PPCC announces two new hires

Pikes Peak Community College is pleased to announce both Rodney Williams and Yolanda Lewis-Harris have joined the college.

PPCC honors vets with a weeklong celebration

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 29, 2015 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) will celebrate and honor veterans and active duty military with a series of special events from Nov. 10 - 13. All events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

NEW DATE: PPCC to host an open house at newest location

Karen Kovaly — November 19, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 19, 2015 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) has rescheduled the open house at its newest location for Wednesday, Dec. 2, 5 - 7 p.m. in the Creekside Success Center, 3850 Pony Tracks Dr., Colorado Springs, 80922 (southwest corner of North Carefree Circle and Peterson Road).

PPCC hosts Combat Paper Project to help vets reclaim their uniforms as art

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 20, 2015 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery and PPCC Military and Veterans Programs present “COMBAT PAPER: Memories in Pulp” workshops and exhibit.

PPCC ranks among the best two-year colleges for military and veterans

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Dec. 2, 2015 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) ranks 17th among the top 25 colleges in the country for military and veteran students, according to Military Times’ annual assessment survey.

PPCC Offers Free Tax Prep For Lower-Income Families

Karen Kovaly — January 21, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jan. 21, 2016 – This tax season, Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program.

Homer Wesley to Lead PPCC Enrollment Services

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Feb. 26, 2016 - Homer Wesley joins Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) as its new vice president of Enrollment Services where he will lead Career Planning and Advising, the Child Development Centers, Dean of Students and Enrollment Services. Wesley will also serve as a member of the president’s Executive Leadership Team.

PPCC Hires New Associate Dean of Humanities

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Controlled Calamity Brings Individual and Global Conflict Into Light

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

CONTROLLED CALAMITY: Calm & Violence, in which four visual artists from across the U.S., explore the volatile relationship between control, conflict and violence.

PPCC Helps Nearly 800 Local Families with Free Tax Services

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC partnered with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families

New Dean and Director of Financial Services

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Rob Hudson is appointed dean of the Business, Public Service and Social Sciences (BPS) Division and David Doe is hired as controller and director of Financial Services for Pikes Peak Community College

PPCC FST Faculty Lauded

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Fire Science Technology faculty, who also serve on the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD), were recently recognized for their accomplishments at the CSFD’s Annual Awards Banquet.

PPCC's Spring Feast Attracts Foodies, Supports Future Chefs

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Culinary Arts Department is partnering with Fran Folsom, former culinary director, Broadmoor Cooking School; Joe Coleman, founder, Blue Star Group; and the Foundation for PPCC to present the 3rd Annual Fran Folsom Culinary Arts Scholarship Dinner, April 19, 5 p.m., nosh, 121 S. Tejon St.

Peyton Manning's Foundation Grants 10k to Kids College

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation awarded Pikes Peak Community College a $10,000 grant for Kids College, a career exploration summer program designed to help at-risk middle school students persist to high school and college.

Gold Medalist Encourages PPCC Grads

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Fall 2015 graduates will learn to “Reach for Personal Best,” with Keynote Speaker Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, Olympic gold medalist and United States Olympic Committee Chief of Organizational Excellence.

PPCC Grads Encouraged to Run Their Own Race

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC’s graduating class is one of the most diverse graduating PPCC classes to date. Totaling 1,645 students, ages 16 – 69, 52 percent received a career or technical certificate while 48 percent received an associate degree.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inducts 46 Members

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Forty-six Pikes Peak Community College students were inducted into the Alpha Gamma Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society on April 24.

PPCC & Kaufman Grant Grow Entrepreneurialism

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College received a $150,000 Kaufman Foundation Grant to spread and support entrepreneurship initiatives.

The Foundation for PPCC Hires Scholarship Programs Manager

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Foundation for Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) recently hired Teresa Cantwell as its new programs manager.

Hip-Hop Artist/Food Activist Brings Musical Message to PPCC's Earth Week

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Office of Sustainability presents Earth Week: Celebrating a Culture of Sustainability, April 22 – 23, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Honor Society Fund Raiser

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC's Honor Society Employs Pig To Enliven Annual Fundraiser.

Advertising Campaign Wins Local & Regional Competition now to Nationals

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Marketing and Communication Departments "What You'll Find Will Surprise You" campaign going to National Competition in Las Vegas to comet agains campaigns from companies like Budweiser, Levi's and Coca-Cola.

