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RRCC 2010 News Release

December 2010

RRCC Fine Woodworking Department Invites the Community to Two Events: Steve DeVries in Concert and Fall Open House & Showcase

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Fine Woodworking Department at Red Rocks Community College invites the community to attend the fall open house and showcase on December 11th, 2010 on the Bridge at the college’s Lakewood Campus, 13300 W. 6th Avenue, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This free event celebrates artistic creativity in fine woodworking.


Fine Woodworking Event

November 2010

RRCC Library hosting “A Horse IN Art” Exhibit to Benefit Horse Rescue

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College is holding a free art exhibit, “A Horse IN Art,” to help support Harmony HorseWorks, a nonprofit horse sanctuary located in Conifer. Victoor, the rescue’s “spokes horse,” is featured in the acclaimed exhibit in the Marvin Buckels Library at RRCC’s Lakewood campus located at 13300 W. Sixth Avenue.


Horse in Art Exhibit in RRCC Library
Two students studying in library in front of one of the paintings for the exhibit.

RRCC Hosts Reception to Meet New Jeffco Elected Officials

Red Rocks Community College held a reception on Tuesday for newly elected Jefferson County officials. The event gave the school, leadership organizations, and community the opportunity to meet their officials and ask questions in a panel setting. The gathering is sponsored annually by the Leadership Jefferson County Alumni Association (LJCAA).


Officials Breakfast

October 2010

RRCC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts 123 New Members

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) inducted 123 new members into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges on Wednesday night.

PTK Ceremony



RRCC Physician Assistant Program Awarded $400K Grant: Funds will support training of PAs in rural Colorado and Wyoming

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) received a grant last month to expand its Physician Assistant (PA) program to underserved populations. RRCC was one of 28 PA education programs to receive funds under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act:  Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program.

PA Students


RRCC Instructor Attends White House Summit on Community Colleges

Red Rocks Community College faculty Chuck Beck was a participant today in the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges.  Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, also a community college instructor, convened the Summit, which was designed to explore the critical role community colleges play in our educational system, workforce, and economy. 


Biden and Beck


RRCC and Suncor Energy Partner on Customized Education Programs

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), along with Suncor Energy, unveiled a new Distributive Control System training classroom at the college’s Arvada campus on September 17, 2010. The classroom features control stations that prepare students to operate the TDC 3000 software exactly as found in most manufacturing industries throughout our region.  In 2007, Suncor Energy announced a three-year, $300,000 community investment grant to RRCC to develop the regional energy training center at the college in support of manufacturing and process industries.   


Suncor Partnership with RRCC

September 2010

Red Rocks Fellows Selected for Sustainability Program

As new collaborative initiative of Red Rocks Community College, Colorado School of Mines and Jeffco Public Schools, RISE prepares college faculty and K-12 teachers to understand the critical importance of sustainability, see its relevance in shaping how they teach and how their students learn, and foster and integrate education innovation for sustainability.  RISE is generously funded through a grant from the Community First Foundation, made possible through the Leach Family Donor Advised Fund.


Congratulations to RRCC's 11th Graduating Class of Physician Assistants

The Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant (PA) program honored its 11th graduating class of physician assistants on August 20. In a joint ceremony, the program welcomed its new entering class of 30 students, promoted 30 current students to their clinical year in a traditional white coat ceremony, and graduated 30 students from the program. John Price Witwer, M.D., Red Rocks PA faculty and former Colorado State Representative, presided over the ceremony.


July 2010

Members of Class of 1960 “Pay it Forward” to RRCC Student/ Lakewood H.S. Reunion Participants Provide Scholarship

The Class of 1960 Lakewood High School will celebrate its 50th graduation anniversary the weekend of July 30 – August 1.  The formal dinner will be at the Lakewood Country Club on July 31. Along with renewing friendships and reflecting on the past 50 years, the class will celebrate the future with the introduction of the class’s scholarship winner.


June 2010

RRCC “Gets in the Game” with 40th Anniversary Fundraising Gala!

In celebration of four decades of serving students and our community, the RRCC Foundation held a 1960s Las Vegas-themed party at the Ameristar Resort in Black Hawk on June 5. The evening’s program included recognition of five community partners who have been instrumental to our success over the years: Jefferson County School District, Colorado School of Mines, City of Arvada, Suncor Energy, and the Honorable Al Meiklejohn. The honorees were introduced by five RRCC students who had received scholarships and had inspiring stories to share. RRCC raised over $101,000 for scholarships throughout the evening (exceeding a goal of $40,000) by holding two live auctions and selling “mystery boxes” of gift items. Guests enjoyed dinner while listening to a Frank Sinatra impersonator.


