Current RRCC News
LAKEWOOD, CO – A Pennington Elementary School second grader got the surprise of a lifetime at a school assembly last Friday when his name was drawn for a full ride scholarship to Red Rocks Community College
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE HELPS 447 LOCAL
FAMILIES RECEIVE $895,423 IN TAX REFUNDS
LAKEWOOD, CO – During the 2016 tax season, Red Rocks Community College partnered with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Dr. Michele Haney, president of Red Rocks Community College, received the Norma Anderson Lifetime Achievement in Education Award by the Jeffco Schools Foundation, honoring her contributions to the community.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department is pleased to announce that their recent production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College invites the local and college community to come together for children during the Week of the Young Child (April 10-16, 2016). As part of the national Week of the Young Child™ celebrated across the country, Red Rocks is honoring young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents Sky Lines, written and directed by David-Matthew Barnes, in association with the Center for Inclusion and Diversity and Student Life. The show runs March 10 - 13 at the Red Rocks Community College Theatre.
Denver, CO — On April 16, 2016, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair for our 14th year as a host site. Each spring, volunteers organize free and low-cost health screenings and education offerings for our community, placing a variety of life-saving health screenings all under one roof.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents Scars: From the Shadows into the Light. This production, adapted and directed by Connie Sander, has been created from essays written by Gateway students at RRCC. The show runs February 24–28 at the Red Rocks Community College Theatre.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents Variations, a student showcase of theatre and dance works choreographed, written, directed, produced, and performed by RRCC students under the mentorship of RRCC Theatre Arts & Dance Instructors. The show runs February 4 – 7 at the Red Rocks Community College Theatre.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College Foundation welcomes Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret) Michael Hamel to their Board of Directors. The Red Rocks Community College Foundation strives to diversify the expertise of its membership as it works to support the vision and mission of Red Rocks Community College.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The RRCC Visual Arts Department is pleased to be hosting an exhibition of artwork from the permanent collection of the Museo de las Americas in Denver. The exhibit includes a wide range of work from Mexico, Central America and South America and includes a variety of masks, yarn paintings, ceramics, textiles, retablos, and bark paintings.
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 assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Beginning January 4, IRS-certified RRCC accounting students and faculty will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $53,000 a year.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new student recreation center on February 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. Festivities will take place at the building site on the northeast corner of the Lakewood campus near the Pavilion/Multi-purpose field, followed by refreshments, entertainment, and giveaways for students in the Grand Foyer.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Daniel Langemann, a student at Red Rocks Community College, has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College’s Continuing Education Division, Rocky Mountain Education Center (RMEC) has partnered with employers to meet the oncoming “gray tsunami,” the industry term for the pending retirement of more than 50 percent of their current workforce. RMEC is leveraging the resources offered by a newly renovated HVAC lab at Red Rocks Community College. Their Ready2 Work Academy, which follows a “boot camp” model, was developed in concert with employers from the building maintenance and energy efficiency industries.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Students and Instructors in the Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department have received recent recognition from several organizations.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College business program continued their hands-on, real-world learning approach last month by inviting entrepreneur Jake Jabs to the college to speak to students and enhance their studies of entrepreneurship and business.
Arvada, CO—A five-year grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration will enhance the RRCC Physician Assistant Program to train providers to use Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) principles. PCMH has become a widely proposed model to strengthen primary care while reducing overall health care costs.
LAKEWOOD, CO -Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility, which is why Red Rocks Community College has partnered with the Jefferson Center for Mental Health to develop the Suicide Prevention Project. The Suicide Prevention Project is funded by a $274,405 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents the third in their Elements Series, FIRE, beginning December 3, 2015 at Red Rocks Community College.
LAKEWOOD, CO – College students who are first-generation or low-income as well as students with disabilities will soon be seeing a lot more support at Red Rocks Community College. It is all thanks to a US Department of Education grant totaling $1,099,645 over a five year period. The grant will fund a brand new TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program at Red Rocks’ Lakewood Campus.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) will host a Veterans Day celebration at their Lakewood campus, 13300 W. 6th Avenue on Wednesday, November 11 from 10:50 a.m. to 6 p.m. Red Rocks students, faculty, staff, and the entire community are welcome to attend.
LAKEWOOD, CO - 9NEWS is hosting a live video panel today from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. with representatives from the Colorado Community College System to answer questions about programs, degrees, certificates, financial aid, credit transfers, and opportunities for job seekers to find a path for a career through community and technical colleges in Colorado. RRCC advisor Joanna Liebelt will be participating as our college’s representative.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Arvada’s City Council made their contribution for the Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Arvada Campus expansion official on Monday, October 19, voting to grant $1 million toward the $22.5 million project.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents Oscar Wilde’s hilarious classic The Importance of Being Earnest, under the direction of Connie Sander. The show runs November 5 through November 15 at the Red Rocks Community College Theatre.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department, in association with the Center for Inclusion and Diversity and Student Life, is proud to present a staged reading of Sarah Treem’s new and provocative play, When We Were Young and Unafraid, directed by Sean Dale.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the country for community college transfer students. As many as 85 students from a nationwide applicant pool will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years of study at any four-year accredited college or university of their choosing.
