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W ig hxt a ci te m at e nn i this is forPueblo Community College! Weve got record enrollment thisfall, we are playing a key role in driving the economies in oureight-county service areas by producing skilled workersthrough our training and academic programs, and we havepositioned ourselves to have access to robust opportunitiesthat are beginning to be made possible through federalstimulus dollars. Lets take a quick look at these items. Our enrollment for the fall semester is literally off thecharts. As of mid-September, our full-time enrollment wasmore than 22 percent, and we are now serving close to 6,500students in our eight-county service areas across southern S JD GARVINColorado. Students are turning to PCC to get the skills theyneed to qualify for the good jobs that still exist today. PCC President You could say that the economy is the main reason for that enrollment surge, but thats only part of lethe story. Many students also are choosing to come back home to PCC because its such a huge costsavings. By attending PCC for two years, students can save about two-thirds off what it would cost to estart at a four-year school, then transfer there to pursue a bachelors degree. Another reason for our enrollment rise is the growth in our dual enrollment programs, especiallyhigh school students who are in Pueblo Early College. When it started three years ago, the Early tCollege program had 30 students. Last year it increased to 136. This fall, it has skyrocketed to 283. Id say another significant factor in our enrollment picture can be tied to improvements weve made ton campus to create a positive learning environment. Things like turning our cafeteria into a bohemiancoffee café, modernizing our library, and making our Learning Center more comfortable and student-friendly are making a difference. The word has gotten out that PCC is a cool place to hang out. Thanks to the support from community members and our alumni, we have been able to stay on thecutting edge of technology in our education delivery methods. Thats one reason why we have rexperienced an 85 percent increase in students taking online classes this fall. At the same time,contributions to our Foundation enable us to keep our academic programs current and our facilities smodern. But lets face it – our students are here first to get an education so they can get jobs. Like othercommunity colleges, PCC is able to help people acquire skills and get into the workforce quickly.Hence, our health programs are full. So are our energy maintenance, industrial technology and solarenergy classes. Students know these are where the current and future jobs are. Our Economic and Workforce Training Division is extremely busy. It has begun training employeesto work at the soon-to-open Vestas Wind Towers plant, and as many as 550 will go through ourprogram in the coming months. We have used a $2 million federal grant to produce three more mobilelearning labs and now have four that can be used to train workers on site, a novel concept. Email solicitation story We also have entered into a partnership with Pueblo Countys Department ofHousing and Human Services office to use federal stimulus grant money to will be moved hereprovide job training to unemployed and low-income workers in one of nine careerfields initially. This is an outstanding way to help people qualify for jobs in our V 2 EF 0 O I 1L0 L U S A9 MU L E S 2 Lcommunity! e ga c Y I cannot stress enough how appreciative we are of the support we havereceived from donors. Without you, we would never be able to deliver theeducational services that we do today. This support was reflected recently in thegenerous contributions by the Tom Healy and Marvin Knudson estates. The PCCfamily and its friends extend our deepest sympathies to the families of theseeducational champions and appreciate their vision and commitment to PCC. H H E EF E O ET U U N P N HR OA SE RS R T T TU publisher editor PCC FOUNDATION DIANE PORTER design & layout JESSI POSPAHALA ONES 2009 Published biannually by the Pueblo Community College Alumni & Foundation 201 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003
Cn oi mm u ty a unified body of individuals; an interacting population of various kinds of individuals; a group linked by location or common social, economic, and cultural values. EXECUTIVE BOARD Pueblo is a classic “community.” More than a President Sean McCarthy sentimental aphorism, investing in our Foundation is truly Vice President Ryan Griego an investment in yourself, your family, your community, and Secretary Kathie Bassett your country. We are all connected. Treasurer Jay Dammann The following pages in this edition of Legacy highlight the many programs and initiatives offered by your FULL BOARD SEAN McCARTHY Community College whether in Cortez, Mancos, Durango, PCC Foundation President Fremont and Custer counties, or Pueblo. We also share in Rogene Armstrong this edition the many inspirational stories of students, Carlos Baca faculty, alumni, and community members who understand the impact of investing in others, Carla Barela whether through gifts, notable achievements, or a life well lived. Why do we put forth so much Chuck Campbell Amos Cordova effort? To what end do we toil? We work to elevate our students for by doing so we elevate Jim Milam ourselves and thus we elevate our “community.” Kelly Novak-Montano Recently, Pueblo welcomed VESTAS with much fanfare (pun intended). It seems every year Marty Poole or so we are able to recruit a significant employer. Much credit is due to our elected officials as well Jack Quinn as the dedicated citizens who offer their time in the service of PEDCO. A critical partner in Robert Redwine economic development, PCC nimbly created curricula required to train and redeploy the Jack Rink Renee Rodriquez workforce, ensuring success for the employer and the newly trained employees. We are all proud Walter Schepp of PCC and the citizens of Pueblo who continually demonstrate the commitment necessary to Steve Schroeder adapt successfully in our new dynamic global economy. Jeff Shaw The College and the Foundation continue to embrace new technology as well; enrollment in Bob Silva PCC Online has increased over 241% year over year. Overall tri-campus enrollment was more Sharon L. Swerdferger than 22%! The Fremont Campus and Southwest Colorado Community College of PCC are literally Ted L. Trani Joe T. Ulibarri bursting. PCCs partnership with local school districts allows high school students the ability to John Verna simultaneously obtain an associate’s degree and their H.S. diploma at no cost to the student! A Joe Welte great product; a great value; conveniently located for our population; and marketed aggressively which has yielded the results we all desire. A highly educated citizenry ensures our communitys future well being. ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR While the financial markets suffered mightily this past year, our Foundation was able to John Gary weather the storm better than most. We realized a net loss of 24.85% (a detailed financial report is Geoffrey T. Gordon included herein for your review); meanwhile, two prestigious Ivy League Foundations lost 40% or more; Colorado Foundations on average lost 30% of their net worth during this recent market correction. Despite the headwinds we faced, the Foundation funded over $363,000 in EMERITUS scholarships this past academic year. We also allocated funds for more than $462,000 in support Warren Curtis of new programs and initiatives to serve our students. The Foundations metal has been tested, Tony Fortino and thanks to the dedication of our staff and board members we have emerged stronger and more Maxine Golenda resolute to succeed in meeting our future challenges. This year we continued to focus on streamlining our operations and reducing costs by over $200,000. Kathy McHugh executed numerous efficiencies while board member Ted Trani led an FOUNDATION STAFF effort yielding many process improvements. Our new “paperless” and much more user friendly Diane Porter, Executive Director “NEXTGEN” scholarship software has tripled the number of applicants seeking scholarship Kathy McHugh, Coordinator/Accountant assistance. Special thanks to our Scholarship Committee and Administrative Staff Member Bianca Flores, Administrative Assistant Bianca Flores. Their dedication and effort enabled us to handle the increased work load without Cheryl Baca, Work Study Student increasing costs, awarding over $186,000 in scholarships to 92 students this upcoming year! The Foundation works hard to fulfill our mission which is to provide the financial support 3 ye c necessary to enable the College to achieve its goals. Your gift, estate donation, pledge, trust orp lagga e investment will be maximized to ensure our students are able to elevate our community. While the Foundations effort is akin to running a marathon, our College and her students are perennially at a full sprint. Please consider this when you see our board members in public this year; they may appear proper and cool, but rest assured when you dont see them they too are sprinting to ensure this Foundation is able to fund the next initiative required for PCC and the community.
planned giving tips le gi eai t t ng consider a Charitable Remainder Trust t d p You can donate your rental property, continueto earn the rental income, and receive a tax r i sdeduction for the gift of property now. How youask? DIANE PORTER sv With a Charitable Remainder Trust! PCC Foundation Jack decided to bequeath a percentage of an Executive Directorapartment complex he owned to the PCCFoundation by designating the institution within hiswill. After his death, the monthly rental revenue orthe proceeds of the sale of the complex would berestricted for PCC scholarships. consider an IRA Charitable Rollover: During one of our conversations, Jack stated IRA rollovers are restoredthat since his retirement, he pays more in incometax than when he was working. He is now in hiseighties. Older Americans are once again able to contribute directly to public charities from their I told Jack there is a way that he can receive tax individual retirement accounts, thanks to aincentives by donating the apartment complex to provision in the Emergency Economic Stabilizationthe PCC Foundation now by placing it in a Trust, Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424), signed into law on Octobercontinue to earn the monthly rental revenue, and n 3, 2008. The IRA Charitable Rollover Tax (CRT)receive a tax deduction for the donation now. He Incentive, which is available through 2009, allowscan do that with a Charitable Remainder Trust individuals aged 701/2 and older to donate up to(CRT); an arrangement in which property or money $100,000 from their Individual Retirement Accountsis donated to a charity, but the donor/grantor (IRAs) and Roth IRAs to public charities withoutcontinues to use the property and/or receive having to count the distributions as taxable income.income from it while living. Jack or any of hisdesignated beneficiaries can continue to receive Personal example: Dave and Mariannethe rental income and PCC would receive the Cardinal decided that withdrawing funds from theirprincipal or the property and the rental income after IRA for personal reasons would have added to theira specified period of time or at the time of death. annual income and that amount would have been Jack would avoid any capital gains tax on the heavily taxed. However, once they learned aboutdonated assets, and he receives an income tax the CRT Incentive provisions explained above, theydeduction for the fair market value of the remainder decided the funds would be used best to helpinterest that the trust earned. In addition, the asset students with their education at PCC. Throughis removed from the estate, reducing subsequent their IRA, Dave and Marianne designated a $5,000estate taxes. It is important to note that Jack must gift toward their own Cardinal Family Scholarship, aremember that his contribution is irrevocable. He fund created years ago.cant change his mind. For more information on Charitable RemainderTrusts and how they can work for your situation,contact Diane Porter at 719.549.3303, or your CPAor Attorney. lap e a g g c e y 4 PCC donors Dave and Marianne Cardinal
