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PPCC and UCHealth Memorial Hospital Partner to Expand Paramedic and EMT Training in the Pikes Peak region

Colorado Springs – Aug. 30, 2018 – Pikes Peak Community College is moving its Paramedic Program and part of its Emergency Medical Technician Program from their current location at PPCC's Creekside Success Center to the new UCHealth Memorial Hospital Community Education Center (CEC), at 2050 Kidskare Point.

For media tours of the Community Education Center, please contact Cary Vogrin, media relations specialist at UCHealth Memorial Hospital, at 365-2878.


The programs' move to the CEC will enable PPCC to work more closely with UCHealth Memorial to address the paramedic shortage in the City of Colorado Springs and surrounding communities. Classes start at the new location this fall.

"As one of the two primary educational programs developing health care workers in the community, PPCC has a responsibility to address industry needs in the region," says PPCC President Lance Bolton. "EMS programs at PPCC are highly rigorous and highly competitive. PPCC Paramedic students have a 100 percent first-attempt pass rate on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam and a 94.7 percent  job placement rate.” 


The Community Education Center opened in December and offers a wide range of training for first responders.

“The new, state-of-the art education center is a place where future first responders can be trained in the latest advances in medicine and medical technology,” said Joel Yuhas, president and CEO of UCHealth Memorial. “We are thrilled to partner with PPCC to help advance and grow their Paramedic program.  This is an opportunity to collaborate in a meaningful way and to address a critical workforce challenge that exists in the Pikes Peak region.  As the only Level I trauma center in southern Colorado, UCHealth Memorial is committed to partnerships like these, which underscore our leadership role in the community.”

The move is made possible by a partnership between UCHealth, the PPCC Foundation and Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (through a COSI workforce development matching scholarship grant). 

  • PPCC will dedicate $91,885, including Perkins grant funds as possible. 
  • The PPCC Foundation has received a matching grant of $140,000 for nursing and allied health (including for-credit EMS and paramedic) scholarships from the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI). 
  • UCHealth Memorial Hospital has provided a grant to the PPCC Foundation for $250,000 to fund this move and provide scholarships to nursing and paramedic students.

In Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, 20 EMT and Paramedic students will be funded by scholarships. The scholarships will have a big impact locally and in rural southern Colorado communities. Scholarships help rural agencies afford to send their people for advanced training which in turn will increase their capacity to provide advanced life support to their community.

In addition to classrooms used for various training, UCHealth’s Community Education Center houses a mock apartment that’s used to mirror real-life call scenarios. There’s also space to park wrecked cars so first responders have the opportunity to learn how to extricate patients injured in motor vehicle accidents. In addition, UCHealth Memorial’s new helicopter – LifeLine –  can land at the training center so students can learn how to care for patients when they need to travel by air.


The center also includes a simulation center with state-of-the art electronic mannequins that enable health care providers to keep skills sharp and gain new knowledge to provide patients with exemplary care.


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.

About UCHealth 

UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth combines Longs Peak HospitalMemorial HospitalPoudre Valley HospitalMedical Center of the RockiesUCHealth Medical GroupBroomfield HospitalGrandview HospitalYampa Valley Medical CenterPikes Peak Regional Hospital and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Nationally-ranked University of Colorado Hospital is based on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and is the only academic medical center in Colorado. With more than 150 clinic locations, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation. 


Cary Vogrin
Media Relations Specialist
1400 E. Boulder St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
O: 719.365.2878
C: 719.213.3287