RRCC News 2015

May 2015

Red Rocks will be first community college in Colorado system to offer a bachelor’s degree
Degree Approved by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education

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.

Red Rocks Community College Helps 330 Local Families Receive $626,901 in Tax Refunds

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – 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.

RRCC Recognizes Outstanding Students and Faculty at Commencement 2015

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. 

Red Rocks Community College Foundation names Dr. Merri Mattison
2015-2017 Student Voice Endowed Teaching Chair

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.

Boettcher Grants $100,000 to Red Rocks Community College
Funds will help expand Arvada Health Sciences Campus

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.”

The First Four-Year Bachelor of Applied Science Degree to Be Offered by Community Colleges Has Been Approved by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education

DENVER – 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.

Red Rocks PTK Honor Society Earns International Recognition

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.

Red Rocks Community College Receives Economic Development Award

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.

April 2015

RRCC Students Showcase Speaking Skills in 2015 Speech Competition
Students’ Speeches Tackle Topics from Helping the Homeless to Not Shaking a Baby

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.

RRCC Woodworking Program Presents Emerging Wood Artisans in Out of the Woods Showcase
Event will showcase original student works

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.

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 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.

RRCC to Host a Sustainability Celebration in Honor of Earth Day
F
ree event is open to the public

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.

Red Rocks World War II Day was a tribute to the Greatest Generation
Event commemorated WWII and celebrated the culture of the era

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.

Precision Machining introduces daytime classes for adults
Advanced manufacturing industry provides rewarding careers and high salaries

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.

March 2015

Red Rocks Community College Foundation Awarded Scholarship Funding for Non-Traditional Students

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.”

Red Rocks Community College Presents World War II Day
Experiential learning event commemmorates 70-year anniversary of war's end

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.

RRCC presents Greek Tragedy: Medea by Euripides

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.

9HEALTH FAIR CELEBRATES 35 YEARS OF HEALTH SCREENINGS
Screening Location on Saturday, April 18, 2015

RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
13300 West Sixth Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
7:00 am to 12:00 pm

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.

February 2015

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.

January 2015

Red Rocks Community College focuses on International and Peace Studies

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.

E2P Project Partnership Leads to Health Care Career Pathways

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.

RRCC Presents Art Show:  The Things We Do
Exhibit Showcases Photography in Unusual Circumstances

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.