RRCC News Releases

December 2014

Red Rocks Community College Receives Grant to Fund the IDEA Lab
Grant Helps Community College Students Succeed in STEM

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) announced today it has received a $15,000 grant from Xcel Energy to fund hands-on STEM learning in RRCC’s new IDEA Lab.

The Red Rocks Community College Foundation Elects Two New Directors

LAKEWOOD, CO –The Foundation welcomes Shaw Schulder and Paula Claussen to their Board of Directors. The Foundation strives to diversify the expertise of its membership as it works to support the vision and mission of Red Rocks Community College.

Fine Woodworking program presents Out of the Woods showcase

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Fine Woodworking program and Collectors Specialty Woods presents Out of the Woods, a juried exhibit of original wood furniture, art works, and musical instruments at the CS Woods showroom, 4355 Monaco Street in Denver. Out of the Woods opening reception will be Saturday, December 13, 2014 from noon to 4:30 p.m. The showcase will remain open Wednesday through Saturday, December 17–20, from noon to 4:30 daily. The showcase is open to the public with free admission. 

Auditions for WWII USO Show: Feb 5 & 6

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Theatre Arts and Dance Department will be holding auditions in February to recreate a live USO show from World War II.  The show will be part of a college-wide event on April 9, 2015 at the Lakewood campus to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

November 2014

Grainger Awards Scholarship to Red Rocks Community College Students in Support of Skilled Trades and Public Safety

LAKEWOOD, CO - Rudy Anaya, an Industrial Controls student, and Francesca Smaldino, an Electrical Degree student at Red Rocks Community College, were each recently awarded a $2,000 Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® scholarship by Grainger, a local distributor of products used to maintain, repair or operate facilities. The scholarship program offers financial assistance for tuition and books to 250 outstanding students each year who are earning associate’s degrees or certificates in skilled trade and public safety programs at 125 community colleges across the country.

The RRCC Foundation Announced as 2014 Scholarship Provider of the Year

LAKEWOOD, CO - The Foundation has been recognized as the 2014 Scholarship Provider of the Year (SPOY) in the College and University category by the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).

RRCC presents The Element Series Part I: EARTH :: Fall Dance Show opens December 4, 2014

LAKEWOOD, CO - The Theatre Arts and Dance Department is proud to present the first in their Element Series this fall,EARTH, beginning December 4, 2014 at Red Rocks Community College’s Lakewood campus. Works created by faculty and students will be performed in a wide variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, ballroom, modern, hip hop, and swing.

Largest Scholarship in the Nation for Community College Students Now Accepting Applications

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 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.

September 2014

RRCC’s Rocky Mountain Education Center Receives $139K OSHA Grant :: Funds to provide training to supervisors in oil and gas industry

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College’s Rocky Mountain Education Center (RMEC) has received a new grant award from the US Department of Labor’s OSHA. The Susan Harwood Grant Program has awarded $139,148 to provide communication and leadership training-of-trainers in the upstream oil and gas onshore industry operating in Colorado and North Dakota. Those responsible for in-house supervisor training from companies with employees of 250 or less will be invited to participate in the grant training in which they will receive course curriculum and guidance in adult learning practices.  

August 2014

Red Rocks Community College Receives $516K Grant for STEM Education :: National Science Foundation Award Will Be Given Over Three Years

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) this month was awarded more than $500k to engage and retain low-income and first-generation community college students in engineering and STEM.

Red Rocks Welcomes Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) is pleased to welcome a Fulbright Scholar into its educational community. Dr. Sylvester Bongani Maphosa, the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence awardee, will be working with Red Rocks Community College and University of Colorado Boulder to advance their international presence, assist in faculty and curriculum development, and diversity the educational experiences of their students, scholars, and surrounding community. He is currently the Chief Research Specialist and Head of Unit: Peace and Security at the Africa Institute of South Africa.

July 2014

RRCC Dean Kelly Circle Volunteers in Washington, D.C. at National American Legion Auxiliary :: Girls Patriotism and Government Leadership Conference

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College dean Kelly Circle is one of 30 American Legion Auxiliary volunteers who has the honor of joining 98 young women attending the 68th American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., July 19-26. Two outstanding citizens, known as “senators,” are selected at the 49 Girls State sessions held across the country to represent their state at ALA Girls Nation. This premier leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of government, to instill a sense of pride and loyalty in America and to create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

Grainger donates $18,000 to RRCC Foundation

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest Illinois, has donated $18,000 to Red Rocks Community College Foundation in support of its mission to provide RRCC students with opportunities for growth and development that set the foundation for self-directed learning, academic achievement, and career accomplishment.

Not Your Typical Day at the Beach! :: Red Rocks team places third in Arvada’s Sand in the City competition

Red Rocks Community College recently participated – and took home third place – in Sand in the City®, a sand sculpting contest and festival hosted by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce on June 27th in Ralston Park near Arvada West High School.

