RRCC Foundation hosts golf tourney

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The Red Rocks Community College Foundation is hosting its second annual alumni and friends golf outing as way to build the college’s alumni program and raise funds for the school.

The event will be Friday, July 19, at West Woods Golf Course, 6655 Quaker St. in Arvada.

Registration will be at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a lunch buffet and awards ceremony. The cost is $125 per golfer, which includes 18 holes with a cart, range balls, a breakfast burrito, goodie bag, drink ticket and taco bar.

“The college started in 1969 but we never really developed an alumni program, so we wanted to work on setting up an outreach program,” said Ron Slinger, executive director of the foundation.

Slinger said that with sponsors including ERA, Grainger and the Rocky Mountain Education Center, the tournament offers a great opportunity to have alumni meet with possible employers and make connections, while raising money for the college at the same time.

“We sponsor a couple events with these groups a year, and have great relationships with them,” Slinger said. “We want to be able to expose our alumni to real-life opportunities.”

Carl Craig, president of ERA, which is headquartered in Golden, said the organization has been involved with Red Rocks for four years as part of the company’s effort to work with more colleges.

“As a business, we need a good workforce, and community colleges are a way to really develop that workforce,” Craig said.

ERA has hosted students from Red Rock’s engineering program so they can see the kind of work engineers can do in the post-college world, and has used college staff recommendations in its hiring process.

“The tournament is a great event, and businesses like us indirectly benefit because we will get a better workforce out of it,” Craig said. “We see a real benefit to partnering with community colleges like Red Rocks, and think businesses should really invest in education. It’s worth the money spent.”

For more information and to sign up, call 303-914-6308 or go online to www.rrcc.edu/foundation.

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