The bill allowing Pikes Peak Community College to change its name was signed by Gov.
Jared Polis on Friday.
The bipartisan House Bill 1280 “Pikes Peak Community College Name Change”
was introduced by House Reps. Marc Snyder and Tony Exum and Senate Reps. Paul Lundeen
and Pete Lee sponsored the bill. In a brief ceremony at PPCC's Rampart Range Campus
last Friday, Governor Polis signed it into law.
The college will officially launch its new name, Pikes Peak State College, in the
The intent of the new name is to increase the perception of its value among students
and employers, and to effectively market the institution to help foster enrollment
growth, build partnerships, and increase overall competitiveness in the region.
While this name change does not alter Pikes Peak's focus on two-year degrees and certificates,
it certainly reflects the college's expansion into four-year degrees. The name works
to strategically brand the college, remaining market relevant to prospective students
and employers, and in turn helps their community thrive.
"PPCC continues to play a critical role in meeting the education and workforce training
needs of our community," college president Lance Bolton said. "PPCC’s programs help
sustain growth and economic vitality across Southern Colorado while also preparing
students to transfer to four-year institutions to complete bachelor programs.
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers
associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields and three bachelors’
degrees. With three campuses, various off-campus locations, two military education
centers, and hundreds of online classes, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable
and flexible education to more than 17,500 students annually with both credit and