Classes in Woodland Park

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

December 2, 2014 - Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is partnering with Woodland Park School District (WPSD) and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to offer college courses in Teller County.

New Executive Director and Associate Dean

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Oct. 28, 2014 – Today Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) announces Dr. Patricia Diawara will take on the role of Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Joseph Southcott will serve as Associate Dean for Math and English - College Prep Programs.

PPCC Hires New VP of Instructional Services and Dean of Math and English

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Dr. Lisa Donaldson is hired as the Vice President of Instructional Services and Jacquelyn Gaiters-Jordan is hired as the Dean of the Division of Math and English at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC).

PPCC Offers Free Tax Prep for Lower Income Families

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

This tax season, Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program

Grand Opening of PPCC’s New Military & Veterans Center of Excellence

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is celebrating the grand opening its Military & Veterans Center of Excellence with a VIP reception Feb. 6, 4:30 - 7 p.m., Centennial Campus, C Building, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Colonel David Grosso, Ft. Carson Garrison Commander; Dr. Lance Bolton, PPCC President; and Mark Giles, veteran and PPCC student body President will speak. The media is invited to attend.

Luminosity: Rendered Spaces, a fine art exhibit

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) presents “Luminosity: Rendered Spaces,” a fine art exhibit featuring the varied works of PPCC alumni at the Downtown Studio Campus Art Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. from Oct. 17 through Nov. 21. The opening reception with live music and food takes place Oct. 17, 5-7:30 p.m.

Thirteen-Year-Old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Talks Environmental Change at PPCC

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) presents an Earth Day special event that will highlight a presentation and hip-hop performance by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, (pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’), a 13 year-old indigenous environmental activist and change agent from Boulder, Colorado at PPCC’s Centennial Campus Atrium, April 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

PPCC Helps Local Families Receive More Than $1.5M in Tax Refunds

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

During the 2014 tax season, Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) partnered with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program. At PPCC’s free tax site, IRS-certified students filed 703 returns, helping local taxpayers claim more than $1,500,000 in state and federal refunds.

PPCC Instructor Named Educator of the Year

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Wes Colgan, a long time Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) adjunct instructor, has been recognized as Educator of the Year by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN).

PPCC Wins Seven Marketing & Communication Awards

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Dec. 9, 2014 – The Pikes Peak Community College Marketing & Communication Department was recently honored with seven awards for its excellence in advertising and event promotion by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the nation’s leader in educational advocacy for alumni relations, marketing, communication and fundraising.

Accounting Students Win Mayor's Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Mayor Steve Bach presented Pikes Peak Community College Accounting students with a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award on July 15 in recognition for their service in running a free tax help location for low-income residents of Colorado Springs.

Accounting Students Win Mayor's Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award 2

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Mayor Steve Bach presented Pikes Peak Community College Accounting students with a Spirit of the Springs Celebration Award on July 15 in recognition for their service in running a free tax help location for low-income residents of Colorado Springs.

PPCC Connects Local Manufacturers with Future Workforce

Pikes Peak Community College is holding an Advanced Manufacturing Forum on Oct. 2 at the Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S.

Ute Indian Prayer Trees: Presented by John Wesley Anderson

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Pikes Peak Community College with a Spirit of the Springs award today at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

PPCC Hires New Director of Grants

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Tammye Pirie, M.P.H. is hired as the Director of Grants for Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). In this role, Pirie will oversee the Grant Office and guide PPCC’s grants development and management services as they relate to the solicitations, acquisition and management of governmental funding and support from private funders, focusing on the project design, processes, training and oversight required to foster successful projects that advance the college’s strategic goals.

PPCC Nursing Students Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rates

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Nursing program has now achieved a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for three consecutive years. These pass rates indicate the high quality of professional nurses entering into our community’s workforce.

PPCC Veterans Day Celebration Focuses on Service

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC is presenting several Veterans Day events on November 11 at its Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. All events are open to the public unless noted otherwise.

Local Author Presents A Lighthearted Look At Deployment

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College will host a book signing and presentation by local Author Paul Smith for his newly released book, "The Ultimate Deployment Guidebook: Insight into the Deployed Soldier and a Guide for the First-Time Deployed" on the following dates:

PPCC Faculty & Students Talk Poverty

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC students will attend class without shoes, visit homeless shelters and food banks and create models for affordable housing as part of the PPCC Poverty Project, a college-wide initiative to highlight poverty locally and across the world. The semester-long event includes classroom curriculum, college-wide dialogue and various student and community events.

