Grant to support RESPECT scholarships

ACC program helps English language learning students and those who need extra help with enrollment


A $20,000 grant from the PNC Foundation will support scholarships for students enrolled in the RESPECT (Readying, Educating, Supporting, Professionalizing Early Childhood Teachers) program at Arapahoe Community College.

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.

The 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 spring 2020.

“We are dedicated to building a pipeline of high-quality early childhood educators to meet the needs of our growing local community,” Courtney Loehfelm, executive director of the ACC Foundation, said in a news release. “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, 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.

Contact the ACC Early Childhood Education program at


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