Fort Morgan, CO 10/7/2020. The Morgan Community College (MCC) Foundation received $10,100 from the Morgan County Partnership for Children & Families (MCPCF) to fund scholarships for eight students in MCC’s Early Childhood Education program.

“Morgan County Partnership for Children & Families is honored to award these scholarships with funding we received through the Buell Foundation,” stated Brittany Smith, Morgan County Partnership Coordinator. “We believe that part of ensuring children in Morgan County receive the highest quality care starts with ensuring their teachers receive high quality education of their own. We know that the courses at MCC are of the highest quality and are preparing these students with the foundational skills they need to work in the Early Childhood field and be champions for the kids in our county.”

MCC’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program offers certificates in ECE Assistant, ECE Teacher, ECE Director, and Infant/Toddler Teacher. These certificates equip students to work with young children in a variety of roles and settings. Students can also continue their education following these certifications with an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond.

Students enrolled in MCC’s ECE program are currently doing practicum work in their local communities. These experiences help the students build connections with local early childhood education centers and increase the chance that they will choose to continue working in the area after graduation.

“MCC is blessed to receive this donation from the Morgan County Partnership for Children and Families to help enhance the skills and knowledge of our students in these Early Childhood Education courses,” said Dr. Susan Hammack, MCC’s Director of Educational Initiatives. “Partnerships like this are vital to the growth and well-being of communities; we train the college students so that they can positively impact the lives of their future students and the students’ families. Our ECE program is experiencing growth as the need is great in eastern Colorado to train these future ECE teachers and directors.”

The scholarship recipients are McKenzie Jones, Kristina Marsh, Mireya Edwards, and Maria Galvan.

For more information about Morgan Community College’s early childhood education program, visit or call 970-542-3100.

Left to Right: Barbara Wacker (Faculty), McKenzie Jones, Kristina Marsh, Mireya Edwards, Brittany Smith (MCPCF Partnership Coordinator), Maria Galvan, Dr. Susan Hammack (MCC Director of Educational Initiatives), Sherri Amen (Faculty)

About the Morgan County Partnership for Children & Families:

The Morgan County Partnership for Children & Families facilitates and coordinates a cohesive, quality early childhood system through education, opportunity, resource development and collaboration with service provides supporting children and families in Morgan County. For more information, please visit