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OJC Press Release ID: 2603

Friday, December 23, 2016

OJC Receives Gift to Support Scholarships

Otero Junior College is receiving $10,000 through a GE Johnson Construction Company Community Foundation gift of $250,000 to the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges and Pikes Peak Community College Foundation.  This award will provide scholarships to students at rural community colleges and create a pipeline of skilled workers for the construction industry.? 

“Workforce development, specifically the availability of a skilled trades associate degree like the one that will be available as a result of this commitment, is key for the success of the construction industry,” said Jim Johnson, CEO of GE Johnson Holding Company, GE Johnson Construction Company and GE Johnson Community Foundation.
“This partnership with the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges and the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation, most importantly, supports the community college network and the construction industry through skilled trades scholarships for the Pikes Peak Region and rural community colleges.”

"On behalf of everyone at Otero Junior College, I would like to thank Jim Johnson and the GE Johnson Construction Company Community Foundation for the generous donation to Otero Junior College,” said OJC President Jim Rizzuto. “Jim Johnson has been an invaluable leader as a member of the Colorado Community College Board and has worked tirelessly to ensure students have access to higher education no matter where they live in Colorado. We are extremely grateful to Jim Johnson for his commitment and generosity to the students who attend Otero Junior College and all of the colleges that make up the Colorado Community College System.”

Jim Johnson, a member of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, has allocated $80,000 of this gift to the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges.  The system’s rural colleges will each receive $10,000 that will be matched by Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative.

“We are grateful for this extraordinary support from Jim and GE Johnson,” said Dr. Nancy McCallin, President of the Colorado Community College System. “We strive to assure that our community colleges provide an affordable and accessible education to all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives.  The vast majority of our students are Colorado residents and, after graduation, 97 percent stay in state, becoming the workforce that powers the Colorado economy and the heart of our neighborhoods, businesses and communities.”?

Rural Colleges receiving $10,000 each include Colorado Northwestern Community College, Lamar Community College, Morgan Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Otero Junior College, Pueblo Community College, and Trinidad State Community College.

Pikes Peak Community College will receive $170,000 of GE Johnson’s gift that will establish the Jim Johnson Construction Challenge, provide scholarships to students studying career and technical education, and support strategic initiatives at the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation.


Founded in 2014, the GE Johnson Construction Community Foundation’s primary purpose is to continue GE Johnson Construction Company’s past philanthropic efforts in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond.  Since its inception in 1967, GE Johnson has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the community by supporting numerous non-profit agencies, with a focus on organizations which benefit the arts, health/human services, education, the environment and sports/recreation in the Rocky Mountain Region.
GE Johnson Construction Company was founded in Colorado Springs and is one of the premier construction firms in the Rocky Mountain and Central Regions. A leader in providing the full spectrum of integrated project delivery services, the firm specializes in complex and schedule driven projects in a variety of niches. The company has completed more than $8 billion in projects and maintains offices in: Colorado Springs, Denver, and Vail, Colorado; Casper and Jackson, Wyoming; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Otero Junior College’s mission is to provide quality higher education that is accessible, transforms lives, expands employment opportunities, enriches our communities, promotes individual and global cultural diversity, and fosters economic development.

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