CCD Foundation Impact Newsletter | December 2021

Vol. 2, Issue 2, Dec. 2021

Boulder Creek Center of Excellence in Health and Wellness Education - Construction Update

Exciting changes are happening on the Auraria campus! Community College of Denver's new Boulder Creek Center of Excellence in Health and Wellness Education brings together diverse programs currently spread across two campuses and will facilitate and enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration. Originally built in 1974, the Boulder Creek building faces Colfax Avenue, adjacent to one of the busiest RTD bus and light rail stops in metro Denver, providing essential access for our students.

Many of CCD's healthcare education programs currently operate on the Lowry campus, approximately seven miles east of the main Auraria campus and without close and convenient access to public transportation and campus resources.

Moving many of these programs to the Boulder Creek building ensures students can use the Auraria research library, Health Center, Tivoli Student Center, on-campus tutoring, and the Child Care Center at Auraria. Once complete, this facility will feature modern classrooms, three community clinics - primary care, dental, and veterinary, as well as a teaching kitchen and state-of-the-art chemical and biological analysis center supporting health and natural science programs, undergraduate research, and innovative new programs such as a Bachelors of Applied Science in Cannabis Science and Operations and an Associates of Applied Science in Cannabis Business.

This project received state authorization for the first two phases of this building in 2021. CCD recently requested authorization for the third and final phase of the building but we still need your help. Your dollars will make a difference in this important project. In order to unlock the State funds, CCD must provide funding from reserves or donations totaling $4.4 million. Your support today can further this impact both for our students and for our state in graduating trained healthcare professionals. Your gift made before December 31 may be deductible, dollar for dollar, on your 2021 income taxes.

For naming opportunities, contact Shelley Banker, Interim Executive Director at CCD.Foundation@ccd.edu. Invest now in the future of healthcare with CCD.

Invest NOW in the Future of Healthcare at CCD

Innovative New Programs - Cannabis Industry

CCD recently launched a new Bachelor's of Applied Science in Cannabis Science and Operations and an Associate's of Applied Science in Cannabis Business. The increased legitimacy and legality of medicinal plants nationwide have created a great demand for qualified technical personnel and business owners. The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), business journal articles, and conversations with Colorado cannabis industry representatives indicate that educational institutions are not meeting industry demand. Industry leaders also express the need for increased diversity in the cannabis industry. As one of the most diverse colleges in the state of Colorado, with students from more than 40 countries, CCD's focus on equity and diversity will provide a meaningful impact on both ownership and employment in the cannabis industry. Both degree programs use federally compliant industrial hemp and are fully approved by the federal Department of Education for financial aid purposes.

The AAS in Cannabis Business (60 credits) provides graduates with the fundamental skills needed to begin a career in the cannabis industry. The program focuses on law, regulation, compliance, accounting, logistics, supply chain management, distribution, retail, and sales. The program also includes fundamental business coursework such as ethics, marketing, and social media.

The BAS in Cannabis Science and Operations (AAS degree + 60 additional credits) prepares professionals in the field of cannabis lab testing. Students will obtain a well-rounded learning experience in cannabis instrumental analysis and quality control, microbiology and food safety, extraction for production, plant botany and cultivation, and the public health benefits and risks associated with the cannabis plant.

Learn more at: ccd.edu/CannabisScience.

Gene Haas Foundation Supports Machining Students!

The Gene Haas Foundation (GHF) awarded $12,000 to the Community College of Denver Foundation in October. GHF’s primary goal is to build skills in the machining industry by providing scholarships and certifications for CNC machine technology students at CCD’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, and small personal tools that are required by the program.

Gene Haas founded Haas Automation in 1983. It grew to become one of the largest machine tool manufacturers in the world. In 1999, he founded the Gene Haas Foundation to support students entering the field of machining. Thank you Gene Haas Foundation!

Giving Tuesday and Colorado Gives Day Update

THANK YOU for your recent generosity. We raised almost $7,500 for scholarships for our students in our most recent campaign. Your gift of education will allow our students to change their lives and the lives of their families. In the last fiscal year, we raised over $660,000 in scholarship support.

Your gift makes a very real difference for our students.

Seeking New Board Members

The CCD Foundation seeks new Board Directors! We welcome your time and talent.

Please apply by contacting Shelley Banker, Interim Executive Director, at CCD.Foundation@ccd.edu.