Current RRCC News

September 2016

RRCC Presents Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
Riveting Drama by John Patrick Shanley

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents the emotionally charged Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley, presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. The play is under the direction of David-Matthew Barnes. This show, for mature audiences only, will be performed September 15, 16, 17 at the Red Rocks Community College Theater.

August 2016

Red Rocks Community College hosts a ribbon cutting for their expanded Campus in Arvada

LAKEWOOD, CO -Red Rocks Community College will celebrate the opening of its $22.5 million expansion to its Arvada campus location on August 16, 2016. The ceremony is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. and speakers include: RRCC President Michele Haney; Congressman Ed Perlmutter; Arvada Mayor Marc Williams; President of Colorado Community College System, Dr. Nancy McCallin; President/CEO of Community First Foundation, Marla J. Williams; Executive Director RRCC Foundation, Ron Slinger; and Interim Arvada Campus Director/Dean of Instruction Bill McGreevy. Following the ceremony tours of the campus will be provided by students.

RRCC to Sponsor TENT Talks at Jeffco Fair & Festival
Featuring short, powerful conversations that inform and inspire

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College is proud to participate in Jeffco Fair & Festival, August 11–14 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, by presenting TENT Talks - a series of inspirational and educational talks.

Red Rocks Community College delivers training to fill state need for Advanced Manufacturing experts

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College is answering a statewide priority to provide a well‐trained workforce in the advanced manufacturing field by providing an Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathway program. In the spring of 2013, the Colorado General Assembly addressed this need with the passage of House Bill 13‐1165 which authorized the creation of a Manufacturing Career Pathway. Providing the training for this workforce is a major factor in growing existing industries and attracting new ones to Colorado.

Red Rocks Community College Foundation Receives Grant to Create Opportunities for Students in STEM

LAKEWOOD, CO -Red Rocks Community College Foundation is proud to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the Xcel Energy Foundation. The grant creates STEM-X, an initiative to increase engagement of STEM students in real world opportunities to gain practical skills and prepare for careers in STEM. STEM-X will help students to engage their future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers in meaningful ways.

RRCC Announces New Courses/Programs for Lakewood and Arvada Campuses
Still time to register for fall semester

LAKEWOOD, CO -Red Rocks Community College continues to register students for the fall semester, which begins on Monday, August 22.  Below is a sampling of new courses and programs offered at their two campus locations.

July 2016

Red Rocks Community College Foundation Announces 2016-2017 Foundation Mini-Grant Program Awardees

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College Foundation is proud to announce this year’s Foundation Mini-Grant Program awardees. Successful proposals include projects and professional development.

Red Rocks Community College Foundation Awards Professional Development Grants to Health and Science Professors

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College Foundation is proud to announce this year’s Dr. Agneta Albinsson Professional Development Grants for Health and Science Faculty. Professional Development grants totaling $6,008 were awarded to Christa Dobbs from the Physician Assistant Program, Drs. Gayle Crane and Brandon English with the Chemistry Department, and Dr. Eleanor Camann from Geology.

RRCC Presents Jack and the Beanstalk
Hilarious and Interactive Musical for Children

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents the fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk by special arrangement with Chicago Kids Company (book by Jesus Perez and Music and Lyrics by Paige Coffman), under the direction of Sean Dale, musical direction of Kelly Jo Eldredge, and choreography by Marilynn de Vries. This show for children of all ages runs on Saturdays July 9 through July 30 at the Red Rocks Community College Theater.

June 2016

Red Rocks Community College’s IDEA Lab is changing the face of innovators
Students seek to solve problems around the globe

LAKEWOOD, CO – The IDEA Lab at RRCC provides opportunities, tools and resources for community college students – often non-traditional, veterans, minority, low-income, and/or the first generation in their family to go to college – to become innovators for the common good.

RRCC Approved to Offer Bachelor’s Degree in Water Quality
First community college in Colorado to offer BAS degree

LAKEWOOD, CO – Starting this fall Red Rocks Community College will offer students a learning opportunity not available at any other two- or four-year higher learning institution in Colorado. The college has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer a bachelor of applied science degree in water quality management technology – the only degree of its kind in the state.  

Red Rocks Community College Presents “Last in the Woods” and “When Trellises Break” Exhibits

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College is hosting two exhibits this summer. “Last in the Woods” by RRCC faculty member Alexis Clements and “When Trellises Break” by Terri Bell from June 15 through August 25, 2016 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.

RRCC Presents Pensacola
Colorado Premiere Written and Directed by David-Matthew Barnes


LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Theatre Arts and Dance Department presents the Colorado premiere of Pensacola, written and directed by David-Matthew Barnes. Performances are produced by special arrangement with JAC Publishing & Promotions. The show runs June 16 through June 18 at the Red Rocks Community College Theater.

May 2016

RRCC Celebrates Academic Achievement of Pennington Elementary Students
Awards full-ride scholarship to one lucky winner 

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.

RRCC Students Showcase Speaking Skills in 2016 Speech Competition
Students’ Speeches Tackle Topics from “Don’t be a Zombie” to “Gun Control”

LAKEWOOD, CO - From not being a zombie to gun control, RRCC’s 2016 speech competitors persuaded the audience to take action on an array of topics. Other students argued for compassionate choices, vaccines and autism, decriminalizing sex work, promoting the Gateway Program, beating the odds, important lessons of adulthood and treating seizures in children with marijuana.

RRCC President Dr. Michele Haney wins Jeffco Schools Award
Honored with Lifetime Achievement in Education at Foundation luncheon

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.

RRCC Recognized by the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival

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.

March 2016

RRCC Celebrates National Week of the Young Child

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.

Red Rocks Presents Denver Premiere of Sky Lines
Play written and directed by RRCC’s David-Matthew Barnes

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.

Red Rocks Community College to host 14th Annual 9Health Fair

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.

February 2016

RRCC Presents Scars: From the Shadows into the Light
Inspiring Personal Stories from Gateway Students

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.

January 2016

RRCC Presents Variations
Theatre and Dance Student Showcase

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.

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation Elects Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret) Michael Hamel to Board of Directors

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.

RRCC Presents Museo de las Americas Art Exhibit

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. 

Red Rocks Community College Offering Free Tax Filing Services to Families Through Tax Help Colorado Program
Families can claim Colorado State Earned Income Tax Credit for the first time in 15 years

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.

Red Rocks Community College breaks ground for new Student Recreation Center

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.

Red Rocks Student Earns PTK Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship

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.