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Entelechy Award Honors PPCC Manufacturing Students

COLORADO SPRINGS – May 3, 2017 – Pikes Peak Community College students Clayton Plummer and Mindy Potts have received the Entelechy Award, in recognition of outstanding achievement in advanced manufacturing.

Funded by a grant from the Richard Petritz Foundation, the award provides for a cash scholarship of $8,300 toward tuition, books and course supplies, between the two award winners.

A selection committee of business leaders representing entrepreneurship in the manufacturing sector chose among 24 applicants for this year’s winners. Committee members consisted of Steve Kaczmarek (Borealis Fat Bikes and PPCC Foundation Vice Chair), Joe Woodford (Woodford Manufacturing), Bob Cutter (Semiconductor Manufacturing Executive), Jerry Dalferro (Dalferro Engineering), Jeff Cooper (New Venture Resources and The Petritz Foundation), and Michele Koster (PPCC Department Chair, Advanced Manufacturing and CAD).

The Entelechy Award serves as an enduring example of how PPCC strives to recognize student excellence where advanced manufacturing skills intersect with innovation, problem solving and character. The award was created through a collaboration among PPCC President Lance Bolton, Jeff Cooper, Executive Director of the Richard Petritz Foundation and PPCC department chairs to provide a template for student success in American manufacturing industries.

"Workforce development in manufacturing industries must mirror the realities of globalization and automation in order to remain competitive in world markets," Cooper said. "It requires skilled machinists, welders and CAD programmers properly organized and motivated to put customers first, wherever they may reside geographically. A long-term commitment to quality and value can best be expressed by people with the values and mindset characteristic of successful entrepreneurs: keeping one’s promises, finishing what you start, possessing the will and tenacity to solve problems and meet one’s commitments, and being accountable for results. The Entelechy Award was created to honor local manufacturing and innovation, especially with regard to design, prototyping and engineering.”

“I have long stood by the ideal of a campus of entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Bolton. “This marriage of the machine trades, advanced manufacturing and innovation is the perfect catalyst for our students to achieve the breakthroughs to keep manufacturing costs and products competitive on an international market.”

PPCC’s advanced manufacturing programs provide real-world skills and hands-on learning in the skilled trades, playing an important role in developing the skilled workers the region demands.

PPCC alumni are employed at regional manufacturing centers such as Bal Seal, Springs Fabrication, ConcealFab, among others.

The Entelechy Award winners were announced in a ceremony on April 28 at the Country Club of Colorado, with an audience of local manufacturers. Speaking at this year’s ceremony were Tim Heaton, President of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, Dr. Lance Bolton, President of PPCC and Jeff Cooper, Executive Director of the Richard Petritz Foundation.


Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers 158 associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education.

Our 19,000 students range from high school grads seeking transfer path to four-year schools to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce to the unemployed or under-employed looking for fresh starts in such high-paying careers as cyber security and advanced manufacturing.


The Richard Petritz Foundation, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado is a private foundation established by microelectronics and venture capital pioneer, Dr. Richard L. Petritz in 2000. The Foundation’s mission reflects both the life’s work of Dr. Petritz and the collective values of his family. Recurring themes of Richard’s life centered on innovation and entrepreneurship in technology and the arts.

Throughout his life, he held a steadfast belief in the ingenuity of people to achieve, when personal drive and intelligence were nurtured with encouragement and mentorship. He was also a strong supporter and advocate for the role of art and culture in building a diverse and economically viable community.

These principles provide the guiding philosophy of the Foundation’s pursuits: Granting in support of science, entrepreneurship and performing arts in educational and applied settings.

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