Foundation Programs

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation supports many programs to further its mission of providing opportunities, offering options, and recognizing excellence. Programs are designed to support RRCC students, faculty, and staff in a variety of ways.

Please contact the foundation for more information, or call 303.914.6426 with questions.

Employee Book Fund

The Red Rocks Employee Book Fund supports the professional and educational development of RRCC employees who are eligible for Employee Tuition Assistance as determined by the college's benefits policy.

Qualifying employees may apply for grants up to $50 per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) to cover the cost of textbooks for classes taken at Red Rocks Community College. Any class scheduled during work hours must be pre-approved by the employee’s supervisor and appropriate Dean/Vice President.

To request reimbursement submit this form (below), along with appropriate documentation, to the RRCC Foundation for approval and reimbursement. In all cases, proof of payment (i.e. a bookstore receipt) is required.
Download Application form pdf

Foundation Mini-Grants

The Foundation Mini-Grant Program provides staff, full-time faculty and part-time instructors the opportunity to develop projects in areas including, but not limited to: enhanced student learning and performance; curriculum development; innovative uses of technology; development of instructional activities; development of alternative fiscal resources; professional development; the purchase of instructional equipment/technology; or other projects that would not normally be funded by area or departmental budgets.

All staff, full-time faculty and part-time instructors are eligible to apply for a Mini-Grant. Funded projects must be completed within one year of the award. Funds can be used for curriculum development, professional development, an instructional activity, or the purchase of instructional equipment. Collaboration on proposals is encouraged.

Dr. Agneta Albinsson Endowment Fund Professional Development Grant

Established in 2013, the purpose of the fund is to support professional development opportunities for individuals teaching in the RRCC science and healthcare programs. The fund was established by Dr. Agneta Albinsson and her husband Mats Wahlstrom to aid RRCC in its ability to attract and retain highly skilled teachers in these important academic areas.

Teaching Chair Program

Student success is directly influenced by faculty excellence. Red Rocks Community College strives to deliver an exceptional educational experience to all students by recruiting, recognizing, and rewarding exceptional faculty. The RRCC Foundation Teaching Chair Program, the only multi-year faculty award in the Colorado Community College System, is a meaningful way of recognizing and awarding outstanding faculty. The Mike Leprino Family and Coors Brewing Company endowed the first two chairs in 2001.

Recipients of a RRCC Teaching Chair Award are selected from full-time faculty following a portfolio review and initial screening by a panel of faculty representatives. The panel then forwards a list of finalists to the RRCC Foundation Board of Directors for final selection. Each recipient is awarded a three-year salary enhancement of $5,000 per year in addition to $2,500 per year for professional development.

An Endowed Teaching Chair may be established with a gift or pledge of $100,000 and continues in perpetuity. A Named Teaching Chair may be established with a gift of $22,500. Teaching Chair donors are recognized in many ways for their generous support of faculty and educational excellence. Donor recognition includes naming rights, permanent recognition on the Teaching Chair wall at the RRCC Lakewood campus, recognition in RRCC publications, and an invitation to the Foundation's annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon. For more information regarding making a donation in support of the Teaching Chair Program, contact RRCC Foundation Executive Director Ron Slinger at 303.914.6426.

Faculty may download a nomination form or application packet or pick one up in person at the Foundation Office (room 1133).