With spring events canceled due to COVID-19, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), in partnership with student leaders from the State Student Advisory Council (SSAC), briefly postponed its April 2020 Student Excellence Awards Ceremony while staff came up with a creative, virtual event that was held in early May. Through sponsorship from the Credit Union of Colorado, CCCS staff were also able to organize and deliver over eighty packages directly to student awardees that included a medallion, certificate, and backpack full of goodies.
“Though we were not able to gather in person this spring, our commitment to honor students’ achievements did not waiver,” said Joe Garcia, CCCS chancellor. “Nothing should eclipse the feelings of well-earned pride from our student awardees, and I am proud of the efforts that went into creating this meaningful and important virtual celebration.”
This year, 84 students from CCCS’s 13 colleges and two students from Aims Community College were chosen by their respective institutions for the 2020 Student Excellence Awards. Three award categories recognized and honored students for their academic accomplishments, exemplary leadership, and commitment to inclusive excellence:
This year’s Student Excellence honorees have shown true grit and determination in not only their education but also in positively shaping their community.
“This year’s Student Excellence honorees have shown true grit and determination in not only their education but also in positively shaping their community,” said Dr. Ryan Ross, CCCS associate vice chancellor for student affairs, equity, and inclusion. “It is these life experiences that will serve them well throughout the rest of their college journey and beyond.”
2020 CCCS Virtual Student Excellence Awards Honoree List by College:
Arapahoe Community College
Colorado Northwestern Community College
Community College of Aurora
Community College of Denver
Front Range Community College
Lamar Community College
Morgan Community College
Northeastern Junior College
Otero Junior College
Pikes Peak Community College
Pueblo Community College
Red Rocks Community College
Trinidad State Junior College
Aims Community College
About the Colorado Community College System
The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality 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).
About the Credit Union of Colorado
The Credit Union of Colorado has more than 80 years of experience serving members of the Colorado community. The Credit Union of Colorado supports local businesses, creates Colorado jobs, and is an important source of financial stability in the state economy. Today, more than 130,000 people, from all walks of life, enjoy the benefits of membership in the credit union that is worth over $1.53 billion in assets.
About the State Student Advisory Council
The (SSAC) is a group of elected student representatives from each of the 13 CCCS colleges that work to advocate for the growth and success of all CCCS students. SSAC has annually partnered with CCCS to host and sponsor a student award and recognition event.