Pikes Peak Community College Adds New Foundation Board Members

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Nov. 20, 2013 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Foundation welcomes its new board members: Eric Cefus, Director of Philanthropy, Pikes Peak Community Foundation; Steve Kaczmarek, co-owner, Fatbike; Steve Rothstein, President, Colorado Springs Science Center Project; David Seigel, Executive Director, Bee Vradenburg Foundation; Andre Spencer, Superintendent, Harrison School District Two; Renee Zentz, CEO, Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs.

PPCC Wins Six Marketing & Communication Awards

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Pikes Peak Community College Marketing & Communication Department was recently honored with six awards for its excellence in advertising and event promotion by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the nation’s leader in educational advocacy for alumni relations, marketing, communication and fundraising.

Tax Help Colorado Offers Free Tax Prep Services To Lower Income Families at PPCC

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

This tax season, Pikes Peak Community College is partnering with the Denver-based Piton Foundation to provide free tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income families through the Tax Help Colorado program. Beginning Jan. 25 IRS-trained PPCC students will prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for individuals with household incomes of less than $50,000 a year.

PPCC Granted HVAC Excellence Accreditation

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program has just been awarded HVAC Excellence accreditation. PPCC is the second college in Colorado to earn accreditation and the first public school in Colorado to do so.

PPCC Wins Six Marketing & Communication Awards 2

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Pikes Peak Community College Marketing & Communication Department was recently honored with six awards for its excellence in advertising and event promotion by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the nation’s leader in educational advocacy for alumni relations, marketing, communication and fundraising.

PPCC Wins Best of Show at American Advertising Awards

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) Marketing and Communication Department won the Best of Show President’s Cup, six Gold and two Silver ADDY awards at the American Advertising Awards Gala held by the American Advertising Federation of Colorado Springs (AAFCS), on Feb. 8, 2014.

PPCC 5th Best Two-Year College for Vets

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) ranks 5th among the top two-year colleges in Military Times magazine’s Best for Vets: Colleges 2014. PPCC has ranked in the Best for Active Duty Military for 5 years in a row.

PPCC Student elected SkillsUSA National Post-Secondary President

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Multimedia Graphic Design student, Leah Rife was elected to serve as the national, post-secondary president of SkillsUSA at the 2013 national conference in Kansas City, Mo.

PPCC Launches Career Shift, A Program for those 50+

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Career Shift, a new program aimed at helping community members over 50 years old explore new or next careers is launching this spring at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) through its Extended Learning Division. The program kicks-off with an Open House on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the PPCC Downtown Studio Campus, 100 West Pikes Peak Ave. Program instructors and community partners will be available to answer questions and provide information.

Iraqi Journalist to Lecture at PPCC

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Iraqi war journalist Haider Hamza will present wartime photographs and stories at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Nov. 14, 12 - 1:30 p.m. PPCC’s Military and Veterans Programs and Student Life are hosting this presentation as part of a series of Veteran’s Day events.

Forum Brings Education and Manufacturing Community Together

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and Pikes Peak Workforce Center invite the region’s manufacturing leaders to attend the Pikes Peak Regional Manufacturing Forum, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., PPCC Centennial Campus, Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Iraqi Journalist to Lecture at PPCC 2

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Iraqi war journalist Haider Hamza will present wartime photographs and stories at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., Nov. 14, 12 - 1:30 p.m. PPCC’s Military and Veterans Programs and Student Life are hosting this presentation as part of a series of Veteran’s Day events.

PPCC Students Take Pledge on Community College Completion Day

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Phi Theta Kappa honor society students will gather to sign the Community College Completion Pledge on the State Capital building steps, 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Nov. 22, 12:00 - 2 p.m. Community college students, faculty and staff from around the state will join them.

Culinary Arts Scholarship Dinner Honors Folsom and Supports Future Chefs

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Culinary Arts Department is partnering with Fran Folsom, former culinary director, Broadmoor Cooking School; Joe Coleman, founder, Blue Star Group; and the PPCC Foundation to present the 2nd Annual Fran Folsom Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund Dinner, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., Nosh, 121 S. Tejon St. The goal of the event is to honor Folsom for her culinary endeavors while raising awareness and funding for the PPCC Culinary Arts program.

