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Causes: Education, Two-Year Colleges

Mission: The mission of the Pueblo Community College Foundation is to provide funding to Pueblo Community College and its students through Foundation approved fund raising activities for student scholarships and special needs identified by the College.

Results: Established in 1981, the Pueblo Community College Foundation was developed as a vehicle in which to bring positive changes to those individuals seeking a welcoming and affordable place of higher education. The Foundation is committed to financially enhancing the overall abilities of Pueblo Community College and their efforts to provide service to the Southern Colorado community. As such, the PCC Foundationworks to raise the funding necessary to provide scholarship assistance for the students of Pueblo Community College and to offer financial investment in those programs of academic excellence which ultimately enhance Pueblo Community College. The Pueblo Community College Foundation provides support to all of the PCC campuses including Pueblo, Fremont (Canon City) and both Southwest Colorado Community College campuses (Cortez and Durango). Our Students, Our Success, Our Purpose Pueblo Community College is committed to changing the lives and the landscape of our communities. The College works to create a climate that encourages personal and academic growth by preparing students for entry into the workforce, career advancement, or career change through certificate and associate degree programs. Pueblo Community College takes great pride in its efforts to prepare its students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions by providing transfer degrees, courses, and services. The Pueblo Community College Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) entity. As such, tax-deductible gifts of cash, securities, personal and/or real property and in-kind gifts are welcomed. All donations received are used to achieve the stated mission of the Foundation, which is to support student scholar programs and programs of academic excellence at Pueblo Community College. Although Pueblo Community College is a state-supported institution, the Pueblo Community College Foundation is totally funded by contributions from individuals, businesses, community organizations and granting organizations. We hope that as you will take the time to review information on our Foundation and consider making a financial gift to the Pueblo Community College Foundation. Your financial investment is the key to our ultimate success!

Target demographics: Those seeking higher education at any of the four campuses of Pueblo Community College and to provide resources so that these students will succeed in obtain certifications and/or degrees.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 students with direct scholarship support and countless other students via our funding which supports programs of academic excellence.

Geographic areas served: Southern Colorado including Pueblo, Canon City, Durango, Mancos and Cortez; the four campuses of Pueblo Community College.

Programs: Student Scholarships Student Support Services including providing funding to assist those students who are financially struggling while enrolled in school (human welfare grant assistance and enrollment within the PCC Panther Student Pantry).

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ernest M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pueblo Community College Foundation is so important, to not only the Pueblo Community College, but to the community. As a past volunteer I have had the opportunity to witness the extensive altruism of those involved, a template for the community of selflessness and dedication to a cause. I have learned to "Pay it forward" as well as the rewards involved in giving to others. I have become a strong advocate of higher Education learned from my involvement with the Foundation. One of the major highlights of my college experience was selection as a Student Speaker for the Pueblo Community College Foundation Donor Appreciation dinner. It was a true honor to address so many that have done so much for the advancement of education by providing students with support for their academic dreams. It showed me the importance of support for the community.
As a former scholar I have experienced firsthand what a difference their help can make in a pursuit of an education. The housing market went south about the same time I fell in love with the woman of my dreams. Construction opportunities changed for me; I soon learned that some facets of construction are limited by age. The physical aspect of working an entry level job was really not an option. Then my fiancée encouraged me to look beyond what I was used to and try to discover a new beginning. Her encouragement led me to Pueblo Community College (PCC) and enrollment in the 2012 -2013 school year and a decision to immerse myself in the college experience and go full time by cutting expenses and establishing a new lifestyle. Thus, my fiancé and I suspended our plans to marry until I graduated; we tightened our belts and jumped feet first. From the first day of classes I rode my bicycle from Pueblo West to PCC, a sixteen-mile trip one way; a ride I made every day for two years, back and forth, in all types of weather: record heat over 100 degrees, wind, rain, smoke as well as temperatures cold enough to freeze the water in my bottle. My tenacity came from knowing that this is a commitment that had the support of not only my fiancé and myself, but with the financial assistance of a scholarship, it showed me that there were people in the community who shared and supported my dream. Support that helped me to keep my goal in sight and with endless encouragement, I carried on.
Finally as a former student work/study for the foundation I had the opportunity to see how their help can affect the lives of students. Be it a scholarship to help a young mother to afford daycare or financial assistance to afford gas to attend school. I witnessed what is the best in people by meeting both donors and scholars and how a community can come together to help each other grow. I learned we need people to lead by example and I strived continually to do so, graduating from Pueblo Community College with an Associate of General Studies degree in Computer Information Systems and a 3.83 GPA. I am a non-traditional student at the age of 54, yet I am so proud to see how I have influenced those around me. I will be graduating to Colorado State University-Pueblo this spring in Computer Information Systems with every intention of working as a Computer Systems Analyst in the future. Accomplishing this will be testament to the American dream, demonstrating by example that it is alive and well; proving that with hard work and dedication dreams can still come true.
The Pueblo Community College Foundation allowed me to focus on my goal of a degree and to take classes that enhanced that goal. I was able to obtain the resources I needed to succeed and to make a dream come true.