"Education Is the Key to Success"



MISSION:  The mantra of Center Founder, Mrs. Pensal J. McCray, was, "Education Is the Key to Success." The mission of the Ethnic College Counseling Center, Inc. (ECCC) is to help prepare students to succeed in college.  Students as young as sixth graders are eligible for Center services. There is an annual participation fee, and parents are encouraged to attend Center activities and required to participate in fundraisers;


COLLEGE PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES:  From September to June, Center staff works with parents, mentors, tutors, and other community volunteers to help students gain admission to a college of their choosing and to anticipate and prepare them for the decisions, challenges, temptations, choices, and skills required to succeed. Center activities include:


  • Inviting speakers representing a variety of careers;


  • Tutoring and mentoring students;


  • Sponsoring Skills Workshops to improve communication, critical thinking, decision making, studying, writing and research skills, testing-taking, and social interaction.


Every first and third Saturday from September through June, Skills Workshops

are held from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at Park Hill United Methodist Church in Room 205 at 5209 Montview Boulevard (and Glencoe Street), Denver.


  • Sponsoring a biennial onsite Tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities


  • Sponsoring a biennial HBCU/HIS College Fair™. The 13-year old Fair is the oldest, largest, and most successful in the Intermountain West. It draws students from the Aurora, Denver, Cherry Creek, Colorado Springs, Jefferson County, and Westminster School Districts. The Fair convenes HBCU Recruiters, about 500 students, parents, and area school counselors and administrators in a day-long event featuring inspiring speakers, leadership exercises, and workshops on financial aid, choosing colleges, and campus survival.


SUCCESSES:  Over 3000 students have received ECCC assistance. The ECCC

has also helped over 3000 students tap into scholarships and other financial

aid to schools all over the country.  


ECCC FOUNDER:  The Late Mrs. Pensal J. McCray

PO BOX 221710     DENVER, CO 80222    
QUESTIONS: (303) 751-9731 - SCAN/EMAIL:  mccrayeccc@gmail.com