providing educational access to ALL generations Kids’ College students put their newly The pulse that runs through the veins This is evident every summer at the Pueblo campus of Pueblo Community College (PCC) has a strong, with the Kids College Program. This premier series of acquired regular rhythm. It is felt as you walk through the campus classes provides over 100 different courses based on a mechanical buildings and stroll the campus grounds. It is vibrant and variety of topics and interests. In June, the campus engineering alive with activity. This pulse is the community. At PCC, pulsates as miniature college students move from class to skills to work. “community” is more than a word. Its true; PCC provides class and building to building exploring college life. The quality academic programs for individuals interested in students eat lunch at Pueblo Joes, run on the green lawns, transferring to four-year institutions. PCC also has and meet new friends. In essence, they own the campus exceptional state certified programs in our health and for five weeks every summer. But more importantly, they vocational fields. But on any given day, you will find PCC discover themselves and the importance of an education. centered on the communities it serves. It is on this Full and part-time PCC staff and faculty participate in foundation that PCC builds and provides excellent providing quality educational activities in a fun and safe academic programs that meet the needs of everyone from environment. Classes are geared toward teaching our our local employers, to our seniors, and to our most youth that learning is the foundation on which to build p k le valuable asset and community treasure—our children. success. The Culinary Arts department grooms future a ic g dg chefs with “Kids in the Kitchen.” The Automotive es department showcases how a love for cars can turn into a “M arese m career. The Math and Science Departments open the ydtaa v m g uts e y e r g ks r a h c eu,t n e l s sr d n o 2 o c e h uu l s biology and anatomy labs to assist youth in discovering the bea t t a e i e w e beo a woe s e u n b s v s t r ch t ! magic of numbers and unlocking the mysteries of science. W a r d p ei ea es i o og hwe h r fn The drama, dance, and art instructors illustrate that a y set v s em g e x t l p a o nc t leK leseo imagination is a great quality and that talent comes in o ,dC mr ye c a s ge ar. o n’ o a a f r l e i l g de k i l h t i t Sct oc cs i h m n le uwdifferent packages. e f b h gp t io l t o a a h so ree a l m e n d 5ye c PCC taps into its own talented staff and also seeksp la t o t Ivtsa i y exceptional teachers from local schools whose first love is h g . ehve e e l t ti il m cso i a n l a h sa l ef f a l bggae l e c n rhrm oi Ii ey e m b r sr m neu f uty gv m . e rom to inspire. These individuals bring expertise to the Dt r a eo i e np t v a . e t ” r i cp program. That expertise may be in kinetic energy, elements of the rainforest, or skateboarding. PCC taps the - Mrs. Vivian Griego, diverse talents within Pueblos instructional community to grandparent of repeat motivate our youth. Kids’ College student
“So mle n t m el sta e b e dt d o s ge r f t y c t se o us eh’ o r mig “I r a o T lye u h t i C P .si r e lea e eK l oI x in de g t c s gr t n l n u i eohs r e b lo ni Pm a ol n o t Cm e ti d C cg s h n Ce t vd h ho ost o t p hu w h l a e wp e n ae a t s tc ur Y r mo l ihs oo. mo t o ug I nr n lo t r a ed Cn ha P s w nl e ei l i c waK le i a s tdC a e r o t i on s n e s gg h T n’ l d o V de v T lyeoar a l eo d c lo t b cg m ng P h A i a P se n c ct r m o o aV io a ut a ui e n y ah eo x c o ee am e au .” m t t pe n r l o r t g a v i e ea g Cnl tu th l oiC h E i S. m leg Hh meo s c u g h go t yo r a o” - Jim Torres, PCC Automotive Collision - Gerald Whipple, AVEP Student Department Chair and Faculty The pulse is intensified by the collaborative themed program. Classrooms are transformed intopartnerships that have been carefully created and Ancient Egypt as campus staff are “interrogated” by 10-cultivated over the years. The Foster Grandparents year-old Canon City CSI investigators. The instructorProgram, through the Senior Resource and Development work area becomes a kitchen for the kindergartners asAgency, provides seniors who foster an intergenerational the Fremont youth also became college students for therelationship with students as they tutor in the classroom summer.and help transport them to class. Neighborhood teens The pulse of the local art community runs throughfrom the Governors Summer Youth Program and the main corridor at Fremont throughout the year. InAmerican Recovery Reinvestment Act are working as addition to the academic programs and student artclassroom assistants and key staff at the drop off and pick shows, the campus hosts dozens of local art shows,up sites. These youth are also learning responsibility, book signings, and other cultural events. Written by: Juanita S. Fuentes,accountability, and job skills. Committed Upward Bound Through collaboration, dedication, commitment Dean of Community Education & Trainingstudents and other invaluable volunteers enhance a and inspiration, Pueblo Community College is able todedicated staff that surpasses 100. Together, we provide provide top notch programs that pulse through the veins Edited by: Mrs. Tanya Gregory,an exceptional program where the welfare and enjoyment of our campuses. The strong, regular rhythm is felt GTC Curriculum Specialistof our children is top priority. throughout the heart of our communities. Its what were Contributions by: Dean Herman, Smiling faces and a job well done is only part of the all about. Fremont Campus & Jill Carithers of Southern Colorado Communitypay off. The other is being able to foster relationships with College (SCCC)students, parents, staff, and