History of PCC Foundation


Established in 1981, the Pueblo Community College Foundation was developed as a vehicle in which to bring positive changes to  those individuals seeking a welcoming and affordable place of higher education.

The Foundation is committed to financially enhancing the overall abilities of Pueblo Community College and their efforts to provide service to the Southern Colorado community.  As such, the PCC Foundationworks to raise the funding necessary to  provide scholarship assistance for the students of Pueblo Community College and to offer financial investment in those programs of  academic excellence which  ultimately enhance Pueblo Community College.

The Pueblo Community College Foundation provides support to all of the PCC campuses including Pueblo, Fremont (Canon City) and both Southwest Colorado Community College campuses  (Cortez and Durango).

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Our Students, Our Success, Our Purpose

Pueblo Community College is committed to changing the lives and the landscape of our communities. The College works to create a climate that encourages personal and academic growth by preparing students for entry into the workforce, career advancement, or career change through certificate and associate degree programs. Pueblo Community College takes great pride in its efforts to prepare its students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions by providing transfer degrees, courses, and services.

The Pueblo Community College Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) entity. As such, tax-deductible gifts of cash, securities, personal and/or real property and in-kind gifts are welcomed.  All donations received are used to achieve the stated mission of the Foundation, which is to support student scholar programs and programs of academic excellence at Pueblo Community College.

Although Pueblo Community College is a state-supported institution, the Pueblo Community College Foundation is totally funded by contributions from individuals, businesses, community organizations and granting organizations.  We hope that as you will take the time to review information on our Foundation and consider making a financial gift to the Pueblo Community College Foundation.  Your financial investment is the key to our ultimate success!

To make a secure online donation to the Pueblo Community College Foundation, CLICK HERE!

To contact the Pueblo Community Foundation, email to

Martha Simmons, Executive Director –

or call 719.544.0677


The Pueblo Community College Foundation would like to pay tribute to Tony and Barbara Fortino for their support of our efforts to support the students and programs of Pueblo Community College. 

Tony Fortino was instrumental in organizing the Pueblo Community College Foundation in 1981.  Thanks to his stewardship of this organization; the Pueblo Community College Foundation ranks as one of the leading educational organizations in the State of Colorado.

Upon Tony’s passing, Barbara Fortino has become actively involved within the PCC Foundation and assists in the areas of student scholarships and Foundation special events.

We take this opportunity to salute Tony and Barbara Fortino for their unweavering support of Pueblo Community College and the Pueblo Community College Foundation!  Each of us who are involved with this organization work to uphold the values in supporting Pueblo Community College and those students that we seek to serve.