Community Partner Program (CPP)

This is the Community Partner Program (CPP) Website to get important information regarding events, services, and announcements specific to COSI scholars. 

Community Partner Program Upcoming Events:

  • Fall events to be announced soon

What is the Community Partner Program?

The Community Partner Program (CPP) at Red Rocks Community College provides support services to COSI Scholars with a focus on supporting students in overcoming Academic, Social, and Institutional challenges and barriers, which may hinder their progress through their educational career. 

Services exclusive to COSI scholars:

  • Success Coaching
  • One on One Check-ins with COSI Advisor
  • Course Planning
  • College Literacy workshops
  • Connect participants with RRCC campus departments
  • Financial Aid assistance and FAFSA Completion workshops
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Search information
  • Engagement Events (Check Event Calendar)
  • Peer Mentoring Program (See more below)

Program Requirements:

COSI scholars need to meet with Community Partner Program Coordinator, Ellie Ponce once per semester.

Who is considered a COSI Scholar?

COSI scholars are students who earned the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship (COSI), the COSI Matching Scholarship (MSS) or the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges scholarship (FCCC). 

RRCC students can apply for COSI funds throughout the Red Rocks Community College Foundation Scholarship Application. That doesn’t necessarily mean the will receive the funds but they are added to the potential pool of recipients, which streamlines the application process.  

Participants will be notified by the Red Rocks Foundation Department if they are COSI Scholars or COSI Matching Students.

CPP Peer Mentor Program (to apply as either Mentor or Mentee, click here)

The Community Partner Program will be hosting a Peer Mentorship Program for Fall 2022 pairing Red Rocks COSI Scholars with new Freshman scholars.

Peer Mentors lead mentees through their experience at Red Rocks Community College and help new students throughout the academic year. 

Through one-on-one and group meetings, Peer Mentors will be a knowledgeable guide for new students, a thoughtful facilitator who provides access to people and resources and ultimately a role model and advocate.

Peer Mentor Responsibilities

  • Serve as an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer to help first-year students succeed at Red Rocks Community College.
  • Develop and maintain relationships, aid and support for first-year students (focus on a smooth transition, acclimation, and a sense of belonging).
  • Serve as a resource for students new to the College.
  • Encourage attendance to all First Year Experience programs.
  • Participate in training, programs and activities.
  • Attend group meetings.
  • Serve as a positive role model.

Peer Mentor Qualifications

  • Completed at least 12 college level credits at Red Rocks Community College.
  • Be in good academic and student conduct standing.
  • Commit to being a Red Rocks student throughout a full semester.
  • Be willing to learn and share information about the Red Rocks College Community, campus life, and campus resources.
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Have a genuine desire to help their peers succeed.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential.
  • Be self-motivated with a positive attitude.
  • Display a willingness to learn about different cultures.

Benefits of volunteering as a Peer Mentor

  • Improve communication and personal skills.    
  • Develop leadership and management qualities.    
  • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject(s).    
  • Increase your confidence and motivation.    
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers.    
  • Enhance your Curriculum Vitae (Resume).    
  • Increase your circle of friends.    
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience.
  • Benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth.

CPP Peer Mentor Program Participation Form

For more information, please contact:

Ellie Ponce, Community Partner Program Manager
Office: 303-914-6129 | Cell: 303-495-8346

Set up appointment with Ellie Ponce 


Monday to Friday available remotely 9am-5pm
Wednesday at Arvada campus 9am-5pm 
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at Lakewood campus 9am-5pm Room #1124