other volunteers who returnto enjoy the excitement summer after summer. Its alsowatching those same individuals at some time or anotherattend PCC to further their dreams or apply to teach in theprogram. In addition, the Southwest Colorado CommunityCollege (SCCC), a division of Pueblo CommunityCollege, hosted their first Kids College program thissummer on the East Campus in Durango, Colorado. Children grades 1st through 6th grades were invitedto come and take part in the five-day Kids CollegeProgram. There were two courses this year with plans toexpand the program offerings into multiple morning andafternoon sessions throughout the five county serviceregions. SCCC took advantage of the great outdooractivities and artistic culture that this community offers.The partnerships being built at this campus will providequality community programming for summers to come asthe pulse on the SCCC campus grows stronger. Since the Fremont Campus opened in Canon City in2001, the pulse of the community has intensified asprograms and involvement have increased significantly.One of the longest standing community programs atFremont, the Senior Mini College, celebrated its 24th yearthis past spring. During spring break each year, localsenior citizens converge on the campus. The life-longlearning program is guided by a volunteer committee andhas grown to include more than 100 non-credit classesand workshops. Over 350 participants enjoy additionalfeatures such as lunch-time speakers, field trips,resource booths and art displays. This unique programreverberates the culture of the community. Volunteersfrom Canon City and the surrounding areas offer their k ds’expertise and talents to this successful program. During the first two weeks of June, the community lap e abeat shifts from mature to youthful as the Fremont g gCampus partners with Canon City Schools to offer c e y 6SPLASh: Summer Program and Learning for AdvancedK-12 Students. More than 150 students from Fremont College
mobile labs offer hands-on education The first of three new mobile learning labs funded under the $2 million Community Based Job Training grant has been turned into a Haas CNC training facility, and the project, including an exterior wrapping, should be completed by August 2009. The entire Economic & Workforce Development staff has had a hand in the interior design under the coordination of Shawn Ahlers. The lab will have new Haas equipment and will even have a pull-down projection screen. All of the stations computers will be networked to the instructors station. Work has started on the second lab, which will be equipped for electrical systems training. The third will be for mechanical systems. Shawn Ahlers, PCC Mobile Lab Development Coordinator for pcc gears up advanced manufacturing Across Colorado, manufacturing employers forecast an on-going need not only for workers who are interested in career opportunities but who are prepared to enter the advanced manufacturing industry with the necessary high-tech skills. Through a U.S. Department of Labor grant, Pueblo Community College and its partners will address the workforce shortage by providing tiered training to build the skills for high-performance success. A multi-tiered program, this intensive training addresses the key areas of work readiness, production skill certificatio, and specialized skills development for over 450 new workers, incumbent workers and youth. Participants begin by acquiring the workplace skills employers seek and gaining insights into the important characteristics to be successful on the job. Instructor-led and self-paced programs assist participants with assessing, and building reading and math skills to progress to technical production skills training. Developing the “Industrial Athlete of the Future,” the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) is a nationally recognized training developed by industry leaders focusing on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nations production workers. This training offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have mastered the skills increasingly needed in the high-growth, technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. Certification in four keys areas are available including: Safety, Manufacturing Processes & Production, Quality & Continuous Improvement, and Maintenance Awareness. Participants who achieve all four certifications receive the nationally-acclaimed MSSC “Certified Production Technician.” After completing production skills training, participants have the option of pursuing an additional 140- hours of specialized technical skills development. Five track options are available: Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Machining, Welding, and Material Management. Through this training project, additional Mobile Learning Labs – 48 self-contained trailers – are added to PCCs delivery options with state-of-the-art technical trainers developed by PCC instructors and staff. These trainers have the capacity of providing a wide range of skill development from fundamentals to advanced trouble-shooting. Pueblo Community College has the capability of delivering these specialized technical skills training on-site at any location for employers and organizations. w Systems – featuring AC/DC, PLC, Instrumentation and Motors & Controls trainers Electrical w Mechanical Systems – featuring hydraulics and pneumatics trainers w Manufacturing – featuring industry-grade mill, lathe, and additional CNC simulators w – current trailer features Arc and GMAW stations Welding 7 ye cp lagg Skill development can continue with the options of additional customized-training targeting specificae employer goals, post-secondary education, and work experience opportunities through partner agencies. The grant-funded manufacturing training continues through March 2011. Recruitment information is available through the Pueblo Workforce Center by contacting (719) 553-4561. Employers may contact Steve Chorak directly at the Pueblo Workforce Center via email: email@example.com.
