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How Our Leaders are Making a Difference During the COVID-19 Pandemic

News Date: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Over the past five weeks, members of the Emily Griffith Technical College leadership team have been busy implementing new technologies to help students learn virtually; utilizing text communication for students to better communicate with those who may not have on-the-go access to emails; accelerating online capabilities to enroll new students, conducting registration and hosting orientation; leveling-up staff and students with the technological capacity to deliver more content, better and faster, by distributing computers to students who need them; and launching new online courses and programming including the Google IT Support Professional Certificate Program.

They have also been participating in a variety of community-focused task forces and boards to stay apprised of what is going on in Denver during the pandemic and to positively impact decisions that are made around education in Colorado.

With a mission of preparing students for today's workforce and tomorrow's opportunities – and with the goal of helping to move the Colorado economy forward – the team’s involvement on these boards and committees is of the utmost importance, especially during times of crisis and uncertainty.

As a representative of Emily Griffith, our Executive Director Stephanie Donner co-signed several letters of support alongside other statewide education leaders including a letter to the Colorado U.S. Senators and Representatives about how the crisis is impacting DACA recipients and dreamers; a letter to the Colorado Congressional Delegation requesting support in a variety of ways for students and the institutions they attend; and a letter to our senators and representatives thanking them for their support and leadership during the pandemic.

Below is a list of boards, committees and task forces the Emily Griffith Technical College leadership team is participating in to make sure they are on top of what’s currently going on and apprised of what might happen next:

Stephanie Donner, Executive Director:

  • Participating in the Colorado Emergency Council for Economic Stabilization and Growth, Policy Work Group
  • Participating in Governor Polis' Executive Committee for the COVID-19 Relief 
  • Attending weekly college presidents’ calls  

Linda Van Doren, Vice President of Education:

  • Member of Denver Workforce Development Board, standing and subcommittee on Education & Training calls with provosts
  • Member of Denver Immigrant and Refugee Stakeholders Committee

Tisha Lee, Vice President of Student Services:

  • Attending weekly meetings with DEAN (Denver Education Attainment Network, College and University Student Services Administrators)
  • Participating in CDHE COVID-19 updates to services that we are providing to students through College and University Student Services Administrators

Zach Hermsen, Vice President of Finance & Operations:

  • Attending weekly calls with CFOs from Colorado’s public two-year colleges, four-year colleges and area technical colleges to discuss financial challenges, determine how best to provide data to help size the impact of COVID-19, and substantiate the need for funding support
  • Participating in Denver Public Schools COVID Task Force calls 

Carrie Mast, Vice President of Information Technology: 

  • Orchestrated the distribution of computer and other technology to students in need, so that they can continue to learn virtually
  • Coordinating with the Colorado Department of Higher Education on all computer donations for students

Keo Frazier, Vice President of Marketing & Communication: 

  • Member of Colorado Women's Foundation Women's Relief Fund
  • Member of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Emergency Communications Committee

Higher Ed Thank You Letter

Higher Ed Coronavirus Letter