New Year News from the Pueblo Community College Foundation
The Pueblo Community College Foundation would like to wish YOU and Yours a Happy & Healthy 2015! 
In an attempt to keep you updated on all things PCC, we are going to be sending out email updates throughout the year with the hope of keeping you abreast of happenings at Pueblo Community College and for the Pueblo Community College Foundation.  We hope that you will contact us to become involved with the PCC Foundation and our efforts to lend support to Pueblo Community College.  Your support of our Foundation will insure even greater support to the administration, staff and students at one of our four campuses including Pueblo, Fremont, Durango and Mancos.
As always, we thank you for your support of Pueblo Community College and the Pueblo Community College Foundation and we wish you a bountiful 2015!
Martha Simmons
Executive Director
PCC Foundation

PCC News
2014 A Banner Year for PCC
From the Pueblo Chieftain - December 25, 2014


In 2014, Pueblo Community College launched several programs, received awards, remodeled facilities and reinvented its automotive program.


The top stories came from all of PCC's campuses.


School officials said the a giant highlight for 2014 came in May when PCC expanded its partnership with St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, where it launched its Surgical Technology program. PCC's Medical Assistant program was given space there, and other health programs have access to a nearby SMC house that PCC uses to conduct emergency operations training. That partnership was selected by the Colorado Department of Higher Education as one of the state's top eight initiatives in the Colorado Completes campaign for innovation.

The school also was named a national finalist to receive the Bellwether Award for innovative programs. It was nominated for its development of a fleet of seven mobile learning labs, with three of them developed in 2014 at PCC's Southwest Colorado Community College site in Mancos.

School officials said a remodeling of PCC's Fremont Campus rearranged current space for greater utilization and also created a Testing Center. Later in the year, a Student Commons addition project began.


The college is part of a consortium that was awarded $24.9 million from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand offerings in advanced manufacturing.


In February, PCC's Associated Student Government opened a Panther Student Pantry that enables needy students to pick out free non-perishable and personal hygiene items each week.


PCC was awarded $750,000 in incentive funds by the Colorado Department of Higher Education for leading the state in remedial retention rate improvement.


Earlier this month PCC's Automotive Technology program developed a partnership with Snap-on Tools that will raise the program's level of training and make it a certification center, making graduating students more employable.


Survivors of the USS Pueblo capture visited Michael Engle's special topics history class ("USS Pueblo") and told their stories both as a group to the class and individually to students afterward. The survivors were in Pueblo for a reunion.


In the fall, the stegosaurus structure, previously a tourist attraction at the east end of Canon City, became part of PCC's Fremont Campus, where special learning experiences will be established for visitors.


PCC's Testing Center gained national certification, and its Fremont Campus affiliate became a Pearson VUE testing site.


PCC received several grants - a $20,000 Aspire grant from AT&T to help operate the Gateway to College program, $10,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation to provide scholarships to machining students, $59,354 for the Economic & Workforce Development Division to provide OSHA safety training to health care facilities in the region, and a portion of Colorado's $500,000 grant to the National Space Grant Consortium that includes 15 other colleges.


Enrollment at PCC declined, but school officials said the numbers don't tell the full story. Enrollment numbers released in the fall indicate that as of Sept. 25, PCC was serving 5,350 students and had a full-time equivalency enrollment of 3,502.2 for the semester. That represents a reduction of 7.9 percent in FTE from last fall.


PCC President Patty Erjavec told The Pueblo Chieftain in September that the decline was anticipated.


"The redesign of the delivery of our remedial courses, coupled with a stronger economy, explains the decline in enrollment at PCC for this academic year."


Erjavec said there already are indications the shift will lead to long-term increases in retention, persistence and graduation rates.


School officials said that all state community colleges have been affected by the improving state economy, stating that if people have jobs, they tend to not attend college.
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PCCF Happenings
PCC Student Pantry Helps PCC Students In Need
A representative from Hub International delivered non-perishable food items and hygiene products to the PCC Student Pantry on Monday, January 5th.
The PCC Foundation is honored to partner with the PCC Associated Student Government and lend support to the PCC Student Pantry; a vital resource for the PCC student population at both the Pueblo and Fremont Campuses.  Thanks to support from community businesses, organizations and individuals - who donate non-perishable and hygiene products or funds to this college program - the PCC Student Pantry has serviced over 3,000 student visits since its inception in February 2014.