PPCC Hires New Director of eLearning

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) hires Wendy MacColl as the director of the Office of eLearning. In her new role MacColl will oversee eLearning staff as they assist faculty with online and hybrid course design, support other colleges and departments with online program development, examine the effect of technology on teaching and learning and share information across the institution about effective practices.

PPCC Hires New Dean and Associate Dean of Health & Sciences Division

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) hires Evan McHugh as the dean and Mike Madson as the associate dean of PPCC’s Health and Sciences (HS) Division.

PPCC Nursing Graduates Pinned

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC students graduating with an associate’s degree of Applied Science in Nursing will participate in a pinning ceremony on May 10, 2013.

Lt. Gov. Garcia Provides Keynote at PPCC Graduation

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia provides the keynote address at PPCC's Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, May 11, 2-5 p.m., New Life Church Auditorium

PPCC Hires New Business & Technology Associate Dean

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Rob Herndon is hired as the new Business & Technology Associate Dean at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). In his new role, Rob will support faculty and chairs of the Accounting, Business, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Networking and Computer Web Based programs.

PPCC Hires New Business & Technology Associate Dean 2

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Rob Herndon is hired as the new Business & Technology Associate Dean at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC). In his new role, Rob will support faculty and chairs of the Accounting, Business, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Networking and Computer Web Based programs.

PPCC Announces New Associate Dean and Financial Aid Director

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Maria Langley is appointed associate dean of Transfer Disciplines in the Communication, Technology, and Technical Studies Division of Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) and Ron Swartwood is hired as the director of Financial Aid.

PPCC’s Professional Development Week will Focus on Student Engagement

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is kicking off this year’s Professional Development Week with a Student Success & Retention Summit focused on student engagement.

PPCC Wins Greenie Award

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC's Office of Sustainability won a Greenie Award, beating four area schools at the Fifth Greenie Awards, April 28.

PPCC Announces New Dean & Foundation Executive Director

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Fran Hetrick is appointed dean of the Communication, Humanities and Technical Studies (CHTS) Division for Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) and Sue Moore Fenske is hired as executive director of the PPCC Foundation, the fundraising arm of the college.

PPCC Student Places at Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Aaron Kacala, Pikes Peak Community College sophomore and member of the Phi Beta Lambda Business Club, took 7th place in the "Contemporary Sports Issues" competition at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. beating out students from 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities from around the country.

PPCC Goes Green with Solar Powered Picnic Tables

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) students will power up their electronic devices celebrating the installation of solar powered picnic table charging stations, called Solar Power-Doks, on July 2, 2 p.m., Centennial Campus Courtyard.

PPCC Announces Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) has established the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) dedicated to building and cultivating a culture of robust professional development opportunities that will enhance the quality of teaching and learning at PPCC.

PPCC Student Veterans Awarded Tool Grant

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Three students in PPCC's Auto Collision Technology program win the “Hire Our Heroes Tool Grant for Veterans.”

International Honor Society Recognizes PPCC Standouts

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC Helps Low-Income Tax Payers Receive More Than $1 Million in Refunds

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

During the 2013 tax season, PPCC partnered with Denver-based Piton Foundation providing free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families through Tax Help Colorado.

PPCC Gallery Exhibit Explores Typography as Art

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Downtown Studio Art Gallery kicks off “TypographiQue,” a student/faculty exhibit exploring the art of communication, with an opening reception on July 12, 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Kyrgyzstan Delegates Learning from PPCC Vocational Program

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

A five-member delegation of Kyrgyzstan educational leaders visits PPCC's Centennial Campus.

PPCC Presents College Preparedness Session For High School Students, Families

Kevin Johnson — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) and El Pomar Foundation host the Pathways to College Readiness and Success program, Feb. 23, 8a-3p.

PPCC Welcomes Interim Executive Director of Foundation and Marketing Support Specialist

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) welcomes Phillip M. Tinsley as interim executive director of the PPCC Foundation and Karen Kovaly as marketing support specialist.

Mayor Bach Presents PPCC with Spirit of the Springs Award

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach will present Pikes Peak Community College with a Spirit of the Springs award today at the Colorado Springs Conservatory.

PPCC Hosts Financial Aid SuperBowl

Kevin Johnson — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) invites college-bound community members to College Goal Sunday, a national event helping students with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m. at PPCC’s Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., room A300.

