Moving forward by leaps and bounds….
John Marrin, President
Student Success Goal: The demands of Colorado businesses and communities shall be met through the development of a high skilled work force.
Lamar Community College hosted a Career Expo at the Wellness Center. The event was a huge success bringing over 300 students and 70 vendors to the LCC campus. The event was a success due to the help of student and staff volunteers as well as the vendors from the community.
Lamar Community College was the host site for the Regional Knowledge Bowl in February. The event took place in the Bowman building. 15 area high schools participated in the competition. Holly High School placed first in the competition which qualified them to compete at the State Knowledge Bowl Meet.
Students from Lamar area schools recently attended the 9News Health Fair hosted by the Nurses Department at Lamar High School. The booths at the fair were operated by LHS student volunteers and 30 Lamar Community College Nursing students. The LCC Nursing students operated three booths during the fair as part of the clinical training phase of their pediatric care classes. LCC Nursing Instructor Kathy Henderson assisted the nursing students during the health fair.
Student Success Goal: Colorado students shall have the opportunity to succeed through high quality, cutting-edge instruction and educational services.
Trained Lamar Community College students and staff are preparing and e-filing tax returns free of charge for eligible individuals and families on behalf of Tax Help Colorado, a partnership with the Denver-based Piton Foundation. Tax Help Colorado at LCC started January 26 and continues each Saturday through February 23. The free tax service is quick, confidential and available to families earning less than $50,000, saving them hundreds of dollars they might otherwise pay to commercial tax preparers. Lamar Community College is one of 27 free Tax Help Colorado sites. Student volunteers completed a 15-week college-accredited income tax preparation course and passed the VITA/TCE certification exam administered by the Internal Revenue Service. Last tax season the LCC Tax Help Colorado site assisted 87 taxpayers file for over $130,000 in refunds. This year the LCC Tax Help Colorado site assisted 137 taxpayers file for over $276,000 in refunds including $114,000 from the Earned Income Tax Credit (number may change slightly as outstanding tax returns are dealt with and resolved).
Operational Excellence Goal: The financial stability of the system’s institutions and the physical safety of its students shall be ensured.
College Goal Sunday was held in the Betz Technology Building on the Lamar Community College campus Sunday, February 10. Overall there were 36 guests and 16 students that filled out FAFSAs for the 2013-2014 school year. Students from LCC, La Junta, Lamar, Granada, Wiley, McClave and one student from Colorado Springs were in attendance. In addition to receiving expert help in completing the Financial Aid Applications, there was a scholarship drawing for four $250 scholarships to apply towards tuition, fees or books at LCC Fall semester 2013.
The Lamar Community College Foundation is proud to announce Clint Buringa as its Spring 2013 John E. Ketcham Memorial Scholarship recipient. Karen Ketcham presented Clint with his $1,000 scholarship. A freshman from Golden, Colorado, Clint is completing an Ag Transfer (Associate of General Studies) degree and competes on the LCC Rodeo Team in team roping (header). The scholarship seeks to honor Ketcham, a former LCC Horse Training & Management instructor and long-time rodeo coach. The award was made possible through the generous donations from friends and family, made at the time of John’s death.