President and Executive Director. “We are proud to contribute to their progress and look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition.”

The projects selected for funding by the Board of Trustees represent efforts that contribute to the broad goals of community building, student engagement, and workforce and economic development. The impact of these nine projects is expected to extend well beyond the students they serve to have significant positive impact in the communities around them.

“When we determine which projects to fund, we seek out those that fulfill the Boettcher Family’s original mission of improving the lives of Coloradans, and this year’s education grant recipients embody that goal,” Schultz said.

This year’s higher education grant recipients are:

Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, $150,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of library, allowing it to respond to a changing research climate that is more reliant on digital data access and online research skills

Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely, $75,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the 50-year-old Rector Science Building, adding state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and lecture spaces

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, $50,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center so that it may accommodate future enrollment growth and continue to function as a campus hub

Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo, $150,000
Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center to create an inviting, dynamic and modern facility with retail, conference space and residential dining

Front Range Community College, Westminster, $100,000
Funding toward completion of a comprehensive campus renovation and expansion project, including a greenhouse for the college’s horticulture and landscape program

Lamar Community College, Lamar, $25,000
Funding   toward   construction   of   new student   housing   to   allow the   college   to accommodate growth in enrollment from outlying rural communities

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, $75,000
Funding toward expansion of the CU Depression Center so that it may continue to provide state-of-the-art clinical services, research and educational programming

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, $100,000
Funding toward completion of BioFrontiers Building, a facility that fosters collaboration between scientists and students from multiple disciplines to further the field of bioscience

University of Colorado Denver, Denver, $100,000
Funding toward construction of a new academic and student support services building that will centralize student services and provide dedicated classroom space

Since its inception, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $320 million to Colorado nonprofits, furthering their missions and touching hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. In addition to capital grant funding for educational institutions, the Boettcher Foundation provides capital grants to nonprofits in the social services and community enrichment arenas. For more

information, visit  BoettcherFoundation.org/home/capital-grants.

About the Boettcher Foundation:
Founded by the Boettcher Family in 1937 to effectively assist, encourage and promote a better quality of life for the citizens of Colorado, the Boettcher Foundation invests in Colorado through “minds and mortar.” The Foundation funds Scholarships, biomedical research and teacher training, as well as capital grants for nonprofits. For more information, visit BoettcherFoundation.org.

 

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Lamar Community College to Hold 75th Commencement Ceremony

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Lamar Community College to Hold 75th Commencement Ceremony

(Lamar, Colorado; April 18, 2014) Lamar Community College will host its seventy‐fifth annual Commencement on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the LCC Wellness Center. 270 degree or certificate‐seeking students are eligible to walk in this year’s commencement. This includes fall 2013 graduates as well as spring and summer 2014 candidates for graduation. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. No tickets will be required for admittance. Continue reading

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MCC Awards Student Employee of the Year

Image: Carlos Bradshaw with his companion dog Buddy, as well as MCC President Kerry Hart and faculty member Brad Parker.

Carlos and of course his companion, Buddy, have been noticed by others on campus. He is the face not only for the Auto Tech program, but MCC. Carlos has been a real asset and will be sadly missed,” comments MCC Instructor Brad Parker, on Carlos Bradshaw’s recognition as MCC’s Student Employee of the Year.

Fort Morgan, CO. 04/17/13. Each year colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week. Work-study employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.

This year Carlos Bradshaw of Fort Morgan was nominated and chosen as Morgan Community College’s (MCC) Student Employee of the Year. Continue reading

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