Business Student Success Stories


Bill Killen

A former pressman for the Denver metro newspapers, Bill was looking to “retool” to prepare for a second career. He came to FRCC “for obvious economic reasons” – tuition is affordable. And he could transfer courses to Regis University. He graduated from Regis University in 2009 with a degree in human resources management. While at FRCC, Bill spearheaded the organization of a Society for Human Resources Management chapter. It was an opportunity to further refine his leadership skills. He enjoys interaction with younger students, too. “It’s neat how I was received,” he says. With degree in hand, Bill is a human resources professional for a corporation.


 Olivia Gittens

Olivia’s entrepreneurial spirit blossomed at FRCC. “I’ve always had a passion for flipping houses,” she says. “I want to start my own business. I want to own businesses.” To reach her goals, Olivia enrolled at FRCC and plans to transfer to the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Thanks to the practical experience business students at FRCC get in running a laser engraver, Olivia has started a business. You & Me Giving a Helping Hand engraves ID tags for causes. Proceeds have gone to Haiti relief, Doctors Without Borders, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. A line of T-shirts is planned. “My business started as a class project,” Olivia says, “but after the semester was over, I thought I could help a lot of people. This business also is a good learning opportunity for when I start other businesses.”