Emily's Edge November 2020 : Emily Griffith Technical College

Emily’s Edge November 2020

Emily’s Edge November 2020

104th Anniversary

To celebrate our 104th anniversary, we are working with the Emily Griffith Foundation to provide additional support to 104 students and alumni over the next year. Please submit your requests, big and small, and we will work to fulfill them! Requests can be submitted anonymously.

Covid Update

We recognize that there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases in Denver and Colorado, which have led our city and state to increase restrictions on gatherings, etc. 

Your health and safety are our first priority. Since we have strict protocols in place, these new restrictions do not affect us at this time and we will continue our virtual and in-person classes as scheduled. 

If the situation changes and we need to adjust our class procedures, we will update you as soon as possible with changes. 

When you are on campus, please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask and use other protective gear. Please report to your instructor if you have tested positive for COVID-19, whether you are engaged in in-person or remote learning or in a hybrid format. 


It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Tom Torres, Jr., a student in our HVAC program, passed away on October 23rd, 2020 at the age of 19.

“As soon as Tom Troy Torres, also known as ‘Triple T,’ entered my HVAC class, I could see that all he wanted to do is belong and pursue a future,” says HVAC instructor Stephen Garcia. “He quickly bonded with a number of his classmates, which sprung into lasting friendships. I could see his determination and will to finish the program. The news took us all by shock. We all miss his smile and laughter in class.” 

A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 6th, 2020 at 10am at Cornerstone Baptist Church (345 S. Meade St, Denver, CO 80219). A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 6th, 2020, at 1pm at the Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery (7777 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033). 
You may share remembrances and send flowers here.


Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are fast approaching! Here are some tips from the CDC for how to celebrate as safely as possible.

  • Host/attend outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible. If hosting an outdoor event is not possible, avoid poorly ventilated spaces and increase ventilation by opening windows and doors. 
  • Host/attend activities with only people from your local area.
  • Limit the number of attendees as much as possible. 
  • Provide extra masks, hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies. 
  • Consider isolating 14 days before the gathering if it will include people outside your household. 
  • If you are traveling,
    • wear a mask in public settings,
    • stay at least 6 feet apart from anyone who is not from your household,
    • wash your hands often and
    • avoid contact with anyone who is sick. 
  • Get your flu vaccine!

Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Break: November 23rd – 27th

Winter Break: December 18th – January 3rd


Governor Polis authorized a one-time $375 stimulus payment for Coloradans who earn less than $52,000 a year and have filed for unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. If you qualify, y ou do not have to do anything, the payment will be made automatically and payments will be processed by December 4th. Learn more here.


Student Highlight

Video Production and Editing alum, Dianne Myles was recently profiled in the Denver Business Journal! From the article:

“A love of motherhood led her to create Dope Mom Life, which started as a mommy blog to showcase the fun she was having with her family. Her passion for being in front of the camera compelled her to go to Emily Griffith Technical College to learn videography, including behind-the-scenes skills, so she could start a production company.

That first year, Myles was building both her blog and her video production company. One day, she met a client in a coffee shop in Aurora, in a part of town that was becoming gentrified. While at the shop, she learned about city resources that helped local residents in neighborhoods that were transitioning — and she wanted to help people access those resources.

Ultimately, she was inspired to merge her two companies — the blog and the video production company — to create engaging content that represents communities with an authentic voice.

‘You can’t just want to sell the community,’ Myles said of the clients she works with, adding that she interviews them as much as they interview her. ‘You have to be investing in the community.’ Myles said she incorporates anti-racism into her work and expects clients to do the same.” You can read the full article here.


November is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month

If you are dealing with food insecurity, you are not alone. We have food available in Emily’s Food Pantry available to take home. Please reach out to the Student Success team to receive information on how to pick up a bag of food. 

Or you can reach out to Food Bank of the Rockies. They are distributing more than 2 million pounds of nutritious food weekly across the region. 

Food Resource Hotline: 855-855-4626


Need Help? 

Our Student Success Coordinators are here to assist you with a wide variety of issues, including tutoring, food insecurity and more. You can call our main line at 720-423-4700 and ask to speak to a Student Success Coordinator or email us at student.success@emilygriffith.edu. 


Voting Resources 

Election Day is today! 

If you haven’t voted yet, it’s not too late! If you received a ballot in the mail but haven’t mailed it in yet, drop it off at a Ballot Drop Box. Drop Boxes are located throughout the Metro area, including in front of 1860 Lincoln Street. 

If you haven’t registered to vote, you still can! Just visit any polling place to register and vote. You have until Tuesday, November 3rd at 7pm to register and vote! There’s a temporary polling place across the street from 1860 Lincoln St, or you can find the nearest polling place to you here.


If you don’t already, please follow us on social media! We are sharing all sorts of resources, stories and photos from our students, our instructors and the community! 

Share your experiences with us! Tag us and use the hashtag #EmilyGriffith.