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PPCC Connects Local Manufacturers with Future Workforce

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Sept. 25, 2014 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is holding an Advanced Manufacturing Forum on Oct. 2 at the Centennial Campus Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. PPCC students, community and media are invited to connect with local manufacturers and explore PPCC’s manufacturing degree and certificate programs.

Manufacturing companies in Colorado Springs continue to face a shortage of skilled workers. PPCC bridges this gap by partnering with them to determine their workforce needs, develop programs in those areas and provide students with the skills to transition into these high demand, high paying positions.

“Upgrades to PPCC’s manufacturing equipment and facilities from our recently awarded CHAMP Grant (Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Programs) will enable students to train on the same state of the art equipment manufacturers use, making their skills even more valuable,” said Mike Couillard, PPCC’s CHAMP Grant Program Manager and Forum organizer 

The Manufacturing Forum will include the following highlights:

  • Panel discussion with local industry experts;
  • Videos from local manufacturers highlighting their innovative technologies including robotics, automated manufacturing,machining and 3D printing; 
  • Tours of PPCC’s manufacturing shop;  
  • Guidance from advisors on available programs, degrees and career opportunities;
  • Participation in either the morning (9:30-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (3-5 p.m.) session.

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.