Impact November 2020

Vol.1, Issue 2 Nov 2020

Farewell 2020 – and Thank You: A message from CCD Foundation Director Leah Goss

I think we will all be happy to say good-bye to 2020, right?! What a year. As hard as it’s been,  I am continually in awe of Community College of Denver (CCD) students who persist in their education in spite of the obstacles. This is due in large part to the personable environment created by dedicated faculty and staff who believe in the ability of their students to succeed.

A student I met recently told me, "I wasn’t sure college was right for me. But CCD is my new family. I feel nourished here…and I am thriving!"

During the pandemic, the CCD Foundation has become an integral part of the picture for many of our students. Whether it is a scholarship, a laptop, or cash for food, rent, or medication during these especially difficult times, we are grateful every time we can help a student achieve their dreams. Your support has made this possible – thank you!

As we say farewell to 2020, the CCD Foundation salutes our students for staying the course. And we wish you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season. 

New Grant Helps Workers Displaced by COVID-19

A $150,000 grant received by the CCD Foundation from the State of Colorado aims to guide and support individuals who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The new program, called WorkReady, assists students in exploring new career pathways and earn certificates and degrees that lead to middle-class jobs. 

WorkReady provides a success coach to help these students navigate the higher education and financial aid landscape, teach problem-solving, and instill study and time management skills. Through a combination of financial aid, scholarships, and other assistance, students accepted into the program are guaranteed a debt-free education if they complete specific steps to enroll and continue to remain in good standing.

Program director, Jamie Treadwell, explains that the students with whom she works already faced formidable obstacles in their lives before COVID-19, but the pandemic exposed and exacerbated these challenges, becoming “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”  For these individuals and their families, the holistic approach of WorkReady can become a total game-changer. 

Pets Matter at CCD

For many of us, the company of our four-legged friends has been crucial during the pandemic. We are often entertained when a co-worker’s dog barks in the background of a Zoom call, or their cat suddenly lands on their desk and blocks their view. Now, pets get their due in an innovative new program at CCD.

Students studying veterinary technology at CCD will now have the opportunity to earn while they learn in a first-in-the-country US Department of Labor Registered Veterinary Technology Apprenticeship program.  Students who earn their Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and complete the apprenticeship will be prepared to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam.

In honor of this new program, Governor Polis declared the week of November 8 as Veterinary Technician Apprenticeship Week.  You can read the full proclamation at CCD.edu/VetProclamation

The Eight Days of Giving: We Can’t Quit Now!

Just yesterday, a student told us, “I lost my job because I kept having COVID symptoms and couldn’t come to work, even though I never actually got COVID.  I have never asked anyone for help before, but I am out of options.  I can’t quit now – I want to stay in school!”

With the holidays rapidly approaching, the CCD Foundation is redoubling its efforts to get our students through the winter and into the spring semester. Our end-of-year Eight Days of Giving campaign starts on Giving Tuesday, December 1st and ends on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 8th. 

Our goal is to raise $75,000.  This is in addition to the $75,000 already raised and distributed from March through August. 

And we are already well on our way with $10,000 in contributions!

Please consider making a contribution today.  100% of every dollar donated goes directly to students.

To learn more and to give, go to CCD.edu/8Days