A half-century of turning dreams into careers

Pikes Peak Community College started in 1968 as El Paso Community College. Did you or someone you know play a part in those early days of the college? We're collecting memories (written, recorded and video) for our anniversary celebrations.

We're doing this because we believe our college's history is more than groundbreaking dates and presidential successions. It's your experience of hanging with a diverse group of friends and students before anybody talked about diversity. It's your research projects in a time before computers. It's your typing class, plunking away on a manual typewriter.

Maybe it's your meeting your wife or husband on campus, back in the late '60s or early '70s, or connecting with an instructor who would not only inspire you but help you get a job at the start of your career.

These are the stories that will add a rich texture to who we are, reminding us that history isn't something that just belongs in books. It's something that resides inside us, and it's one of the most valuable things we can share.



50th Anniversary Events

We have a number of 50th Anniversary-related events planned, and more could be added. Here's what's planned so far:

Homecoming Spirit Week - Oct. 1-5: A variety of student activities, on all campuses, organized by Student Government and Student Life.

Homecoming Party - Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m., at Centennial Atrium: PPCC Alum James Brown deejaying.

Golden Gala - Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m. at The Broadmoor's International Center: An elegant evening to celebrate the PPCC legacy and raise money for scholarships. Get more info about tickets and sponsorships here.

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Share your PPCC memories

How to Share Your Memories

Here's a sample memory:

Sandy (Sandra) Bailey

What years did you attend Pikes Peak Community College?

Taught from 1993 to 2013

When I began my second career teaching at PPCC, I taught Shorthand.  It only lasted one semester because the introduction of computers reduced the need for this skill.  Managers typed material on their computers and had secretaries edit for accuracy!

I taught WordPerfect and DOS (disk operating system) was in place.  I came into classroom one evening when Karla Rodie’s Computer class had ended.  A student asked me, “Do you do windows?”   I replied, “No, I don’t do housekeeping.”

I didn’t know at the time that Microsoft had introduced window-based software which I would teach through 2013. No more WordPerfect word processing.  

We also began teaching online classes—such an improvement over USPS-aided correspondence courses.   It began an era of increased enrollment  for people who had to work or were stuck at home and couldn’t get out to college. Online teaching became the new challenge to successfully connect and communicate with students.  I loved that new venture!

I can say that I had the best Business Technology faculty when I began at PPCC.  I was sad when I had to leave my position as Chairperson of Business Technology due to unexpected health condition!