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RRCC 40th Gala


May 2010

RRCC Awards Over 1,600 Degrees/Certificates at Graduation on May 15

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) presented more than 1,600 degrees and certificates at the college’s 40th annual commencement ceremony at the Lakewood campus on Saturday, May 15.  RRCC granted Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies degrees, plus certificates in hundreds of fields from Accounting to Wind Technology.


RRCC Graduation


April 2010

RRCC Student is Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Uma Sitaula has been selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship which will provide her with up to $30,000 per year while she continues her education at a four-year school.  An international student from Nepal, Uma is a full time RRCC nursing student who maintains a 4.0 GPA while working 40 hours per week.  In addition to PTK, she is a member of RRCC’s student government, belongs to the Psychology-Sociology Club, cares for an elderly couple with a quadriplegic son, and volunteers at her church.

Uma Sitaula above.

Uma’s position as an Audio Visual Assistant at Red Rocks has inspired her to be a leader, setting an example as a hard-working technician who has motivated other international students to overcome cultural challenges.  After a natural disaster in Nepal threatened her family’s ability to support her, Uma worked with RRCC’s Foundation to create scholarship opportunities for foreign students—a program that will benefit future RRCC students long after Uma graduates.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to a four-year college or university and complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Being selected as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar is a tremendous honor and accomplishment. It is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

 Uma is one of only 40 scholars selected from hundreds of applicants this year to receive this prestigious award.



RRCC Recognizes Two Student Rising Stars

LAKEWOOD, CO — Two Red Rocks Community College students, Yarrow Spitzfaden and Yamili Quezada, were chosen as Rising Stars for their leadership and involvement in campus activities. The awards are sponsored by the State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) and recognize students from each of the 13 community colleges in the state.  


Yarrow Spitzfaden Yamili Quezada
Yarrow Spitzfaden and Yamili Quezada, Students


The 2010-2012 Mike Leprino Family Foundation Endowed Teaching Chair Award Goes to Paul Gallagher

RRCC would like to congratulate this year’s Teaching Chair recipient, Paul Gallagher, English 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 Foundation and Coors Brewing Company endowed the first two chairs in 2001.  


Paul Gallagher
Paul Gallagher, English Faculty (center)



RRCC is a Screening Location for 9Health Fair OWN YOUR HEALTH on April 17, 2010!

9News Logo 

LAKEWOOD, CO On April 17, 2010, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair to present more than 20 free and low-cost health screenings and education offerings.   9Health Fair is Colorado’s largest volunteer-run, non-profit health care program, is urging anyone over 18 to attend   More than 90,000 individuals will be responsible for their own health April 17-25, 2010 by attending the 31st annual 9Health Fair. With more than 160 sites across Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska, 9Health Fair delivers free and low-cost health screenings and education to address today's most critical health issues.


March 2010

Tsuruoka National College of Technology Students Come to RRCC

Ten students and one instructor from Tsuruoka, Japan have come to Red Rocks Community College for an opportunity to study English and learn more about US colleges. During their two week stay these engineering students will have classes in English, intercultural communication, art, and US history, and they will have the opportunity to explore Winter Park, Denver, and Boulder.


japanese exchange students


February 2010

website Launch for RRCC’s New Green Workforce Project

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College celebrated the rollout of its new Green Workforce Project website.  The site was made possible by a grant from the National Science FoundationRed Rocks Community College has made a commitment to the national challenge of creating and sustaining a green workforce.  The new website is envisioned to be the portal for all the college’s educational and marketing efforts in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability across the Curriculum.  In addition to hosting news and community events, the site will have college and high school labs, lesson plans, and project available for download and use by other teachers.   Visit to use this exciting new resource.

NSF Website
Meghan Dews (Web Designer), Colleen Jorgensen (VP of Instruction), Michele Haney (President of RRCC), and Rick Reeves (Dean of Instructional Services) launch new NSF website at


RRCC’s OSHA Instructor Wins Safety Award from CH2M HILL. Harvey Harnish recognized with Decade of Safety Excellence Award.

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College Rocky Mountain Education Center’s Harvey Harnish has received CH2M HILL’s Decade of Safety Excellence Award.  This award recognizes individuals and companies that have made significant and outstanding safety contributions in helping CH2M HILL companies achieve long term “Target Zero” safety initiatives over the past decade.

Harvey Harnish



RRCC Salutes Student Hero Kelly Wallace

When RRCC student Jim Reid fell and injured himself near our building, physical therapy student Kelly Wallace came to his aid—helping him up, calling his wife, and arranging for transportation to the hospital.  Kelly also visited Jim in the hospital and brought him flowers and a card.  Kelly was recognized in a ceremony on Thursday where Jim presented her with one of his silk-screened prints.  President Michele Haney also presented Jim with an RRCC parking pass. Thank you Kelly, for your caring spirit!

Kelly Wallace



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