PPCC Purchases Downtown Property

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC purchases property located at 22 N. Sierra Madre in downtown Colorado Springs located directly west of the college’s Downtown Studio Campus (DTSC).

PPCC Awarded Nearly $1 Million Endowment to Help Women

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The PPCC Foundation receives an $868,047 endowment from E. Louise Huebsch, a local elementary school teacher.

PPCC Is Back in the Theatre Production Business

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC theater students are collaborating with Springs Ensemble Theatre to perform Eugene O’Neill’s provocative play “The Rope” on April 5.

Phi Beta Lambda Wins Big

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The PPCC chapter of the Phi Beta Lambda business and computer club won awards in 10 competitions at the Colorado State Leadership Conference in Denver in early April.

PPCC Receives Machining and Electronics Training Tool

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC received a donation of a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) lathe from Bal Seal Engineering.

100 Percent Pass Rates for PPCC Students Entering Workforce

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC Nursing Program and Law Enforcement Academy have both scored 100 percent passage rates on their respective 2012 state exams.

Grant Transforms Learning at PPCC and UCCS

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

Students studying history at PPCC and UCCS will no longer learn by just listening to lectures and reading textbooks; they will learn about history by assuming the roles of historic figures with no script or set outcome.

PPCC Celebrates the Legacy of MLK

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Udall backs PPCC’s workforce plans

Monica Mendoza — February 29, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Business Journal on Jan. 17, 2013 at http://csbj.com/2013/01/17/udall-backs-ppccs-workforce-plans/ -- Reprinted by permission.

PPCC Sweeps ADDY Awards

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

PPCC's students and Marketing Dept. swept the 2013 American Advertising Federation Colorado Springs ADDY Awards winning a combined total of 26 awards.

AIR LIGHT BREATH Transforms PPCC Art Gallery

Kevin Johnson — February 29, 2016

PPCC's DTSC Art Gallery presents the opening reception for AIR LIGHT BREATH, Friday, March 8, 5-7:30 p.m.

PPCC Advisory Council Meeting Agenda

Karen Kovaly — February 29, 2016

The next meeting of the PPCC Advisory Council takes place Thursday, April 4, 3:30-5 p.m., rm. A351, Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. The public is invited to attend.

CSBJ.com: Pikes Peak and Pueblo colleges partner to train manufacturing workforce

Monica Mendoza — February 29, 2016

Putting territorial issues aside, Pikes Peak Community College and Pueblo Community College announced a partnership aimed at helping educate workers for the the manufacturing community.

PPCC Welcomes New Director of Institutional Research

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

PPCC welcomes Patricia Diawara as its new director of Institutional Research.

Debbie Sagen Joins PPCC as Director of Extended Learning

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Please join us in welcoming Debbie Sagen to Pikes Peak Community College!

Felix Lopez Joins PPCC as VP for Student Success

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Please welcome Felix Lopez to PPCC!

Devotional Realms Opens Oct. 12

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Devotional Realms, the newest show at the Downtown Studio Gallery . . .

Randy Weber, Ed.D., Joins PPCC as VP of Enrollment Services

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Randy Weber to Pikes Peak Community College!

PPCC Rolling Out Block Courses

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

PPCC embarks on new endeavor: block course work.

PPCC Student Makes Appearance on American Idol

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) student, Sean Hale, will be featured on American Idol, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, 8 p.m. on Fox 21.

PPCC Mourns Loss of Frank Montera

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College Nursing Receives National Accreditation

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

The Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Nursing Program recently earned accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), a national organization for nursing education accreditation. Of the 18 associate’s degree Registered Nurse Nursing Programs that applied for accreditation for fall 2012, PPCC is one of only 11 receiving full accreditation

PPCC Mourns Loss of Faculty Member

Colorado Springs, Colo. – March 22, 2012 - Robert Day, Ph.D, Pikes Peak Community College faculty member, died unexpectedly yesterday. He was 64.

James Kynor Joins PPCC As Associate Dean

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College President Lance Bolton, Ph.D., is proud to announce and welcome James Kynor, as the college’s . . .

PPCC contributes $323.3 million to the local community

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

New study shows community colleges in the Colorado Community College System contribute $3.01 billion to the state and local communities.

PPCC Again Named Military Friendly School

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

For the fourth year in a row, PPCC has been named a military friendly school ...

Brenda Lauer Joins PPCC as Interim VP of Administrative Services

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Please join us in welcoming Brenda Lauer to Pikes Peak Community College!

