New child care center at RRCC

Full-day early ed site now at Lakewood campus

Staff report
Posted 10/7/21

A recent generous grant of $40,000.00 from the Buell Foundation will support the operations of the Children’s Center at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC). Established in 1998, the Children’s …

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New child care center at RRCC

Full-day early ed site now at Lakewood campus

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A recent generous grant of $40,000.00 from the Buell Foundation will support the operations of the Children’s Center at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC). Established in 1998, the Children’s Center mission is to support children as they learn about and discover their own uniqueness in a rich, caring, loving, and safe environment. “The Children’s Center staff and families are thrilled and grateful to be recipients of and be partnering with the Buell Foundation to provide the best possible early care and education to the diverse families that we serve,” says Susan Padgett, Director of the Children’s Center. 

An auxiliary program of RRCC, the Center is located inside the college’s main Lakewood campus and accepts children of the college’s students, faculty, staff, as well as the general community. The Center is a full-day early education site serving young children ages 18 months through age five, and in a typical year, maintains a daily enrollment of 54 children and serves a total of 70 families.

“The Buell Foundation clearly understands the important role that quality childcare plays in the success of students and in supporting area working families. Quality early childhood education has a life-long positive impact on our children. The Foundation is incredibly grateful for their on-going support of operations to keep quality childcare accessible for area families,” Angela King, the executive director of institutional advancement at RRCC said in a statement.

New Scholarship

Red Rocks Community College has announced the Shelby and Cody Allen Memorial Scholarship to pay tribute to the firefighting couple that tragically lost their lives to carbon monoxide poisoning at their home in Dec. 2020.

Shelby Allen, 27, and Cody Allen, 29, worked at the Central City Fire Department, where Cody served as a lieutenant and Shelby Allen volunteered as a firefighter. The annual scholarship will be awarded in the Fall of 2022 semester. A call for applications will open up mid-November via the RRCC Foundation.

“This was a tragedy for our entire community. This scholarship allows us to educate the next generation of firefighters in Cody and Shelby’s memory.”, Chief Gary Allen said.

The scholarship is being funded in its initial year by the Knox Company, a Phoenix-based company that specializes in rapid access solutions for first responders.

“Everything we design and manufacture at Knox has the purpose of increasing firefighter safety, so we were heartbroken to hear about Shelby and Cody,” said Joni Trempala, President of the Knox Company. “We believe this scholarship is a great way to honor the loss of a young couple that were dedicated to serving their community. They deserve a legacy that commemorates their passions, contributions and commitment to help others.”

Since the early 1970’s, Red Rocks Community College has offered the Fire Science program. A Fire Science Academy was launched in 1993. The program is part of the Emergency and Public Safety Department, encompassing emergency response programs, specifically Emergency Management and Planning, Emergency Medical Services, and Law Enforcement Training.

The scholarship is for students enrolled in RRCC’s Fire Science program. There is a preference for students who graduated from a high school in Gilpin or Clear Creek counties or from Nederland High School. Gifts to the fund can be made directly to the Red Rocks Community College Foundation or at www.coloradogives.org/AllenMemorial. Interested applicants can call Travis Ogburn at 303-914-6426 for additional information.

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