pcc students receiveKMAINL E Y F A scholarship A eW eColorado ranchers who l n aK er n n x and a d d were en abuilt a sprawling enterprise. "Andy" Kane did not have formalschooling, but Wanden had an extensive education. The couplerecognized the value of such and shared a deep and abiding lovefor the Pikes Peak region and its culture. During their lifetimes,the Kanes helped many young people finance their educationand also contributed to research related to drug and alcohol Mural artist Dave Edwardsaddiction. Before his death, Andy Kane established the KaneFamily Foundation and directed the Foundation to provide fundsfor tuition and books for eligible students. In 2009, two PuebloPCC students were the recipients of the Kane Family’sScholarship. Fn e a a a Central High School graduate, has had bm iR , ai r zhis appetite whet by the mechanical drawing and surveyingclasses that he has already taken at Pueblo Community College(PCC) and is looking forward to continuing his engineeringstudies and starting his professional career, possibly as a civilengineer. While attending Pueblo Central High School, Fabiangot a jump start on his college education credits by taking welding mural shows diversity danceand machining classes at PCC through theAdvanced Vocation Education Program.He has learned to balance his timebetween being a full-time student seekingan associate degree, working 24 hoursper week as a customer service throughrepresentative for Innotrac, and enjoyinghis infant daughter Ilyani. He pointed outthat he feels tremendously grateful at theeducational opportunity that the Kane Colorful dancers now welcome students as they enter theFamily Foundation Scholarship will Dr. Mike Davis Academic Building. Created by artist D aveprovide him. E d mural narrates the diversity of Pueblo and PCC’s d, the w a r s students by depicting different types of dance. The far left panel is a contemporary Pueblo wedding reception dance, C e a Pueblo West High School graduate, is har v iseW r ,hoping to use his leadership skills and “help others” attitude to the middle panel is the Spanish heritage of our community,become a high school teacher and coach. Chris’ leadership skills and the final panel represents the Native American influencefirst began in high school where he participated in several from the Fort Pueblo days.leadership classes and school organizations. His membershipactivities included serving as a Student Council representativeand participating in the marketing-based organization calledDECA, which he advanced to national competition as a junior.Chris also participated in TeenCERT, a community emergencyresponse team and founded a chapter of the Friends of Rachel Club, whose members perform acts of kindness and compassion in remembrance of Rachel Joy Scott, the first Columbine shootings victim. Being highly competitive, Chris participated in lacrosse and would like lap e a g g to coach the sport at the high school level. c e His motivating influences have been his y 8 grandfather, who died when Chris was 12 years old, and his younger sister, who is a talented softball player.
t m creating opportunities f o orr w o r B ie 8r t y g0 Ge E u0 a dz Pd I , n2 Ca Cu At Pueblo Community College, we are shaping connect new and prospective graduates with destinies – our own, those of our students and of employers while giving advice and teaching the southern and southwestern Colorado. skills required to be competitive in an aggressive job PCC has expanded its Dental Hygiene and environment. PCC also has expanded its transfer Assisting training programs through a mutual effort agreement with Colorado State University–Pueblo, with United Way, to provide free and low-cost dental which provides for an easy and seamless transition care for our community’s un-insured. Through the from our two-year school to the University, while United Way, our students work with local dentists to allowing other students the opportunity to earn a provide low-income patients with basic check-up, bachelors degree at PCC! Through Adams State cleaning, extraction, prevention, and diagnosis College, PCC students can earn bachelors degrees services for little or no cost. This is just another way in Elementary Education or Health Care that PCC students get real-world experience while Administration from Adams State professors who helping the communities of Colorado. instruct at the Pueblo campus. At PCC, hands-on workforce training is only a And we dont stop here…PCC gives priority to its part of our commitment to Colorado. At our Pueblo community, by customizing education to the needs Campus, PCC has expanded this promise by of those nearby. PCC expands its access to partnering with Vestas to give local students the opportunity by providing alternate means of necessary skills to be employed, and to produce a connecting with us, and to extend a friendly hand to quality product at Vestas local manufacturing plant. those who may have given up hope through our high As Colorados eyes turn toward supplementing our school drop-out retrieval program, financial aid growing energy needs through alternate sources, office, and student support services. PCC wants to PCC has responded by kick-starting a solar energy find ways around the problems that prevent access program that teaches students how to install and to opportunity – and our search continues daily! We maintain solar power panels in real-life situations. have initiated a new grant-funded program, Gateway And with energy in mind, PCCs merger with San to College (a Bill Gates award), that serves students Juan Basin Technical College is exploring training ages 17-20, who have dropped out of high school but and development in the oil and gas industries that have a desire to get back on track and earn a diploma are so important to all of Colorado. while receiving college credit. On-the-job and job-skills training is a priority in Of course, this all requires money and todays market, and we have responded by securing knowledge – the bottom-line is that separate