Wrap up Money Smarts Week by getting FAFSA help

The Financial Aid department will put a capper on the "Money Smarts" Week by offering students free, expert help in filling out their FAFSA forms from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 24, in the Barb Fortino Room.

Kids to learn a thing or two today about what their parent(s) do at work all day at PCCSome of our employees' kids will get a little bit of a feel about what their parents do at work all day when they attend Bring Your Children to Work Day on the Pueblo campus today (Friday, April 24). Employees who previously signed up a child to participate will be greeted with a welcome from PCC President Patty Erjavec at 8 a.m. in the Fortino Ballroom. The kids will get T-shirts, backpack, and a pencil & notebook to take notes during the day. Following the welcome, they will go on a campus tour, view informational demos, have lunch with their parent(s), and then spend some time with them at their worksites to learn what they do. This program is coordinated through our HR Dept.

Fremont Hall of Fame to receive three new members tonight during induction dinner in Canon CitySandi Allen along with Cathie and Mike Merlino will be honored Friday, April 24, at the 8th annual Fremont Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Abbey Conference Center. These three individuals have worked tirelessly on fundraising projects that have benefitted many community members. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 6:30 and the program at 7 o’clock. Call the PCC Foundation at 549-3303 for info. and ticket availability. The Fremont Hall of Fame honors individuals whose extraordinary efforts have contributed to the betterment and enhancement of Fremont and Custer counties. The new inductees were selected by the PCC Fremont Hall of Fame Steering Committee.

Hospitality Studies program has a gem of a Part-Time InstructorYou'd never know that Michele Bedard has her hands full with 4 kids (all boys), including a 1-year-old. Somehow she juggles that with being a part-time instructor in the Hospitality Studies program, where she teaches "Catering" and "Events Planning" classes while also handling some of the load for Conference Services. Her love for what she is doing carries forward into her positive attitude, efficiency and dedicated work ethic, which caused her to be honored recently with a Part-Time Instructor of the Month award for the Business & Advanced Technology Division. She was presented with a certificate of appreciation and PCC travel coffee mug. Pictured here with her husband of two years, Ben Bedard (left) and John Jakeman, both instructors in the Culinary Arts program, Michele is a 2012 PCC grad who is in her fifth semester of teaching part time at PCC.

Iron Chef competition Saturday morning to test Culinary Arts students' ability under fireOur Culinary Arts program will conduct an Iron Chef competition this Saturday, April 25, in Pueblo Joe’s, and it will consist of matches of two teams of students who will be given ingredients and will have one hour to prepare a meal. The action will begin at 10:30 a.m., and Dennis Trujillo Johnson will preside over the proceedings. The judges' winner is expected to be declared sometime around noon or so based on taste & flavor, presentation & plating, and originality of each appetizer, soup, salad, entrée & dessert. The winning team will earn the distinction of being declared the Kim Tuttle Memorial Iron Chef Competition champion, named after a PCC Culinary Arts program graduate. Everyone is invited to attend.

Unique, new summer class aimed at helping graduating high school seniors learn about STEM careersPCC is giving graduating high school seniors a unique opportunity to learn about some of the most financially rewarding careers today. PCC will conduct a STEM Boot Camp that will consist of a three-credit “Science & Society” class (SCI 105) featuring several instructors who are experts in their respective fields in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which comprise the STEM acronym. The class will meet 9-11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting June 1 and ending July 22. Enrollment is limited to 20 qualifying students, and 50% of the tuition will be paid. Students will learn about career options and the career pathways in which students can start at PCC and transfer seamlessly into a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. For info, call (719) 549-3125 or e-mail Joey.Mathews@pueblocc.edu.

PCC Library looking for work-study employees starting with the summer semester With 2 long-time student employees graduating soon from PCC, our Library is looking for new work-study employees. Students who will be taking a minimum of 6 credit hours during the summer semester and who qualify for work-study employment are urged to consider applying and joining the great, friendly staff there. There is an opportunity for summer employment and beyond. You can find the application on the PCC website under Student Life / Student Employment.

Tickets now available for Culinary Arts program's Grand Buffet extravaganza on Sunday, May 3The Culinary Arts program is sure to deliver another outstanding food feast on Sunday, May 3, when the 17th annual Grand Buffet takes place in the Fortino Ballroom. Once again, there will be two serving times -- 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Some excellent blues and jazz music will help provide a pleasant experience. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and they are now available either by visiting the GPA Dining Room or calling 549-3326. Seating is limited and advanced purchase of tickets is suggested.

Notes• Mini-seminars - Friday's mini-seminars in the Career & Transfer Center are Job Search Strategies at 9:30 a.m. and Résumé Development at 3:30 p.m. These are free and open to all PCC students.
• GPA Dining - The GPA Dining Room is a full-service lunch restaurant open to students, faculty, staff, instructors and community members from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Quote for the Day

"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." ~ Eric Hoffer