Longmont, Colo. – In the spirit of celebrating Front Range Community College’s 50th anniversary, several upcoming presentations will focus on 1968—the year the college first opened.

FRCC’s Boulder County campus periodically hosts Front Range Educational Discussions (FRED Talks), inviting college and community leaders to share their stories. Throughout this academic year, the FRED Talk series is focusing on speakers’ connections to—and recollections of—the year 1968.

November’s presentations will focus on the last 50 years in:

  1. Computers and the internet;
  2. Healthcare;
  3. TRiO student support programs; and
  4. Adult education.


What: FRED Talks (Front Range Educational Discussions)—Focus: 1968

When: Thursday, November 15, noon-1:00pm

Where: Front Range Community College’s Boulder County Campus

(2190 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501)

Classroom Building—Community Room

This event is free and open to the public.

Our Speakers:

Elena Sandoval-Lucero (Vice President of FRCC’s Boulder County campus)

50 Years of TRiO Programs

Federal TRiO Programs (TRiO) provide wrap around academic and student support services for students who may be first-generation, low income or have disabilities. On the 50th anniversary of TRiO programs, learn more about how they have influenced higher education today.

Ken Monks (FRCC Math Faculty)

50 Years of Bashing: The story of the 3x+1 problem

The problem that led to the idea of distributed computing — the backbone of the internet.

Dr. Peter Urffer (MD FHM) and Jason Amrich (Director of Operations) from UC Health/Longs Peak Hospital

Healthcare Time Warp – Past, Present, and Future

Fifty years of healthcare, where are we now, and where do we go from here?

Katherine Bennet (FRCC TESL Instructor)

My Journey as a Lifelong Learner

The circuitous path I took to find myself getting a Master’s in Adult Ed at 65.

For more information regarding this event, contact Deborah Craven at 303-678-3868 or Deborah.craven@frontrange.edu.

FRCC Celebrating 50 Years of Successful Lives, Strong Futures

When the college first opened its doors to students in the fall of 1968, it was as the very first campus of the new Community College of Denver—eventually called the “North Campus” of CCD. More than 1,800 students crowded into two metal buildings with a very small faculty, and just a handful of program offerings.

Things look a little different now that FRCC is the largest community college in Colorado. Today the college features:

  • Three campuses (plus several other locations for classes and labs).
  • A large selection of online courses.
  • Approximately 28,000 students.
  • More than 160 degrees and certificates.

FRCC is also the number one transfer institution for Colorado State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Northern Colorado, and other four-year colleges in the state.

This type of tremendous growth and improvement takes a lot of work. Over the last 50 years, many dedicated employees have helped make FRCC into what it is today. A lot of hard-working students have walked through our doors since 1968, striving to enrich their lives, and going on to accomplish great things. We are excited to celebrate how FRCC’s efforts have changed people’s lives and the communities we serve.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving more than 137,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. CCCS’s open access mission ensures that all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities. CCCS students save time and money with affordable tuition and fees, concurrent enrollment and guaranteed transfer to any public university in Colorado. Online courses are available via Colorado Community Colleges Online. CCCS also oversees career and technical programs in its 13 colleges, more than 160 school districts and 6 other post-secondary institutions. By partnering with business and industry, CCCS helps employers meet workforce needs and prepares students for direct entry to their chosen career pathway. The vast majority of CCCS students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97% of CCCS students stay in state becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of its neighborhoods, businesses and communities.

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