LAKEWOOD, CO – An exhibit honoring Red Rocks Community College retired art faculty Bob Thomas is currently on view at the Susan K. Arndt Gallery at RRCC’s Lakewood campus. The exhibit features the wide range of styles and ideas Thomas has explored throughout his career, from landscapes to portraiture to abstract work. The exhibit includes pencil drawings, prints, collages, watercolor washes, oil paintings, and acrylic paintings.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department is proud to present the fairy tale classic Cinderella, by special arrangement with the Chicago Kids Company, and under the direction of Kelly Jo Eldredge. This show for children of all ages begins August 8, 2015 at Red Rocks Community College.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College broke ground today on a $22.5 million expansion to its Arvada location. Now called the Health Sciences Campus, the new state-of-the-art construction—next to the existing structure at 5420 Miller Street—will triple the size and capacity of the Arvada location. The Health Sciences Campus will house all of the college’s health professions programs in one place. Construction will be completed in summer of 2016 in time for fall semester.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College’s sand sculpture “Sea you at RRCC” took third place in the Arvada Chamber’s annual Sand in the City contest and festival on June 26 in Ralston Park near Arvada West High School. The Red Rocks team of 17 included RRCC staff, students, and their friends and family. The team competed against eight other local teams to build their sculpture--a mythological Kraken sea creature, mermaid, shipwreck, and treasure chest.
LAKEWOOD, CO - The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced last week that the Red Rocks Community College student team placed first in their national Community College Innovation Challenge.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) announced today it has received the final approval to confer a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) on graduates of the Physician Assistant (PA) program. The final approval received last week from the program’s accreditation agency marks the end of a five year process involving approval by the Colorado Legislature in 2013, the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission earlier in 2015. The program will begin advertising the graduate degree this fall with admissions for the degree opening spring 2016. The first MPAS class is expected to begin their studies fall 2017.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College is hosting an exhibit of The Graham and Barbara Curtis Collection from June 18 through August 11, 2015 in the Susan K. Arndt Gallery located at RRCC’s Lakewood campus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 7 am to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 7 am to 6 pm.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College’s High School Relations team, Marilyn Kenfield and Nina Ysais, were recently awarded Jefferson County Counselor Advocates of the Year. Marilyn and Nina work with approximately one thousand K-12 students in Jefferson County each year who participate in the Concurrent Enrollment program. They were nominated by counselors at WarrenTech, a K-12 partner who offers 26 concurrent enrollment programs with Red Rocks.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) recognized a long-time champion and friend of the college, Dr. John Trefny, by granting him an honorary associate degree during RRCC’s 2015 commencement ceremony in May.
Today, Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), announced that the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education approved the first four-year bachelor of applied science degree for the institutions it governs. The degree will be for the Water Quality Management program at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC). This degree will also need approval from the Colorado Commission for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. Once they review the plan and approve it, RRCC will start offering the bachelor’s degree.
LAKEWOOD, CO - During the 2015 tax season, Red Rocks Community College partnered with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program. At RRCC’s free tax site, IRS-certified students filed 330 returns, helping local tax payers claim $626,901 in refunds.
LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) celebrated the achievements of students and faculty at their 45th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16. Over 1,600 degrees and certificates were awarded to graduates from summer 2014, fall 2014 and spring 2015. RRCC granted Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies degrees, plus certificates in dozens of fields at the ceremony which took place at the Lakewood campus’s outdoor pavilion.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College Foundation is proud to award the 2015-2017 Student Voice Endowed Teaching Chair to Sociology faculty member, Merri Mattison, Ph.D. As the 21st Endowed Teaching Chair, Dr. Mattison joins an exclusive group of faculty recognized for their excellence in teaching and commitment to Colorado students. The 21 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.
Denver, CO—The Boettcher Foundation has granted $100,000 to the Red Rocks Community College Foundation. The grant will go toward the expansion of the Health Sciences Campus in Arvada. “We are impressed with Red Rocks Community College’s Health Sciences program, and we are honored to help support its expansion,” said Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation. “This expansion will further enable Red Rocks Community College to serve both its students and the economic needs of our community.”
Denver, CO—Today, Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), announced that the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education approved the first four-year bachelor of applied science degree for the institutions it governs. The degree will be for the Water Quality Management program at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC). This degree will also need approval from the Colorado Commission for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. Once they review the plan and approve it, RRCC will start offering the bachelor’s degree.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Kappa Sigma, returned from their annual international convention with some awards of distinction. RRCC’s chapter recently attended the 2015 International Phi Theta Kappa Convention in San Antonio. It was there that they were recognized as one of the top 30 chapters, from among nearly 1300 worldwide.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Jefferson Economic Development Corporation recently awarded RRCC the Genesis Award for “Economic Developer of the Year.” 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.