Kay McClenney Kicks-Off PPCC Student Success & Retention Summit

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

Kay McClenney, Ph.D., an influential international expert on community colleges, student success and college completion kicks-off PPCC's spring Student Success & Retention Summit as the event’s keynote speaker.

CSBJ.com: Manufacturers seeking future work force

Manufacturers seeking future work force by Monica Mendoza Michel Mouton welds during a Pikes Peak Community College class. Manufacturers are hoping there will be enough welders to fill future jobs. Sparks fly every day in Scott Mannering’s classroom. He’s readying a work force of welders and machinists — two career fields in demand among local and national manufacturers. “Trust me, they are snatching up my good students,” said Mannering, Pikes Peak Community College welding and machining technology department chair. El Paso County’s future manufacturing work force finds itself in a game of what should come first, the training or the jobs. In the 1990s, manufacturing represented 16 percent of the local economy. By 2010, the county had lost 14,300 manufacturing jobs — a 55 percent decline. Today, manufacturing represents 5 percent of the local economy. That information is not lost on the up and coming generation looking for career paths. With fewer jobs available, there are fewer students choosing the trades. “We have two or three generations who have been told manufacturing is not the future,” said Tom Neppl, CEO of Springs Fabrication. But, now as the baby boomers who grew up in the trades ready to retire, the manufacturers left in El Paso County — those who employ about 127,000 people — are worried about their future work force. A group of manufacturing CEOs and managers met this month at a Manufacturing Forum hosted by the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp., Pikes Peak Community College and the Pikes Peak Region Manufacturing Coalition. About 65 people representing 28 manufacturing companies met for the first time since 2009 to discuss the issues that face them — from the city’s personal business tax to infrastructure needs. Their biggest concern is finding skilled workers, they said. The average age in the Springs Fabrication weld shop is 50, Neppl said. “Our challenge is huge if I want to grow the business,” Neppl said. Linda Johnson, business specialist at Pikes Peak Workforce Center, said there are 37,000 unemployed people in El Paso and Teller counties. Still, the employer requests for assemblers and fabricators, machine tool setters and operators and welders are difficult to fill, she said. That mirrors national reports that 90 percent of manufacturing employers said shortage of production workers is their top work force issue. “The problem now is finding a qualified work force,” she said. “When Springs Fab calls up and says I need a welder-II and welder-III, they are hard to come by.” And what is to happen when or if manufacturing plants comes back? Twelve new companies relocated or expanded in El Paso County this year. Of those, five were manufacturing companies. PPCC is ready to respond to industry needs, said college president Lance Bolton. He took copious notes during the manufacturing forum, saying the college’s job is to provide high quality education in career and technical fields. Already the college adjusted its curriculum to teach students to use metal processing equipment such as sheers, punches and angle rolls. Industry leaders said they needed more employees trained on computer assisted design programs, and the college bought the software. This summer, the college added a new computer numerical control mill and lathe to ramp up its machining program. Mannering is doing his best to train the needed work force, even drawing in the young tech generation with a virtual welding machine that helps students learn specific welding techniques before they ever get their hands on a torch. “The virtual machine is a way to segue the students from their world to our world,” Mannering said. Inside the welding classroom on PPCC’s Centennial campus, there does not appear to be a generational gap in interest for the high-paying manufacturing jobs. More than 500 high school students from Colorado Springs and surrounding areas take courses in welding, machining, automotive and computer science through the PPCC Area Vocational Program. Some will earn an associate’s degree within one year after they graduate from high school. Alvin Troy, 20, started working in a Palmer Lake welding shop four years ago buffing tubes. Now, he’s working on his associate’s degree in welding at PPCC and said he believes he’ll have no trouble finding a job. “I love this field,” he said. “It’s awesome to know I can come to this environment and work with my hands.” He plans to get certified in structural welding. “And, that makes him extremely marketable,” Mannering said.

PPCC welcomes Sustainability Coordinator

LeeAnn Westfall has been hired as the first Sustainability Coordinator for Pikes Peak Community College. This position was voted on and funded by the student body of PPCC and Ms. Westfall is the first full-time employee focusing on sustainability issues in the Colorado Community College System.

PPCC Awarded 2.6 Million for Increased Student Services

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) receives three U.S. Department of Education grants providing the college with $2.63 million for increased student services throughout the next five years. This figure includes more than a half million dollars to be used in the current school year.

