Current RRCC News

May 2017

RRCC Recognizes Outstanding Students and Faculty at Commencement 2017

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) celebrated the achievements of students and faculty at their 47th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13.  Over 2,500 degrees and certificates were awarded to graduates from summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017.

Northrop Grumman provides valuable experience to RRCC Cybersecurity Students

Lakewood, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) students who are studying Cybersecurity recently interviewed with representatives from Denver area Northrop Grumman for cybersecurity internships and the opportunity to work with a leading global security company. 

Red Rocks team in finals for NSF Community College Innovation Challenge
Ten teams of solution-based researchers head to nation's capital for Innovation Boot Camp

Lakewood, CO—The National Science Foundation announced that a team from Red Rocks Community College is one of 10 finalists in its nation-wide Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). The CCIC is a contest in which community college students are asked to propose innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems. 

Red Rocks Students Finish First Place in Colorado/​Wyoming Japan Cup

LAKEWOOD, CO – A team of three Red Rocks Community College Japanese language students won first place in the Colorado/Wyoming Japan Cup, an inter-college Japanese language and culture competition, last month at the University of Denver. RRCC competed against 11 other teams from Colorado universities.  Red Rocks was the only community college participating.

RRCC Awarded CCCS Innovation Grant for $193,000 to support STEM projects

Lakewood, CO – Two Red Rocks Community College programs were selected for funding by the Colorado Community College System’s Innovation Challenge Awards.  The 2017-2018 Innovation Grants will build programming for RRCC’s IDEA Institute and WeBWorK Math Instruction.

Red Rocks PTK Honor Society Earns International Recognition

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter, Alpha Kappa Sigma, was recognized at the International Convention in Nashville last month with three major awards. Chapter officers Natasha Albrecht, Deitra Sandy, and Sean Ross; and Advisor Carolyn Mattern were present at the 99th annual convention of the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.


April 2017

Arvada/Wheat Ridge Service Organizations Recognize Teens for Overcoming Adversity
Students receive scholarships to Red Rocks Community College

LAKEWOOD, CO – More than 100 teenagers who have overcome various forms of adversity were recognized by the Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) at a ceremony in April at Wheat Ridge High School.  Scholarship awards to Red Rocks Community College and recognition certificates were presented by the students’ nominators and school principals. In addition, Congressman Ed Perlmutter has arranged to have the names of the youth printed in the Congressional Record. The program was narrated by Ron Sloan, retired Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

RRCC Presents You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown - Don’t Miss This Beloved Classic!

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. This beloved classic is directed by Kelly Jo Eldredge and choreographed by Marilynn Toth. It is presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., New York. Performances will be April 27, 28, and 29 at the Red Rocks Community College Theater.

RRCC Receives Genesis Award from Jeffco Economic Development

Lakewood, COThe Jefferson Economic Development Corporation honored RRCC with the Genesis Award for “Economic Developer of the Year” for the Arvada Campus expansion at their 24th Annual Industry Appreciation Awards breakfast last month. This award honors an organization that has significantly contributed to sustained economic vitality in Jefferson County through creative leadership, innovation, facilitations, and collaboration both within and outside of Jefferson County. RRCC was nominated by the City of Lakewood and the Arvada Economic Development Association. The college was the recipient of the same award in 2015.

Red Rocks Community College to host 15th Annual 9Health Fair 

Fair includes screenings for children

Saturday, April 22, 2017
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Denver, CO On April 22, 2017, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair for our 15th year as a host site for a community family fair. Each spring, volunteers organize more than 25 free and low-cost health screenings and education offerings for our community, placing a variety of life-saving health screenings all under one roof. Over 100 of our site volunteers are students, faculty and staff from RRCC, assisting in both medical and non-medical roles in the health fair. We have many special children’s screening, all of which are free. We will also have a “Touch a Truck” area with fire and ambulances for the children to explore.

RRCC Inspires Tomorrow’s Leaders with insights from local entrepreneur
Event encourages student engagement and networking

LAKEWOOD, CO – Our destiny is created by how we respond to life’s events. Fear of change will paralyze you; welcoming change will allow you to evolve...


March 2017

RRCC’s Joan Smith Honored in Denver Business Journal’s 2017 Top Women in Energy

The Denver Business Journal recently announced its list of the 40 Top Women in Energy, recognizing women who are key influencers in metro Denver’s energy sector. This year Joan Smith, Executive Director of RRCC’s Rocky Mountain Education Center (RMEC), is among the honorees and will be recognized in the April 14 issue of the Denver Business Journal and at a VIP reception on April 19 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Pinnacle Room.

Certified Physician Assistant in Red Rocks Community College’s PA Program Nationally Recognized
Dayna Jaynstein one of only 20 in state to earn credential

LAKEWOOD, CO –Dayna Jaynstein, PA-C, a certified physician assistant faculty member at the Red Rocks Community College PA Program, was recently awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

Red Rocks Community College Presents World War I Day
Experiential learning event commemorates The Great War

LAKEWOOD, CO – On April 6, 2017 Red Rocks Community College will bring history to life with World War I Day, a free community event at the college’s Lakewood campus to commemorate the First World War. This experiential learning event will allow participants to experience living history and understand its effect on the future, while paying tribute to those who defended our country at home and abroad.


February 2017

RRCC Presents The Best of Everything
Colorado Premiere!

LAKEWOOD, CORed Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents The Best of Everything. This Colorado premiere is directed by David-Matthew Barnes and choreographed by Angie Simmons, with musical direction by Kelly Jo Eldredge. It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Performances will be March 2, 3, 4 at the Red Rocks Community College Theater.

RRCC Faculty Brenda Forland Honored with Wartgow Award
Designation recognizes innovation of ‘Teaching with Technology’

LAKEWOOD, CORed Rocks Community College Math Faculty Brenda Forland was honored recently with the Jerome Wartgow Teaching with Technology Award.  This award recognizes a full-time faculty for excellence in using educational technologies as an effective tool to stimulate, enhance and meaningfully improve teaching and learning within the Colorado Community College System.

Red Rocks Community College Presents “Damage” Art Exhibit
Haunting imagery reflects society’s “most” and “least” wanted

LAKEWOOD, CORed Rocks Community College is currently hosting an art exhibit by Denver artist    Sharon Brown. “Damage” features psychologically charged paintings created mostly from photographs. The work, on display in the mezzanine near the library at RRCC’s Lakewood campus, will run from now until February 2018.

January 2017

Red Rocks Community College Honors 2016 Employees of the Year

LAKEWOOD, CORed Rocks Community College recognized last month three outstanding employees for their contributions and service to the college

RRCC Offering Free Tax Filing Services to Families Through Tax Help Colorado Program
Partnership with Tax Help Colorado helps more families with incomes under $54,000 access free tax preparation services and bigger refunds

LAKEWOOD, CO - This tax season, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to help hard-working families become more financially secure by providing free tax preparation services through the Tax Help Colorado program. Beginning January 28, 2017, IRS-certified Red Rocks Community College students will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $54,000 a year.