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Press Release – For Immediate Release
Public Invited and No Appointment Needed: Free Style Consultations and Haircuts starting at 10:00 a.m. – Donations to Benefit Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
Pueblo, CO and Grand Junction, CO – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and the student cosmetology salons at IntelliTec College in Grand Junction and Pueblo are each raising funds for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) by holding Cut-a-Thons on Wednesday, April 27th. The public is invited to participate and donate.
In addition, all four IntelliTec College campuses are participating in month-long activities to raise money and awareness during SAAM. Students, faculty and staff are participating in the upcoming April 27th Denim Day, selling teal ribbons for donations to CCASA, and providing on-campus educational resources for sexual assault awareness and prevention.
IntelliTec Hosts 2 Cut-A-Thons to Raise Money During SAAM – Accepting Donations for “Free” Haircuts and Style Consultations
Student stylists will accept donations for all men’s and women’s free haircuts and style consultations. No appointments are needed as clients will be seen on a first come/first served basis. Proceeds raised during SAAM will benefit CCASA. Refreshments will be provided, and donors will receive a teal ribbon with their haircut.
The Pueblo campus will hold their event on Wednesday, April 27th from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Grand Junction’s campus from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
IntelliTec College’s Cosmetology Salon in Pueblo is located at 3691 Parker Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81008. The Grand Junction campus’ Cosmetology Salon is located at 2464 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
Sexual Assault and Violence Awareness is Important in our Communities
In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence occurs more frequently than most people realize. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, according to the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN).
Cosmetology Student Volunteers Experience Pride and a Greater Purpose While Helping Community Members Feel Better by Looking Better
Cosmetology program Supervisor Peggy Gunther believes community involvement plays an important role in a student’s complete education. “Students need to experience events in their own communities. Our [Cosmetology] program specializes in making people feel better, and this is just another way to do that,” says Gunther. She also believes these types of events allow students to experience a greater purpose and gives them a sense of pride and self-value. “They get to share their unique gift; the gift of the personal touch. Here they can immediately see how it feels to give,” she adds.
IntelliTec College Continues to Place a Strong Emphasis on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault Awareness at All Campuses
Kayla Harper, Business Operations Specialist at IntelliTec College says, “We felt that participating in SAAM this year would be a great way to get staff and students more involved and aware of sexual assault and violence.”
All four IntelliTec College campus locations set up tables with materials and resources about SAAM throughout the month of April. Information included local centers that provide immediate help in times of crisis. The Colleges want to ensure students know who their designated campus Title IX Coordinators are and how to contact them if they need help. School Coordinators play a critical role in ensuring that every person affected by its operations—including faculty, staff, and students—are aware of their legal rights under Title IX. Title IX prohibits sexual discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance on the basis of sex.
IntelliTec College Wears Teal to Raise Awareness about Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women
In addition to the Cut-a-Thon, all four campuses (Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction and Albuquerque, NM) kicked off fundraising events April 5th with “Teal Day.” The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) designated teal to represent its organization in 2002. Students and staff wore teal in support of SAAM and could participate all month long by purchasing and wearing teal ribbons for $1.00 as a donation to Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA). IntelliTec’s corporate office will match each campus’ donations up to $250 per campus.
Denim Day Connects Communities and Takes a Stand Against Sexual Violence
IntelliTec College campuses will participate in Denim Day on April 27th in conjunction with the Cut-A-Thon. Denim Day, held on the fourth Wednesday each April, is a symbol of solidarity. It originated after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction, stating the victim must have aided in the removal of her tight jeans; therefore, implying consent. This worldwide event helps support survivors and unites communities by taking a stand against sexual violence. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual violence and to support the work of CCASA.
By the late 1990’s advocates against sexual assault began holding events specifically during the month of April and called for a national designation. The U.S. first observed April 1, 2001 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Communities across the nation are encouraged to create activities that raise awareness and build momentum to prevent sexual violence.
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) is a membership organization promoting safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence. Colorado communities believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence. In 2014, CCASA provided training to almost 1,300 members to ensure a consistent, comprehensive and victim-centered response to sexual assault. CCASA also fulfilled over 360 requests for technical assistance regarding sexual response issues.
About IntelliTec College
IntelliTec College of Pueblo, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, allied healthcare, and personal training fields. IntelliTec College in Grand Junction, CO offers hands-on career training in the technical trades, cosmetology, and allied healthcare and dental fields. These programs award either associate degree (occupational) or professional certificates and are designed to be completed in as little as 18 months or less. IntelliTec provides a supportive learning environment with small classes sizes and caring instructors. Learn how you can improve your life with a meaningful career by requesting information at www.IntelliTec.edu or calling 800-748-2282.
Cosmetology Program Supervisor
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction
Cosmetology Program Supervisor
IntelliTec College of Pueblo
Business Operations Specialist
IntelliTec College Corporate Office