June 2014

Red Rocks Community College Plans to Participate in Forum on Internationalizing U.S. College Campuses

Ms. Linda Yazdani and Director International Students, Services, & Programs will participate in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington D.C. from June 23-25, 2014 on behalf of Red Rocks Community College.  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum will bring together 550 university representatives with over 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world to discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States, and promoting U.S. Study abroad.   

Governor approves $10 million for Red Rocks Arvada campus expansion

LAKEWOOD, CO - Included in the recent Colorado state budget bill approved by the governor is $10 million for Red Rocks Community College to renovate and expand the Arvada campus into a health careers campus. An additional $7.5 million is being designated from the college reserves, making up 77% of the $22.5 million needed to renovate the campus’s two buildings and add a third.

Red Rocks Fine Woodworking sponsors Sickle Cell Art Creation Day

LAKEWOOD, CO - Faculty and students of RRCC’s Fine Woodworking department are sharpening their tools and creativity to support Sickle Cell Art Creation Day on Saturday, June 14 at Redline Art, 2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver.

May 2014

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 a record number of awards. PTK chapter advisor Carolyn Mattern and the officer team of Savina Cancino, Rebecca Winters, and Cody Oldham attended the conference, which took place this year in Orlando, FL. Among their nine awards, RRCC’s Alpha Kappa Sigma earned 7th place for Distinguished Chapter, which is selected from over 1,300 chapters in the world.

April 2014

Two RRCC Students Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships :: Transfer Scholarships worth $30K per year to earn bachelor’s degree

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College students Stacy McElvaney and Julianna Bourgeois are recipients of Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. This prestigious and competitive scholarship program awards $30,000 per year for up to three years to high-achieving community college students to assist in the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

RRCC provides free tax service to over 300 individuals through Tax Help Colorado

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) recently partnered with Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance through the Tax Help Colorado program. From February 1 through March 5, IRS-certified RRCC students prepared and e-filed tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than about $50,000 a year.

Berndt Savig Named 2014-2016 Endowed Teaching Chair at RRCC

LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College Foundation is proud to award the 2014-2016 Swede Johnson/Coors Endowed Teaching Chair to Art faculty member, Berndt Savig. As the 20th Endowed Teaching Chair, Savig joins an exclusive group of faculty recognized for their excellence in teaching and commitment to Colorado students.

March 2014

RRCC News: Save the date for 9Health Fair at RRCC

LAKEWOOD, CO - This spring, 9Health Fair celebrates its 35th year of providing low and no-cost health screenings to communities throughout Colorado. On April 26, 2014, Red Rocks Community College is partnering with 9Health Fair to present dozens of free and low-cost health screenings, as well as education, for people to keep their health in check. Doors open at 7:00 a.m. and the fair ends at noon.

RRCC to hold panel discussion: Crisis in Ukraine :: Faculty to explore political, historical, economic, and geographic impact

Red Rocks Community College will host a panel discussion to explore the crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday, March 18 from 3-4 p.m. in The Den at the college’s Lakewood campus. Crisis in Ukraine will be moderated by Instructional Dean Mike Coste and will feature RRCC faculty experts who will weigh in on the crisis from the perspective of their academic disciplines.

240 Union Restaurant Raises Money for Scholarships at Red Rocks

LAKEWOOD, CO - Fine dining will provide much needed scholarship dollars for students at Red Rocks Community College as a result of the 10th annual Red Rocks Community College Foundation Benefit at 240 Union Restaurant in Lakewood on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

February 2014

RRCC features ‘Spotlighting Careers in Performing Arts’ :: Event explores career options in music, dance, and theater

LAKEWOOD, CO - Red Rocks Community College will hold an event for students and the community to explore careers in performing arts. Spotlighting Careers in Performing Arts is scheduled for Wednesday March 19 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in the community room at the college’s Lakewood campus.

RRCC students preparing taxes for individuals with incomes under $50,000

Representative Max Tyler will visit Tax Help Colorado’s free tax preparation site on Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)’s Lakewood campus to help raise awareness about free filing options available to low- to moderate-income tax payers. Rep. Tyler will be joined by Rosemary Rodriguez, state director for Senator Michael Bennett, Dr. Lisa Fowler, RRCC VP of Student Success, and Bill McGreevy, RRCC Dean of Instruction. Rep. Tyler, Rodriguez and Dean McGreevy will greet the hard-working families who are filing taxes and thank the RRCC students who are serving as the site’s tax preparers.

January 2014

Red Rocks Community College Foundation Announces Arvada Sister Cities International Scholarship

LAKEWOOD, CO - The Red Rocks Community College Foundation announces, in partnership with the Arvada Sister Cities International, the Arvada Sister Cities International Scholarship. The Red Rocks Community College Foundation strives to work in concert with community interests to support the students of Red Rocks Community College.

Paul Hughes to show his Homage a Louise series in RRCC’s Susan K. Arndt Gallery

LAKEWOOD, CO - Paul Hughes, one time owner and director of Ink Fish Gallery, one of Denver’s premier galleries for many years, will be featured in his first one-man exhibition, Homage a Louise opening January 13 in the Susan K. Arndt Gallery at Red Rocks Community College.