people over $2 million to expand our Mobile Learning Labs. from opportunity. The PCC community has By providing a skilled workforce with hands-on addressed this issue as well, by expanding our hunt experience from local industry, the possibilities for for state and federal grants by hiring a professional our mutual successes are endless as students learn grant writer. PCC also has expanded its Economic the required real-world training to prepare them to and Workforce Development program by benefit themselves and their communities. committing more staff to work with local economic PCC’s commitment to the community is not just leaders to coordinate and hone PCCs ability to talk and dreams. The real-world facts are that PCC respond to changes in the workforce community. has trained over 700 real-world employees for real- This commitment has expanded into El Paso County world employers in 2004, and that number is through Pikes Peak Community College, and the expected to top 1,500 this year! PCC has expanded Pikes Peak Workforce Center, New Mexico through its already committed staff to keep informed of the the Los Alamos National Laboratories, and needs of an ever changing job market – and to southwestern Colorado through PCCs merger with provide the exact skills employers require. In fall San Juan Basin Technical College. 2009, PCC’s total FTE increased by more than 22 Pueblo Community College has never stood still. percent, and six months earlier, a record 1,012 With an eye to the future, PCC is moving forward into students graduated in May. the 21st century. Our mission has always been to For those new graduates, PCC’s commitment make opportunities – not only for our students – but 9 ye c does not stop when a diploma is placed in their for the communities for which we work and live.p lagg hands. Our Career Services Department helpsa e
se p os u utm t cs ha w Marten Pinnecoose holds one of his drawings,“The Fight Within,”that is on display at Southwest Colorado Community College. Another of his drawings,“Sometime,” hangs in the background. students grow in art It has been a while since the halls and walls of the At the end of the semester, studentsnearby college, now Southwest Colorado showcased their art pieces in one of the halls atCommunity College (SCCC), have seen an art class. SCCC. Most of the students bonded and supportedBut this summer, five students from southwest each other through the class, which helped many ofColorado decided to try their hand at an eight-week them to produce “museum quality pieces,” Kelley-crash course in basic drawing. Adjunct professor Galin said. Some students, like Jenn Fast Wolf ofDeborah Kelley-Galin, an artist who graduated from Dolores, took the art course as a requirement andthe San Francisco Art Institute and has been stepping stone to her degree in psychology. Most ofteaching subjects from art to humanities to English, what she got out of the class was the ability to honebrought her experience to teach the students. her art skills. “A drawing course such as Art 121 includes “I learned different approaches and differentdiscussions of art history, psychology, and world ways to apply media,” Fast Wolf said. “I thinkcultures, as well as time spent on creating artwork,” drawing, for me, helps me release stress. ItsKelley-Galin said. “I try to zero in on an individuals something I enjoy doing.”interests, and I try to figure out what their potential is Other students discovered a possible newand guide them in that direction.” career path after taking the class. Marten Students were required to create about 20 Pinnecoose of Ignacio returned to school to lookdrawings throughout the semester for their portfolio, into different careers. Art is one of the careers he isusing a variety of mediums ranging from pencils and considering.pens to charcoal and paint. “Its kind of hard to find work with the economy Improvement from beginning to end was like being the way it is,” he said. “Ive been encouraged“night and day, ”Kelley-Galin said. “There was really to do something like this. “An opportunity hasquite a lot of progression,” she said. “Part of that presented itself, so thats what Im doing.”progression was awakening them to the realization Pinnecoose is a self-taught artist at home,that there is more to art than making something look giving away most of his work to friends and family.like something else. Its much more of an expansive He mainly uses pencil as his medium, creatingsubject than that.” wildlife drawings. But the art course has given him The class covered typical art topics such as the courage to work with color, draw portraits andshading, lighting and textures, but Kelley-Galin put his work on display. lap2 lap e a e a g g g gencouraged her students to explore beyond that. “Im trying to explore different media, and I c e c e y 1 “A lot of the time they had a major personal y 1 eventually want to work into paintings andtransformation, realizing they are capable of creating sculptures,” he said. “Im kind of branching out.”these high-quality, sophisticated pieces of art,” she Editors Note: This article written by Kristen Plank and photo taken by Sam Green, both of the Cortez Journal, is being re-published in thissaid. issue with permission from the Cortez Journal. 0 0
