Biz buzz:
CTU offers $1M military scholarship opportunity

       Through the Freedom Alliance Organization, Colorado Technical University (CTU) President Greg Mitchell Feb. 7 this week announced the presentation of $1 million in full-tuition scholarships to children who are the dependents of an active-duty service member who died or was permanently disabled in the line of duty, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA.
       Mitchell challenged all other universities and colleges nationwide to do the same and “support the children of these heroes” through means of scholarships or donations toward higher education. Together Freedom Alliance and CTU will be focusing on a nationwide effort by asking each school to make a pledge and raise millions of dollars in scholarships for our fallen soldiers' children.
       “Thirty-three percent of CTU's full-time academic staff is military veterans,” Mitchell added. “Many of these professors have taught at the Air Force Academy. Four of our 10 board of directors rank colonel or higher. Three of our four academic deans and our VP of education are military veterans. Over 20 percent of CTU's full time staff is retired military.”
       CTU, 4435 N. Chestnut St. is an institution of higher learning teaching applied industry programs.
       Freedom Alliance is an educational and charitable foundation dedicated to preserving the American heritage of freedom and defending U.S. sovereignty.
       For more information, call 538-0060.
       Jim Heikes, president of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, is starting a monthly “open forum roundtable,” inviting business owners, managers and employees in Old Colorado City to meet with him at breakfast.
       The opening roundtable will be at Bon Ton's restaurant, 2601 W. Colorado Ave., Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 a.m. “The (OCCA) board will review the discussions and take any appropriate action we can,” states the February issue of the OCCA newsletter.
       Willow Creek by Heritage Design recently reopened at 2510 W. Colorado Ave.
       Owned by crafter Karen Watterud, the business now offers works by local crafters and artists in addition to gifts and home décor.
       The hours are Monday to Saturday. The phone is 635-5363.

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