Pikes Peak Community College students Clayton Plummer and Mindy Potts received the Entelechy Award, in recognition of outstanding achievement in advanced manufacturing.
Funded by a grant from the Richard Petritz Foundation, the award provides for a cash scholarship of $8,300 toward tuition, books and course supplies, between the two award winners.
The Entelechy Award winners were announced during a ceremony April 28 at the Country Club of Colorado, before an audience of local manufacturers. Speaking at this year’s ceremony were Tim Heaton, president of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance; Lance Bolton, president of PPCC; and Jeff Cooper, executive director of the Richard Petritz Foundation.
A selection committee of business leaders representing entrepreneurship in the manufacturing sector chose among 24 applicants for this year’s winners. Committee members were Steve Kaczmarek, Borealis Fat Bikes and PPCC Foundation vice chair; Joe Woodford, Woodford Manufacturing; Bob Cutter; semiconductor manufacturing executive; Jerry Dalferro, Dalferro Engineering; Jeff Cooper, New Venture Resources and The Petritz Foundation; and Michele Koster, PPCC department chair, advanced manufacturing and computer-aided design.
The Entelechy Award was created through a collaboration among Bolton and Cooper to provide a template for student success in American manufacturing industries.
“Workforce development in manufacturing industries must mirror the realities of globalization and automation in order to remain competitive in world markets,” Cooper said in a PPCC news release. “It requires skilled machinists, welders and CAD programmers properly organized and motivated to put customers first, wherever they may reside geographically. A long-term commitment to quality and value can best be expressed by people with the values and mindset characteristic of successful entrepreneurs: keeping one’s promises, finishing what you start, possessing the will and tenacity to solve problems and meet one’s commitments, and being accountable for results. The Entelechy Award was created to honor local manufacturing and innovation, especially with regard to design, prototyping and engineering.”
“I have long stood by the ideal of a campus of entrepreneurship,” Bolton said in the release. “This marriage of the machine trades, advanced manufacturing and innovation is the perfect catalyst for our students to achieve the breakthroughs to keep manufacturing costs and products competitive on an international market.”
PPCC’s advanced manufacturing programs provide real-world skills and hands-on learning in the skilled trades, playing a role in developing skilled workers to meet the region’s demands.
PPCC alumni are employed at regional manufacturing centers such as Bal Seal, Springs Fabrication, ConcealFab and others.