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  • Colorado Higher Ed director to speak at PCC commencement

    Angie Paccione CDHE Director

    PUEBLO – Angie Paccione, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, will be the featured speaker at Pueblo Community College’s 2020 commencement on May 8.

    Paccione was appointed director of the CDHE by Gov. Jared Polis on Jan. 10, 2019, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate Education Committee on Jan. 17, 2019. 

    “As with each graduation ceremony, we remain committed to engaging a dynamic individual as our commencement speaker – in essence, as a final gift to our graduates,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec. “With more than two decades of experience in secondary and postsecondary education, the passion Dr. Paccione brings to education is sure to spill over in her address to our students.

    “While Dr. Paccione has enjoyed a very successful career, her background is similar to that of our students – a true testament to the world of possibilities. I am confident that connection will resonate as we celebrate our students’ success in May.” 

    Paccione has more than 20 years of experience in high school and college education as a teacher, coach and administrator at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora and a faculty member at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. After leaving CSU, she was elected to two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, rising to become house majority caucus chair. She served on the Education Committee throughout her tenure.

    From 2007 until her CDHE appointment, Paccione worked for Verus Global, a business consulting firm. She specialized in the areas of leadership development, diversity and inclusion, talent development and change management. 

    Paccione also co-authored two books on leadership: “One Team: 10-minute Discussions that Activate Inspired Teamwork” and “Do Big Things: The Simple Steps Teams Can Take to Mobilize Hearts and Minds and Make an Epic Impact.”

    Paccione was born and raised in New York and attended Stanford University, where she was a member of the Cardinal basketball team. She earned master’s and doctorate degrees in education and human resource studies from CSU.

    PCC’s commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in the Southwest Motors Events Center at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. 

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.