S Ju e o a pursuing an associate of arts degree with s s hhar Dis BOS Ar Mu Ac A SeR D an emphasis in performing arts. He has been attending PCC for one year and plans to transfer to a four-year school and major in music and theatre. Josh enjoys PCC because of the opportunities it provides in helping students pursue their dreams. le t eh har u pf Cp e a freshman at PCC and plans to hh a r ev i r e s W t o ris t s st cn ce pd u eventually transfer to UCCS to further his studies. Chris is a proud recipient of the Kane Family Scholarship, which is a transfer scholarship and the reason why he is attending both PCC and UCCS. Chris says that career options for his future include writing, teaching, and coaching. He says he is very excited to be an ambassador for this amazing college and can’t wait to show people what PCC has to offer. D o a Bachelors of Science degree in biology ao nr iee lM holds which he received from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2008 and is enrolled at PCC pursuing an Associate of Science degree in the physical therapy assistant program. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2010 and from there attend a doctorate program for Physical Therapy in Colorado after graduation. Daniel recently relocated to Pueblo from Colorado Springs and feels that PCC’s warm environment with teachers that care about their students’ development and learning makes PCC a great choice for any student. T C in her second year as a PCC Student eosy s is a Ambassador and plans to graduate this year. Upon graduation, Tessa plans to transfer to CSU-Pueblo to complete her degree in secondary education. Tessa is always happy to assist all students and staff with any of their needs. A r is a history major and would like to minor in m yi Ha rss Top Row: Joshua Dasher, Christopher Weaver, Daniel Moore theatre. She aspires to become a high school and/or college level Front Row: Tessa Coy, Amy Harriss, Jordyn Hiner, Andrea Bowen instructor. She says that PCC has been a wonderful experience for her and is looking forward to the opportunities that await For years, the Student Ambassador team at Pueblo ahead. Community College’s Pueblo campus has helped make students aware of their higher education opportunities. This J n will complete her Associate of General Studies oirH de yr n year, a team of seven will continue this legacy by working in degree in the Fall of 2009 and then plans to transfer to CSU- local high schools and in the community to promote PCC. Pueblo to work toward her bachelor’s and master’s degree. She feels that PCC is a perfect academic environment for first-time Once they have made the transition into college, many college students because teachers and staff make students feel students become natural recruiters for PCC because they welcome and help them in any way they can. want to tell others about how impressed they are with the one-on-one attention they receive at the college and the ABis attending PCC to earn an Associate of Arts no dw r e e n a caring nature of its faculty and staff. The Pueblo Campus degree with an emphasis in secondary education. She has Student Ambassador team is selected from interested attended PCC for four semesters and really enjoys the school. candidates who feel so strongly about the choice they made She says her teachers have been great and her classes are to attend PCC that they want to encourage others to take advantage of the many opportunities the college offers. enjoyable. In the future she plans to transfer to CSU-Pueblo. e arm T he POEB BO o OR o ks 1 s a CKCS T a m e g bo p ast P a’s nt he r d S h i rt s Open 8:00am to 5:00pm a College Center, Rm 140 G i ft s 719.549.3065 1 L a i r 1 ye cp lag ga e 1
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The Pueblo plant, Life began a little tougher for Fremont Countyhowever, is the companys largest single plant investment and the student, Ji L than for most. The recent e e n n n z f , erlargest tower manufacturing facility in the world. When operating at recipient of the E.M. Christmas Scholarship spentfull capacity, it is capable of producing around 4,400 tower parts per half her life in foster care after the death of heryear. mother at age 12. Although she was the youngest of three children, Lenz was the first to graduate from The Economic & Workforce Development Division at Pueblo high school.Community College (PCC) is the focal point for the unique training Eager to continue her education and pursueprogram for Pueblo’s Vestas employees. One of the main factors for her dreams of becoming an animal control officer,this decision was PCC’s ability to provide customized and flexible Lenz enrolled at PCC at the Fremont Countytraining that meets the needs and job requirements of the company. Campus to earn her applied science and criminal Vestas officials toured PCC and met with administration prior to justice degree in 2004. Lenz said that enrolling inmaking any decisions. "Vestas management invited us to visit their PCC is one of the best decisions shes ever made.facilities in Denmark to see what they do and, at the same time, they “I wanted to improve my chances of obtaining awanted to analyze what we could do for them here at Pueblo promising career,” she said. “When I lookedCommunity College," John Vukich, Dean of the Economic & around, PCC was the best option for me - theWorkforce Development Division said. "They were assessing our location is great, it offers a work study program, theabilities and knowledge base to support the critical assignment of class sizes are small, and its affordable.”helping develop a trained workforce." In July of this year, PCC Lenz said that another benefit of her PCC education is learning from teachers with technicalinstructor Troy Bodle visited the Varde, Denmark plant and the local experience.college nearby that serves to train Vestas employees in Denmark. “I feel so blessed to be in school and learningMr. Bodle returned with a wealth of information concerning the from teachers that arent just teaching theory, butprocesses and procedures used in the Denmark facility. The gained have the first-hand experience to make what wereknowledge was applied to the customized training program in learning meaningful.”Pueblo to ensure a shared intellectual and company culture among Lenz has been so inspired by her PCC teachersVestas employees worldwide. over the past four years that shes gained some Training at PCC began September 2009, with the help of 5,000 hands-on experience of her own, volunteering forpound sub-arc welding machines that were shipped by the Vestas the Canon City Humane Shelter while also workingcorporation to PCC’s Gorsich Advanced Technology Center. at a local pet shop in Canon City. Today, LenzLincoln Electric also partnered with PCC in providing