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Kyrgyzstan Delegates Learning from PPCC Vocational Program

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Feb. 28, 2013 – A five-member delegation of Kyrgyzstan educational leaders, hosted by the City of Colorado Springs, is visiting Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) Centennial Campus, March 4, 9 – 11 a.m. to learn about high school career training programs.

The visit will focus on the role of vocational schools and community and technical colleges in preparing students for the workforce, and will examine the curricula, administration and financing of these institutions.

Chelsy Harris, PPCC dean, high school programs, will provide an overview of PPCC’s area vocational training programs (AVP). AVP at PPCC provides occupational skill development and training for junior and senior high school students from all over the Pikes Peak Region. She will also discuss how to structure and organize the programs for high school students; review curriculum, space and equipment needs; and give a tour of the lab-based programs.

“Any time we can share professional development opportunities with other educators, especially from a re-building country like Kyrgyzstan, it is very exciting,” said Harris. “Vocational and technical colleges can be good alternatives for students in Kyrgyzstan who are unable to attend university. In particular, vocational training can provide women and girls from rural areas with greater opportunities in life.”

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, three military education centers in El Paso county and more than 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.