Pikes Peak Community College Child Development Center Earns National Accreditation

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Allison Swickard 719-393-5792 allison.swickard@ppcc.edu PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION Program among the top in the nation Colorado Springs, Colorado – Dec. 7, 2011 - Pikes Peak Community College Child Development Centers (PPCC CDCs) recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The PPCC CDCs are now part of eight percent of preschools and early childhood programs in the nation with this accreditation. “The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, executive director, NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC accreditation is a sign the PPCC CDCs are leaders in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.” Earning NAEYC accreditation is an extensive process lasting three years. The PPCC CDCs conducted self-study processes, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The 10 standards the CDC was measured against were: relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment of child progress, health, teachers, families, community relationships, physical environment, leadership and management. NAEYC assessors also conducted an on-site visit ensuring the PPCC CDCs met each of the standards. The PPCC CDCs are now subject to unannounced visits during accreditation, which lasts five years. The first NAEYC accredited program in El Paso County, the PPCC CDCs achieved high scores in the accreditation validation visit. Programs must achieve a minimum of 80 percent in each standard; however, the CDCs scored 100 percent in eight of the program standards. The classrooms observed by the validator must score a minimum of 70 percent on the observable criteria and the observed CDC classrooms rated 92 percent and higher. “Our mission is supporting students as they achieve their educational goals through providing high quality, affordable care and education to infants, toddlers and preschoolers,” said Cynthia Neale-Downing, director, child care services, PPCC. “NAEYC accreditation is a testament to our mission and also shows that children in our program are receiving the highest quality care and early learning experiences.” Each year the PPCC CDCs serve more than 300 children with a combined staff of more than 50 positions, some of which are PPCC students receiving practical experience toward their degrees. The CDCs were established in 1970 and through student-voted fees opened the current locations at the Centennial Campus and Rampart Range Campus with sliding scales to serve low-income students. In addition to providing childcare, the CDCs also serve as observation and practicum sites for PPCC academic programs such as early childhood education, nursing and psychology. NAEYC Established in 1985, the NAEYC accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs. In September 2006, the Association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards today reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. PPCC Pikes Peak Community College, in its 43rd year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, three military education centers in El Paso County and more than 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually. # # #

Pikes Peak Community College Invites Students, Faculty and Staff to Participate in Facilities Master Plan Forum

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

The studioINSITE/Sasaki consultants are visiting with PPCC students, faculty and staff to update and also gather ideas and feedback about the new PPCC Facilities Master Plan.

Pikes Peak Community College presents Bag It; a documentary

Allison Swickard — February 29, 2016

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PPCC Theatre Department and Springs Ensemble Theatre Partner to Present an Award-Winning Play Exploring Love and Math

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) Theatre Department, in partnership with Springs Ensemble Theatre, presents Proof, winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

Fatbike CEO Gives PPCC Commencement Address

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 5, 2016 – Steve Kaczmarek, CEO and owner of Borealis Fatbike Company, presents his keynote address about the importance of working hard, identifying opportunities and giving back at Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) 2016 Commencement, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 14, New Life Church Auditorium, 11025 Voyager Parkway.

UCCS, PPCC and El Paso County partner to land $668,000 matching grant for new scholars

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 6, 2016 – Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado Colorado Springs and El Paso County are working together on a fundraising project to secure more than $1.3 million in scholarships for local students.

PPCC Hires Several New College Leaders

Karen Kovaly — June 9, 2016

Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) has hired a new vice president of instruction, chief technology officer, foundation executive director, executive director of marketing and communication and learning commons dean.

PPCC Gets Record-Breaking $1 Million Grant for Arts Program

Pikes Peak Community College has received a $1 million gift from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, the largest donation in the college’s 48-year history. The gift will be used to advance PPCC’s plan to develop its Downtown Studio Campus as a cornerstone for regional arts education as well as a major destination for cultural events in downtown Colorado Springs.

USAFA, CC, UCCS & PPCC Join Forces for Entrepreneurship

Karen Kovaly — June 23, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 23, 2016 – The Pikes Peak region’s four major higher-education institutions are about to enter the second year of their ground-breaking Quad Innovation Program.

PPCC Hires New Faculty and Staff, Including First Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pikes Peak Community College has hired its first executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion, along with a new director of facilities, dean of health and sciences and manager of student accounts.