Sept. 27 – Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers will proclaim the week of Oct. 7-13, 2018 as Pikes Peak Community College's 50th Anniversary Celebration. City Council will read the proclamation on Oct. 9, 1-2:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.
The proclamation acknowledges and details the college’s contributions to the community over the past 50 years and addresses the special history between PPCC and Ft. Carson.
Prior to the reading of the proclamation, PPCC will present Fort Carson with a certificate of recognition for the land they provided to the college for its Centennial Campus and for the crucial partnership that has spanned a half century. PPCC President will present the certificate to Fort Carson Garrison Commander Col. Brian Wortinger 12:30-1 p.m. in the Academy Conference Room at City Hall.
In 1976, Fort Carson sold the land for its Centennial Campus for $1 to what was then called El Paso Community College. Fort Carson officials wanted to nurture this fledgling institution, which provide transitioning soldiers with the technical and vocational skills to enter the workforce. PPCC has continuously expanded upon that mission.
The college is planning several celebratory events, including a Homecoming Celebration for alumni, employees and students on Oct. 5 and a Golden Gala fundraiser on Oct. 27. Details can be found at ppcc.edu/ 50.
Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees, certifications in career and technical fields and its first bachelor degree in emergency services administration starting fall 2018. With three campuses, two learning centers and two military education centers, PPCC provides access to a quality, affordable and flexible education to 19,000 students annually.