3CE sees successful first year

900 people helped at community multi-service center

Tammy Kranz
Director of Denver Operational Initiatives Jocelyn Hittle discusses how Colorado State University is working with partners on the redevelopment of the National Western Stock Show and Denver Coliseum site, near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Interstate 70. Faculty and administrators from CSU visited the Center for Career and Community Enrichment facility in Westminster on Aug. 14.
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Roger Penneke walked into the 3CE building last October unemployed and homeless.

“My life was upside down,” he told a crowd of a couple dozen people Aug. 14. “When I came into this program, I was lost.”

He is not lost anymore. Penneke has since found a home and is enrolled in truck driving school. He credits the staff at the Center for Career and Community Enrichment, 7117 Federal Blvd., Westminster, for this turnaround.

“The more personal attention a person has, the more they’ll have a success story,” he said.

Penneke was part of a presentation to a group of Colorado State University administrators and faculty that visited the 3CE facility on their Community Engagement Ram Tour.

The multi-service center opened in October and provides classes, workshops and numerous other services such as resume writing and job-interview-skills training for low-income residents.

The center may be small, but it has had a big impact on the community, said Don May, executive director of the Adams County Housing Authority.

“In the 10 months we’ve been operating, we’ve had 2,000 visits — 900 unique visits,” he said. “It’s a great location because there’s a huge need in this vicinity.”

The location is easily accessible from bus lines and will be near to a future FasTrack station.

The majority of clients coming into 3CE have been between the ages of 30 and39, and needed assistance with housing and job services.

“This place has been a fantastic resource for our office and constituents,” said Colin Anonsen, a staffer in Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s office. He said the office often refers people to 3CE.

3CE is looking to add ESL (English as a second language) classes in the fall. For more information on ESL classes or other services provided through 3CE, go online to .

Also during the presentation, Director of Denver Operational Initiatives Jocelyn Hittle explained how CSU is working with partners on the redevelopment of the National Western Stock Show and Denver Coliseum site, near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Interstate 70. Right now the partners are developingn a master plan for the site, which officials hope will become a business hub, offer conference and class room space, spark tourism and support equine sports medicine, among other things.

The site is within walking distance to the Adams County border and will have an impact on Adams County residents, said Jane Benavente, extension agent with the CSU Family and Consumer Science division.