The PCC Foundation is working to enlist the support of local businesses and community organizations who are wishing to adopt a special project in the coming months.  Involvement is simple.  Companies and/or community organizations can work to coordinate a company-wide food drive; can place PCC Student Pantry coin canisters at check out stands or can make a monetary donation to the PCC Student Pantry.  Whatever the level of support, the PCC Foundation, PCC Associated Student Government and the PCC students in need of support will be forever in your debt. 

For information on the PCC Student Pantry, CLICK HERE.
For information on how you may become involved with the PCC Student Pantry, contact Kerstien Zabuckovic at the PCC Foundation (
Pueblo Hall of Fame to Induct Three on Friday, March 6

The Pueblo Hall of Fame will induct three individual into the ranks of civic and community leaders on Friday, March 6.


Dr. Eddie and Neta DeRose are not only passionate about Pueblo, Colorado.


Born and raised in Pueblo, Eddie attended and played football for Pueblo Junior College  in the 1950's, before graduating from Creighton University's Dental School.  Neta also attended Pueblo Junior College.


Dr. Eddie and Neta DeRose are founding members of Friends of Football, a group of local supporters who helped raise money to reinstate football, wrestling and women's track and field at CSU-Pueblo. To honor Eddie and Neta, Friends of Football decided to name the new football facility at CSU-Pueblo after them. The home for the ThunderWolves, for now and forever, is named the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl.


The couple's philanthropy is great.  They are not only benefactors to CSU-Pueblo.  The couple has given money to the local YMCA to help build a new day care center, Pueblo Community College, as well as numerous youth groups and sports teams.


Sollie Raso is a long-time educator within the Pueblo community.  Born in Denver, Raso move to Pueblo following his stint as a B-17 bombardier in WWII.


He was a teacher and coach at Central for nine years starting in 1947.  He then became  principal at Central High School for twelve years and was Director of Activities for District 60 until his retirement.


Raso served as President of the Colorado High School Activities Association in 1970-71 and received numerous honors from professional organizations. He was elected Pueblo County Commissioner in 1984 and served two terms.


The Pueblo Hall of Fame was established to honor those individuals who - by their extraordinary efforts - have contributed to the betterment or enhancement of the Pueblo community. Individuals in the community are encouraged to submit nominations between April and October each year. Proceeds from the annual event support the Pueblo Community College Foundation and its student scholar program.


Sponsorships and reservations to the March 6 event are available now.  For information on how you may become involved with this year's event, contact the Pueblo Community College Foundation at 719.549.3303. 

PCC Foundation Opens Application for 2015/16 Student Scholarships

The Pueblo Community College Foundation has supported learning for thousands of students since it was founded in 1981.  The Foundation is committed to awarding scholarships based on academic ability, special educational interests, talent and - in some cases - need.  Each scholarship that is awarded by the Foundation has it own set of guidelines for the application and selection process.

  • In 1988, the firts allocation of scholarships totaled $12,000.
  • Since 1988, approximately $3.7 million has been awarded to PCC students in scholarships.
  • The PCC Foundation has awarded an addition $11.5 million to the institution for program support.
  • This year, the Board of Directors of the Pueblo Community College Foundation has budgeted to offer $300,000 for student scholarships.

Through the PCC Foundation's scholarship program, this partnership between donors and students works to bring about positive changes to the lives of individuals, families and the Southern Colorado communities.  The goal of this specific program is to fit the desires of the benefactor with the needs of the students.

  • Eighty percent of the Pueblo Community College students receive some form of financial assistance.
  • Pueblo Community College awards $12,000,000 in student financial aid including grants and loans.

We welcome community involvement with the PCC Foundation's student scholarship program and hope that anyone who is interested in developing a student scholarship opportunity will contact the PCC Foundation for more information.   


Current or future PCC students who are interested in applying for a PCC Foundation should CLICK HERE

The Pueblo Community College Foundation would like to congratulate PCC Grant Writer Linda Tremblay on garnering a role in the upcoming production of Eleemosynary, which will be playing at the Steel City Theater Company, March 13 - March 22.  We are thrilled for Linda's theatrical debut and hope that many of the Friends of the Foundation will join with us and plan to attend one of her performances which will take place on Fridays/Saturdays, March 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm or matinee performances on Sundays, March 15 and 22 at 2:30 pm.

Tickets for these performances are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.


On behalf of the PCC Foundation, we say:  Break A Leg, Linda!!!!!

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