LAKEWOOD, CO - From helping the homeless to not shaking a baby, RRCC’s 2015 speech competitors persuaded the audience to take action on an array of topics. Other students argued for a resource-based economy, avoiding sleep deprivation, staying rational while voting, saying no to GMOs, mental health treatment, and putting an end to shark finning.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College’s Fine Woodworking program presents Out of the Woods, a spring exhibit of original wood furniture, art works, and musical instruments at the Red Rocks Lakewood campus at 13300 West 6th Avenue on Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The showcase, located in the grand foyer/main entrance, is open to the public and admission is free.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The National Science Foundation today 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 were asked to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based solutions to perplexing, real-world problems.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College will host a Sustainability Celebration on Monday, April 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Lakewood campus. The festivities will include a vendor fair, exhibits, lectures, workshops, and other educational activities to expand our community’s knowledge on preserving the environment. This event will also support the Girl Scouts as they earn their Junior Journey Badges and seek funds/donations of high efficiency light bulbs to donate to “A Little Help,” a non-profit that helps elderly in need.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The crisp spring morning began with a relaxed vibe as radio 1430 KEZW conducted a live broadcast from the front lobby of Red Rocks Community College. Music from big band, swing, crooners, and jazz genres drifted through the foyer as World War II-era costumed staff and students entered the building. Almost every facet of the 40s wartime and civilian life were represented as Army recruiters, medics, Generals Macarthur, Patton, and Eisenhower, Mae West, All-American Girls Baseball League, and many more arrived on campus.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College, in partnership with WarrenTech, now provides adult student classes for WarrenTech’s daytime Precision Machining—also called Advanced Manufacturing—program. Morning and afternoon noon class options are available for the full-year program which begins in August 2015. The program puts students on their way to an exciting career in the advanced manufacturing industry, a high-demand field with lucrative salaries. Slots are offered on a first come, first served basis.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College Foundation announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Daniels Fund to provide Boundless Opportunity Scholarships to non-traditional students attending Red Rocks Community College. “Red Rocks is so grateful for the Boundless Opportunity Scholarships that will result from this grant,” said Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College. “The students supported by these scholarships will be better equipped to pursue their dreams thanks to the Daniels Fund.”
LAKEWOOD, CO – On April 9, 2015 Red Rocks Community College will bring history to life with World War II Day, a free community event at the college’s Lakewood campus to commemorate the 70-year anniversary of the end of the 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.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department is proud to present Medea, the classic Greek tragedy written by Euripides and translated by Alistair Elliot, under the direction of Gene Kato, beginning April 11, 2015 at Red Rocks Community College. Medea was written around the 5th century B.C., and yet the swirling emotions of this tragedy speak just as vividly to us today. Betrayal, jealousy, revenge, power—all combine in a fascinating work that explores people on the brink.
LAKEWOOD, CO – This spring, 9Health Fair celebrates its 35th year of providing low and no-cost health screenings to communities throughout Colorado. On April18, 2015, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair to present more than free and low-cost health screenings, as well as education, for people to keep their health in check. 9Health Fair, Colorado’s largest volunteer-run, non-profit health fair program, is urging anyone over 18 to attend.
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERING FREE TAX FILING SERVICES TO HARD-WORKING FAMILIES THROUGH TAX HELP COLORADO PROGRAM
Individuals with household incomes less than $52,000 qualify for free tax assistance
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 assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. Beginning February 4, IRS-certified RRCC students will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $52,000 a year.
LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College will offer a course entitled African Studies: Conflict, Security, and Development in Africa, Spring Semester 2015. Dr. Sylvester Maphosa, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence awardee, will serve as the faculty teaching this Special Topics course beginning January 23 through May 8, 2015. This course is a contemporary overview and analysis of issues surrounding security and development in Africa, and how these manifest themselves in the wider global context. The course will meet every Friday, 09:00 am – 11:45 am and is open to the community. Registration for the Spring Semester 2015 is underway online at www.rrcc.edu at RRCC Campus, 13300 W. Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Expanding Educational Pathways (E2P) project is one of 28 initiatives across Colorado to be awarded $3.4 million in grants from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, Initiative organizers announced this week.
LAKEWOOD, CO – The Things We Do, a group exhibition of photographs, is currently on view at the Susan K. Arndt Gallery at Red Rocks Community College. This exhibit features an interesting mix of ideas, placing photography in unusual circumstances from kites being flown to photos plastered on buildings and sets being built to reconstruct the past and its well-known characters. All of the artists in the show draw on the history of photography as an inspiration for conveying ideas that are current and relevant.