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The Community College of Aurora honored a longtime educator and CCA supporter and advanced the college’s mission to be the college where every student succeeds with the dedication of the Lore Isa Wiggins Advising and Career Center on Tuesday.
Longtime CCA supporter Bill Wiggins donated $335,000 for the construction of the center, named after his late wife.
Bill and Lore Wiggins supported CCA since its inception and Bill is an original member of the Community College of Aurora Foundation Board. Lore Isa Wiggins taught French at Gateway High School for 20 years and served as a substitute teacher in the area for another 10 years after she retired.
During the dedication, CCA President Betsy Oudenhoven highlighted how important the Wiggins have been to CCA and the magnitude of the gift to the college.
“[Bill] got this started with this incredibly generous donation to the college. He’s had such a long friendship and association with this institution. Lore was a passionate, talented and dedicated educator,” Oudenhoven said. “We are so glad that we could honor her.”
The Lore Isa Wiggins Advising and Career Center renovated a section of the Administration Building on the CentreTech campus. Now when students enter the Administration Building, one of the first things they will see is the Lore Isa Wiggins Advising and Career Center.
Since the Advising and Career Center is so prominent, it emphasizes the need for CCA students to meet with an advisor when they enroll and continue to meet with an advisor during their time at CCA.
The renovated space includes a waiting room for students, private meeting rooms for advisors and students, and additional space for student support departments.
“These are the offices that bring students into the institution and help them to stay here and be successful,” Oudenhoven said. “What we wanted to do with advising, in particular, is really elevate the importance of advising for our students because they need advising throughout their time here.”
CCA Foundation Board President Michael Hanley said the college is proud to be associated with Bill Wiggins and thankful for his contribution.
“One of the great things about being on the board is you get to work with really good civic-minded folks, people who give and give back to the community and I don’t know if there has been a better example of that than this particular gift,” Hanley said. “We are about supporting students’ success and this is a really important piece of that and it is really great that it is here.”
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About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and Denver, Colorado. The college offers courses on two campuses, online and through its high school concurrent-enrollment program, helping students prepare for employment or transfer to a four-year institution. For more information, visit www.ccaurora.edu.