PPCC participated in Tax Help Colorado program

During the 2015 tax season, Pikes Peak Community College partnered with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program helping to alleviate the burden of commercial tax preparation costs. At PPCC’s free tax site, 29 IRS-certified accounting students spent 1,100 hours preparing and filing 775 returns for individuals with household incomes of less than $52,000, helping local taxpayers claim $1.6 million in state and federal refunds, a $138,000 increase from last year.

Mountain View Medical earns national recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently announced that each of the 11 primary care locations of Mountain View Medical Group has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships. This three-year, level III recognition is the highest level awarded by NCQA. To earn recognition (a two-year process), MVMG demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

PPCC receives Kaufman grant

Pikes Peak Community College received a $150,000 Kaufman Foundation Grant to spread and support entrepreneurship initiatives fostering economic growth in the Colorado Springs community. The Kansas City-based foundation, which funds education and entrepreneurship, began working with PPCC last fall when it helped introduce the Ice House Entrepreneurship program into its curriculum. This grant will further the reach of that curriculum into local businesses and organizations. Already supporting several entrepreneurship initiatives in the region, including the Center for Entrepreneurship and 1 Million Cups, PPCC will partner with organizations for a community-wide roll out of programs for entrepreneurs. Leading this effort are two Kauffman grant funded PPCC staff, Steve Imke and Sheridan Kalletta.

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Doherty automotive students competing nationally

Colorado Springs School District 11 announced Doherty High School automotive students Tyler Crist and Robert Espitia-Sanchez won the state title in the hands-on portion of the 2015 Ford/AAA Students Auto Skills Competition. They will represent the state at the National Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition in Dearborn, Mich., June 7-10. So far, Crist and Espitia-Sanchez have earned more than $60,000 in education scholarships.