When her mother moved to Pueblo, Colorado, Tabitha Hunt followed, unsure of what would come next. Though she never graduated high school, she dreamed of going to college and starting a new career that challenged her.
Her ambitions led her to Pueblo Community College, where Hunt has not only uncovered academic success but a new sense of purpose, too.
“The instructors at my school are just amazing,” said Hunt, who will graduate with an associate degree in welding this winter. “They really care about their students. You feel like you are where you should be, and you’re doing what you need to be doing.”
“I honestly don’t know where I would be without the scholarship,” she said. “It’s a huge, huge relief, and it has really enabled me to be able to actually do this—to be a college graduate at 40.”
Each year, gifts of all sizes allow us to deliver on our mission to transform students’ lives through high-quality education and training. This Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 6, we hope you consider making a donation to the Foundation that directly supports students like Tabitha.
Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is a longstanding Colorado tradition that maximizes your generosity. When you give to the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges on December 6, the Colorado Gives Fund will match a portion of your donation so your impact goes even further. Visit the Foundation’s Colorado Gives Day page to get started.
Supporting community colleges means supporting a strong economy. Around 95% of CCCS students are Colorado residents, and over 90% stay in state after graduation. What’s more, our 13 colleges teach nearly half of all resident undergraduate students of color in the state—as well as migrants, refugees, caregivers, and others who have historically been excluded from educational opportunities. By donating to the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges, you are fostering a homegrown, skilled, and diverse workforce that will keep Colorado competitive.
Colorado Gives Day is the perfect opportunity to start giving. Make sure to mark December 6 on your calendar and tag CCCS on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn when you donate. And if you are looking to make a more local impact, consider giving to CCCS colleges’ foundations, too.
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education and workforce development, delivering thousands of programs to over 125,000 students annually through 13 colleges and 35 locations across Colorado. The System’s open-access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to high quality, affordable higher education opportunities. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support to the colleges under the direction of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). Join us in changing the way Colorado goes to college www.cccs.edu.
About the Foundation For Colorado Community Colleges
Founded in 1987, the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges advances the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Colorado Community College System. Specifically, the Foundation actively seeks contributions from public and private sources to make scholarships available statewide, advance key programmatic initiatives, provide training and support for CCCS college foundations, and develop partnerships to implement state of the art programs that meet the workforce needs of the 21st century.