Pikes Peak Community College Plans to Change to Pikes Peak State College
Press Release I March 9, 2022
Pikes Peak Community College plans to change its name to Pikes Peak State College,
pending approval by the Colorado State Legislature.
PPCC was originally named El Paso County College when it was established in 1968.
As the college grew and became more diverse in its offerings, it was renamed Pikes
Peak Community College in 1978.
It is again seeking to modernize its name in order 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.
"Like some of our sister colleges who recently dropped 'junior college' from their
name, Pikes Peak needs a name that reflects the changing nature of community colleges.
It's why dozens of community colleges have changed their names over the past decade,"
college president Lance Bolton said.
PPCC plays a critical role in meeting the education and workforce training needs of
our community. It serves as a critical workforce pipeline for the Pike Peak region
– from the health care industry to manufacturing and early childhood education. 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
While this name change does not alter Pikes Peak's focus on two-year degrees and certificates,
but 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.
About PPCC 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