the latest continues her real-world training working as antechnology in power supplies, wire feeder, and other essential intern at the Canon City Police Department. The admitted animal lover, who owns six cats,pieces of equipment to use along with the sub arc welding machine. two tarantulas, two salamanders, three fish, oneThe sophisticated welding equipment serves as the workhorse for frog and one turtle, said she hopes to apply for athe production environment, which will produce the welded joint potential part-time position at the Canon City Animalalong the length and around the nearly 16 ft. diameter sections of the Shelter after she graduates in May. Until then, Lenztower. Vestas loaned to PCC, six Metal Inert Gas (MIG) manual continues to go to school and work, and appreciateswelding machines to be placed in the Gorsich Advanced every minute.Technology Center. The MIGs will be used in conjunction with “Attending PCC and earning the scholarship,PCCs current mobile learning lab setup for welding. Approximately has been such a blessing for me,” she said. “I feel7,500 sq. ft. of space in the Gorsich Advanced Technology Center is so wonderful that theyve chosen me. I cant wait to lap e a g gtemporarily dedicated to the Vestas training area. In addition, the graduate and fulfill my lifelong dream.” c etraining team assigned to Vestas is temporarily located in the same y 1area to ensure customer service and instructional and technicalsupport as the training programs occur over the next 9-12 months. 2
M ry commonly known as a B, more r .a v d in l L e Fremont County hall ofthree fame the “Marathon Man,” demonstrates the same qualities needed to run a marathon in his daily activities. As a charter member of the Fremont Advisory Council he worked tirelessly to obtain the transfer of land from the Department of Corrections to Pueblo Community College (PCC), then petitioned the legislature for funding to build the Fremont campus, and was instrumental in raising honors Photo:(Left to Right) Marvin Bradley, James Milam, Donald Packard the $1 million needed to help fund the construction of the campus. The Fremont campus of PCC is not the only recipient of his dedication and perseverance. Bradley served as president of the Canon City Chamber of Commerce, vice chairman for the Regional Energy Impact Committee for Fremont and Custer counties as well as the Canon City Rotary Club and Canon City Bankers Association. Bradley has run marathons in all 50 states twice and has only 18 to go to make it three times. He ran in a 100-mile endurance run in South Dakota . J s i is a native of Oklahoma, a .l ma eM M m entered the military in 1942 and retired in 1969 as a Marvin Bradley, James Milam, and Donald Packard were inducted Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. His service spanned into the Fremont Hall of Fame on May 8, 2009. Each individual was World War II , Korea and Vietnam . He attended the nominated by the community of Fremont County and/or Custer Counties University of San Francisco where he majored in and considered on the basis of contributions in the following areas: all accounting and minored in philosophy. facets of education; business and labor; arts and humanities; Fremont County has benefitted from his philanthropy; government; law; science and technology; and health and leadership as he served as chairman of the Fremont human services. County Board of Commissioners, Board of Directors Walter Schepp, a member of both the Fremont Advisory Council and of Region 13, Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments and the Southeast District of Colorado the PCC Foundation Board of Directors, introduced each inductee and Counties, Inc. Milams dedication to improving highlighted their community contributions. PCC President Dr. Garvin also education for generations to the residents of paid tribute to Bradley and Milam for being PCC Foundation visionaries. Fremont and Custer counties is demonstrated by his The Fremont Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals who, being a charter member of the Fremont Advisory by their extraordinary efforts, have contributed to the betterment or Council and his obtaining appointments to the Air enhancement of Fremont and/or Custer counties. They join previous Force Academy for student applicants. honorees, Darryl Biggerstaff and Douglas Miles who were inducted on As a charter member of Shadow Hills Golf Club April 24, 2005. and being a life member of the American Legion Post #13, VFW #4061 and Air Force Academy Athletes Association, Milam continues his involvement with the community. For all your training needs. For all your training needs. We bring the classroom to you. D Pdborn o a was nc ak l dar in Manitou Springs, Colorado and completed a tour of duty in Korea with the United States Marine Corps. ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS Packard obtained a degree in music education MECHANICAL SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS and a master’s degree in guidance and school ENGINEERING administration from Colorado State University. CONSTRUCTION His educational career includes more than two SAFETY SYSTEMS years teaching in Cripple Creek/Victor and four years as a band teacher at Salida Public School. In 1960, after moving to Canon City, Packard was hired as musical director at Canon City High School. He later became Assistant M OBILENG EARNI Principal and Principal of Washington Elementary. Packard has continued to be L hf p involved at Canon City High School, working as a m1 lf ee LAB l aa the announcer for the Tiger Football for the past Bringing o g 1 y 48 years.e c Workforcep lag ga e Retirement was not in Packard’s plans. He became involved in local politics serving two Training to 3 terms each on City Council and as Mayor of Canon City. During those years he received the 866.478.3256 www.pueblocc.edu/tec YOU! 4 Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award in 1987 and the Colorado Athletic Directors Citizen Award in 1997. Customized Training