The Arapahoe Community College Foundation has received a $20,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support scholarships for qualified students enrolled in the RESPECT program (Readying, Educating, Supporting, Professionalizing Early Childhood Teachers) at ACC.
The RESPECT Initiative, which launched this fall at ACC, provides an early childhood education academic pathway and strong foundation for Spanish-speaking students, English language-learning students and students who need additional support with college enrollment and the Accuplacer exam. This specialized program seeks to help students be better prepared for their career goals in early care and early childhood education. A second cohort will begin the program in the spring of 2020.
“We are dedicated to building a pipeline of high-quality early childhood educators to meet the needs of our growing local community,” said Courtney Loehfelm, executive director of the ACC Foundation. “We extend our sincere gratitude to the PNC Foundation for supporting this program and ensuring young children have qualified teachers during their most formative years.”
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.
The ACC Foundation provides financial support for the College’s students and programs, making a direct impact on the economic growth of our community through the development of an educated workforce.
Please contact the ACC Early Childhood Education program at kristin [dot] habicht [at] arapahoe [dot] edu.