The Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges was established in 1987 as a public nonprofit organization. It originally supported the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) in securing funding not typically available to state agencies for vital capital development projects. The Foundation was instrumental in the acquisition of land and buildings at the Lowry Campus, Pikes Peak Community College and Arapahoe Community College. Those initial investments have been invaluable to the economic growth of the community.
Since 1987, the Foundation has made great strides in its mission to support the Colorado Community College System. The Foundation is working collaboratively with business, industry, community college presidents, and foundation directors, and the SBCCOE to meet the needs of students and faculty. The Foundation is also developing strategies to meet the workforce needs of the 21st century.
To provide an accessible, exceptional higher education opportunity in every community.
- To provide financial support to Colorado community college students through effective fundraising.
- To serve as advocates and raise awareness of life-long learning opportunities at Colorado community colleges for all who aspire to enrich their lives.
- To seek financial support from state, regional, and national funders to implement state of the art programs to meet workforce needs of the 21st century.
- To advance the mission, vision, goals, and objectives of the Colorado Community College System.
Board of Directors
The Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges is governed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the Foundation Board. The Chair of the SBCCOE, or another member of the State Board designated by the State Board Chair and the President of the System, and the System President serve as ex officio voting members. In addition, the System President appoints a CCCS college president for one-year renewable term to serve as a voting member of the board. The officers of the corporation consist of a Chair, a Vice Chair, Secretary, and a Treasurer. The President of the CCCS serves as President of the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges.