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  • PCC wins national Bellwether Award

    2018 Bellwether Award Presentation

    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College won the national Community College Futures Assembly Bellwether Award in Florida this week for one of its workforce development programs.

    The Bellwether Awards are sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida. They recognize cutting-edge, trendsetting programs that other colleges might find worth replicating. More than 1,000 programs were nominated, with just 10 finalists chosen in each of three categories. PCC has been recognized as a finalist in previous years; this is the first time it has taken top honors.

    “This award validates the valuable work we do for workforce development in our region,” said Jennifer Sherman, PCC’s dean of business and advanced technology.

    PCC was nominated in the workforce development category for its fleet of mobile learning labs, operated by the school’s corporate college. The labs allow employers to offer hands-on training for specific operations without interrupting a company's production schedule or requiring employees to travel elsewhere for instruction. The labs are particularly useful for middle-skill jobs that require some post-secondary education, but less than a four-year degree.

    Pueblo Corporate College’s Bellwether presentation, “Mobile Learning Labs (MLLs) – Paving New Pathways,” addressed the challenges of adult learners and the regional skills gap in manufacturing.

    PCC was represented in Florida by President Patty Erjavec, Sherman, Pueblo Corporate College Executive Director Amanda Corum, Colorado Community College System President Nancy McCallin and Rollie Heath, former Colorado state senate majority leader and a member of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, which governs CCCS. A recorded portion of the team’s presentation featured Kim Hunter Reed, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Jeff Shaw and Steve Wright of PEDCO, Steve Chorak of Pueblo Workforce Center, and several PCC students.

    “This is a shining example of what a high-performing team is capable of when given the opportunity to dream and then do,” said Erjavec. “I’m so proud of my PCC colleagues.”

    As a result of the Bellwether win, PCC has been asked to be a presenter at the upcoming American Association of Community Colleges annual conference.

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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.