FRCC Recognized for Excellent Transfer Rate and as Promising Place to Work

PPWCC_2016FRCC is one of six colleges highlighted in a new guide for colleges seeking to improve their transfer and graduation rates, and also is featured in the current issue of Diverse magazine as a promising place to work.

In developing a guide to help two- and four-year colleges improve the rate of students who transfer and graduate, the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program used data from the National Student Clearinghouse to select colleges that have a higher-than-expected completion rate for transfer students. FRCC and its partnership with Colorado State University were among the six selected. More than 30 FRCC faculty and staff were interviewed by the guide’s authors.

The six partnerships did three things consistently: Each prioritized transfer, created clear program maps to align curriculum and majors, and devised programs to advise prospective transfer students.

For Diverse magazine’s 2016 list of Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges, it reported on a study that examined the “extent to which diversity and inclusion permeates aspects (e.g., administrative structures, commitments, work environments, staffing practices) of the campuses of community and technical colleges” that are members of NISOD.

FRCC was among the nine colleges recognized.

NISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, is an organization committed to “promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.” The study was commissioned by NISOD and Diverse magazine and administered by the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State University.


Foundation Fundraising Beats Target Goal

WowThanks to your caring and generosity, the Foundation surpassed its fundraising goal by over 25 percent four months before the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

“The momentum continues,” Ryan McCoy, Foundation executive director, said. “The golf tournament was a big success. We are unveiling the new campaign described in this newsletter. In the last issue, we talked about crowdfunding—a relatively new online approach to raising money for scholarships. Crowdfunding targets younger donors who give less but give more often.”

New revenue sources like crowdfunding are important as student need increases.

“Since 2010, applications for FRCC Foundation scholarships have almost tripled,” Ryan said. “Additional funds give the Foundation the opportunity to help more students reach for their dreams. Thank you.”

Batka Donation Aims at Educating Skilled Workers for Colorado’s Manufacturing Industry

Dave and Cindy Batka, owners of Wheels Manufacturing Inc., want to build a pipeline for Colorado’s manufacturing industry by graduating skilled workers from FRCC today and tomorrow.

Half of their recent $20,000 donation to the Foundation will fund scholarships encouraging students to obtain one of the many manufacturing degrees and certificates offered by the college.

“We have two goals,” Cindy said. “The $10,000 for scholarships will benefit current students. The remaining $10,000 will establish a scholarship endowment. We hope this endowment motivates other companies and individuals to invest with us in the future of manufacturing in Colorado.”

“This generous and creative gift is very welcome and well targeted,” Ryan said. “It will not only make a difference to the 5,900 manufacturing companies in the state that are facing a shortage of skilled workers, but it also will make a difference to hardworking, deserving students seeking successful careers.”

Wheels Manufacturing Inc. is one of the world’s largest suppliers of high-quality bicycle derailleur hangers, parts, and specialty tools. The Batkas started the business in Boulder in 1988. It began as a small machine shop producing cog removal tools and chain ring spacers. Quickly it grew into a large-scale manufacturing facility producing a full line of small parts, totaling over 900 products. It is located in Louisville, about 10 miles from its original location.

Special Thanks to a Longtime Foundation Supporter

Since 2003, the Poudre Valley Region Antique Automotive Club of America has sponsored a Foundation scholarship for a student pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.

The scholarship helps a student attain the skills needed for careers in the automotive service and manufacturing industries. The club believes strongly that the scholarship supports a student who might not have an opportunity to obtain this degree without financial assistance.

The club raises funds for the scholarship at its annual Swap Meet, which features vintage cars as well as parts and accessories. The next Swap Meet will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18, at the The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland.

“We appreciate the club’s continued support,” Ryan said. “Please support the club and attend the Swap Meet in September. You will have fun, and a FRCC student will benefit.”

Tournament Raises $49,000 for Deserving Students

A day on the links will become a priceless benefit for dozens of deserving Front Range Community College students.

A total of 128 golfers enjoyed a round June 6 at The Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills in Westminster.

This 32nd annual FRCC Foundation Golf Tournament raised $49,000 for the Foundation to be used to support student success at FRCC.

A golf tournament requires plenty of planning and plenty of volunteer help. Our volunteers included Foundation board members, FRCC staff, and current scholarship recipients. Thanks to all.

Thanks, also, to sponsors: ABRA Auto Body and Glass, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Adolfson and Peterson Construction, City of Brighton, City of Westminster, Community Reach, Credit Union of Colorado, Dave and Suzanne Hoover, Double Tree by Hilton Denver-Thornton, 1STBank, Forney Industries, Hamilton & Associates, Hyland Hills, InsideOut Advising, Jean Runyon, Jeff Knight, Martin Ruffalo, Nelnet, Samson Law Firm, SilkRoad, The Avenues at Crofton Park, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Townsend Retirement Planning and Wealth Management, United Power, and Vistar Rocky Mountain.

PROMISING FUTURES: A New, Board-Driven Campaign

The Foundation board of directors has established a new scholarship campaign to help high school students who cannot afford a college education strive for a more promising future.

Board President Harold Henke knows scholarships transform lives. “They are an investment in the success of deserving students,” he said. “We need to do more. So, we’ve created a unique FRCC Foundation scholarship campaign called Promising Futures.”

Businesses and individuals can support a student from the area high school of their choice by contributing $2,500 annually for two years. The student might start at FRCC and transfer to a four-year university. Or the student might complete a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and move directly to the workforce.

“Our graduates bring their knowledge and skills to area employers and their buying power to the local economy,” Harold said. “This program will make a difference not just to one life, but to the entire community.”

Focusing on high school students who may not think they can manage the cost of attending college captivated the board, Ryan said.

“Our donors want their contributions to make a significant difference,” Ryan said. “FRCC’s Promising Futures scholarship campaign gives them a way to do just that.”

Meet Our Newest Board Members

Three new members -- Tom Cassady, Terry Dye, and Alvina Vasquez – bring financial, business, and communications experience to the board of directors.

Tom Cassady retired from Broomfield-based Ball Corporation in 2015 after 27 years with the company. He held various finance and accounting positions before being named the director of accounting systems. Before joining Ball, Tom was the finance director for the Toledo Zoological Society. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., and earned a master’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He is a Certified Management Accountant.

Terry Dye founded Dyecrest Dairy in 1970. It has been located in Fort Collins since 1984. The dairy has 1,664 milking-age animals, making it one of the largest all-registered herds in the country. Terry became intrigued with FRCC after his step-daughter-in-law enrolled and earned a scholarship from the FRCC Foundation. In 2013, he established the Dyecrest Dairy Scholarship, giving preference to his employees and their children. The scholarship also funds nontraditional students who are single mothers and students pursuing careers in technical fields at the Larimer Campus.

Alvina Vasquez, an alumna of FRCC, is the communications director for Colorado’s Strategies 360 (S360), which helps organizations with integrated, successful approaches to marketing, business strategy and public policy, and government relations, crisis management, and brand positioning. Earlier this year, Alvina was a Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 award winner. The award recognizes “40 outstanding local professionals under age 40 for their business success and community contributions.” Alvina also is a fellow in the Latino Leadership Institute Executive Program at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She began her career in Spanish language radio for Denver’s Radio Romantica and Radio Tri-Color. Before joining S360, Alvina led political advocacy and messaging efforts for the Campaign for a Strong Colorado.