Colorado Springs, Colo. – June 5, 2015 – Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation awarded Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) a $10,000 grant for PPCC Kids College, a career exploration summer program designed to help at-risk middle school students persist to high school and college.
More than 700 organizations applied for this grant, and PPCC Kids College was one of just a few funded. The grant allows PPCC the ability to offer scholarships for those in financial need and to also accept all students from Teller, Elbert and El Paso counties.
PPCC Kids College was developed in 2013 in partnership with Harrison School District Two to serve low-income, minority students, as well as those from military families. This population is high risk for not continuing education through high school and college.
Because low-income students lose academic ground during the summer at a faster rate than higher income peers, summer engagement has a positive effect on overall achievement levels.
Kids College gives students going into 7th, 8th and 9th grade the opportunity to explore interesting career and technical programs while getting a feel for the college experience. In turn, it gives them and their families the opportunity to see community college as an attainable option.
This year students will explore PPCC’s strong vocational and technical programs including 3D Printing, Culinary Arts, Fire Science, Zoo Keeping, Robotics, Music and Graphic Arts. Instructors who are experts in their field, assisted by PPCC college and high school students, teach half-day and full-day sessions. Weeklong sessions take place July 13, 20 and 27.
Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk. The PeyBack Foundation has provided more than $10 million of impact to at risk youth through its grants and programs since its inception to Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Pikes Peak Community College is in its 47th year of operation and has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1975. It is a two-year college offering 158 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 21,000 students annually.