The largest, most diverse place of higher learning in Southern Colorado, Pikes Peak Community College throws the doors of opportunity wide open.
Pikes Peak Community College was established in 1968 as El Paso Community College, a two-year college offering three associate degrees. Operating out of rented buildings in Old Colorado City, first-year enrollment was roughly 800 students. The first graduation was held in April 1970 at Bancroft Park, yielding 17 associate degrees and 70 certificates.
Enrollment rapidly grew, in part because of an emphasis placed on military programs, which have become a significant aspect of the college, and the need for permanent facilities became apparent.
Early in 1973, the U.S. Government declared 212 acres of land along the northern boundary of Fort Carson as surplus land and on Feb. 15, 1974 the deed to the site was transferred to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education for use by El Paso Community College. The full-service Centennial Campus was built in 1978 and the College Council approved a new name, Pikes Peak Community College.
The college experienced a variety of changes throughout the 1970’s including a tremendous surge in occupational majors due to heavy veteran enrollment, the birth of KEPC college radio, along with the arrival and departure of collegiate sports teams and the El Paso International Community College in Germany. Despite these changes, PPCC stayed true to its historical roots by adapting to serve community needs first and foremost.
Significant population growth during the last several decades in the Pikes Peak region drove the need for expanded educational services. As a result, the PPCC Downtown Studio Campus was built in 1986 to provide better exposure to the college’s arts and science programs and provide a center focusing on the arts. The Rampart Range Campus was built in the north end of the city in 1998, and the Falcon Campus in 2008. PPCC also began operating education centers on Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
PPCC has become the largest post-secondary educational institution in Colorado Springs and offers the most widely accessible and affordable education in the region.
Providing access to quality education drives everything we do. That access begins with affordability – with tuition less than half of our university counterparts – and then redefines convenience, with classes at campuses throughout the Pikes Peak region (three main campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers) as well as online.
Our 20,000 students range from high school grads seeking an excellent cost-effective transfer path to four-year schools to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce to the unemployed or under-employed looking for fresh starts in such high-paying careers as cyber security, arc welding and industrial manufacturing.
Established in 1968 as El Paso County Community College and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers 158 associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields.
At PPCC, we offer more paths to success than Colorado offers mountain trails.
PPCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456.
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