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New PPCC tutoring app is first in the state

Colorado Springs -- August 15, 2017-- Pikes Peak Community College has developed an app that allows students to request tutoring services no matter where they are within the new Centennial Campus Learning Commons. This technology is unique to PPCC. No one else in Colorado is using it.

The media is invited to see the new app in action during an open house on Sept. 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the new Learning Commons, 2nd floor, Aspen Building, A200, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Hands on demonstrations and information stations will be available along with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Learning Commons itself at 10 a.m.

The Learning Commons app signals tutors to arrive at your location within minutes. It's the Uber of academic assistance. Students can request the type of tutoring, find out who's available at any campus, reserve a study room or just learn hours or locations of services.

The idea for this technology came from PPCC's desire to serve students wherever they are comfortable and understanding that students have trouble asking for help.

"This generation of students are so comfortable with technology that using a phone app is an easy way to seek assistance and it eliminates the stigma of asking for help," said Patrice Whitley, PPCC's Learning Commons Director.

PPCC students who engage in tutoring have an 8 to 14 percent higher re-enrollment rate and may improve one letter grade. PPCC students logged 17,000 tutoring visits between fall and spring 2016. With the new Learning Commons app, the college hopes to increase those numbers.

This unique technology will be put to use in the new Centennial Campus Learning Commons. The library has been transformed into a 16,000-square-foot space where all learning resources are integrated. Students can now access tutoring, technology support and assistance and library services all in in one centralized area.

The goal was to create an open learning environment to support academic confidence and enhance the success of all students. The space is broken up into areas of use: the knowledge market, a quiet space and a social space. Seating is movable so students can create their own configurations. Students even chose the colors and fabric of that furniture.

About PPCC

Established in 1968 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, PPCC offers associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields. 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.

Our students range from high school grads seeking a cost-effective transfer path to four-year schools to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce to the unemployed or under-employed looking for fresh starts
in such high-paying careers as cyber security, construction and manufacturing.