Orientation on Thursday for new students

A New Student Orientation session for new PCC students will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday, May 28, starting in the Fortino Ballroom. Students are asked to check in by 8:45 a.m.

~ Monday is Memorial Day and all PCC campuses will be closed.

Governor Hickenlooper lauds Project ACCESS program, signs key education bill at PCCGovernor John Hickenlooper called "education the best anti-poverty program there is" during a news conference at PCC on Friday. He extolled the value of the Project ACCESS program that recently received scholarship funding from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative and the Colorado Quarterly Forum investment group. Earlier speakers had similar comments. PCC President Patty Erjavec noting that low-hanging fruit is needed for some to walk out of poverty. ACCESS partner Joe Mahoney stated that there is no solutions to poverty without education. And PCC Advising Director Mike Gage called concurrent enrollment a life saver for some families. It was concurrent enrollment that Hickenlooper directed his attendtion to soon afterward by signing HB15-1275 that enables apprenticeships and internships to be included in concurrent enrollment programs provided by local education providers. Recent graduate Andrea Larson, who has faced her share of adversities in her life, noted that students will benefit greatly from the scholarships provided by COSI and the Quarterly Forum. Friday's news conference was held in PCC's Welcome Center. In photo upper right are (from left) Rep. Daneya Esgar, Hickenlooper and Sen. Leroy Garcia who donned Panther Pride T-shirts to pose with Erjavec.

Tuesday's Health & First Responder Fair is great chance to plan your new careerStudents and community members are invited to explore employment opportunities and salary potentials and plan a career at the Health & First Responder Career that will take place 4-6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, May 26, in the Fortino Ballroom. Local healthcare-related employers will have representatives on hand to talk with attendees. There also will be academic advisors and enrollment officials on hand to get prospective students enrolled and registered for either summer or fall semester classes. For more information, call 549-32880.

Registration now underway for summer's annual Kids' College that starts in JuneThe always-popular Kids’ College will begin in June and is now registering students for its two separate schedules – one for kids in grades 1-3 (June 15-26) and the other for those in grades 4 and up (July 6-17). Kids’ College consists of a series of 1-week classes on a wide range of topics that provide both a fun and learning experience for kids. Morning and afternoon courses are available, and there is a break from noon to 1 p.m. each day. The complete class schedule can be accessed from the PCC website at www.pueblocc.edu/kidscollege. Classes have enrollment limits and are available on a first-register basis. Filled-out registration forms, which are available on the PCC website,should be submitted to the Community Education and Training Division (CETD) office, located in Room 201A of the Gorsich Advanced Technology Center. For more information, call 549-3267.

STEM Boot Camp class to provide good oversight into great career choices PCC is planning to conduct a STEM Career Fair on June 16, and persons interested in those fields can make the event more meaningful by registering for the STEM Boot Camp class that will begin June 1. It is an opportunity to learn about some of the most financially rewarding careers today. The three-credit “Science & Society” class (SCI 105) will meet 9-11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays weekly through July 22. It will feature instructors who are experts in their respective fields in the area of science, technology, engineering and math. Students will learn about career options and the pathways that can enable them to start their education at PCC and transfer seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree program at a 4-year college or university. For more information, call (719) 549-3125 or e-mail Joey.Mathews@pueblocc.edu.

Time is running out to wiggle into Summer Semester's Culinary Arts classesPCC's Culinary Arts program is offering entry-level classes during PCC's upcoming Summer Semester that will begin Monday, June 1. The main areas of the classes are production and sanitation. They will meet Monday through Friday throughout the summer and are a great way to get the basic foundation classes in the program. For information, call 549-3071 or e-mail carol.himes@pueblocc.edu

Schedule your appointment slot to give blood and help save lives in our communitySeveral appointments time slots are available on a first-book basis for the Blood Drive that the Bonfils Blood Center will conduct on the Pueblo campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, June 8, in the Bonfils van. Blood is always needed, especially in the summer months when accidents are plentiful. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 549-3035 or send an e-mail to dennis.johnson@pueblocc.edu. Donate blood and make a difference in our community by helping saves lives!

Registration now underway for PCC's summer volleyball leagueRegistration is underway for PCC's Summer Coed 4 vs 4 Intramural Volleyball league, and forms are due June 17 at the Rec Center (SC-159). There will be a captains meeting at 4 p.m. June 17. The season will run June 25 - July 30, with play each Thursday. This is free for PCC students and $20 for staff, faculty and community members. For more information, contact Kristina Lyon at 549-3363.

Notes• Relay for Life - The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraiser will run from 5 p.m. Friday, June 5, to 7 a.m. Saturday on PCC’s Pueblo campus. To get involved, e-mail stacy.reavis@cancer.org or call 719-630-4967.
• Food pantry - The Panther Student Pantry will be closed this week abut will reopen on Tuesday, June 2, in conjunction with PCC's Summer Semester starting June 1.

Quote for the Day

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key
to unlocking our potential."
~ Winston Churchill