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PPCC Launches Career Shift, A Program for those 50+

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Feb. 13, 2014 – Career Shift, a new program aimed at helping community members over 50 years old explore new or next careers is launching this spring at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) through its Extended Learning Division.

The program kicks-off with an Open House on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the PPCC Downtown Studio Campus, 100 West Pikes Peak Ave. Program instructors and community partners will be available to answer questions and provide information.

“These days people are retooling, not just retiring from their jobs. Whether they continue working full-time, downshift to part-time work, retire to pursue volunteer work or start their own business, mature workers have many more options,” said Debbie Sagen, Executive Director of Extended Learning at PPCC. “We are offering classes and resources that inspire this segment of our community and assist them in reinventing themselves and discovering their future possibilities.”

Career Shift classes will begin March 6 and run through May 8. All classes will be held in the evenings and on weekends at the PPCC Downtown Studio Campus.  There are currently four classes being offered as part of the spring Career Shift curriculum:

  • New Visions, a career exploration class that helps participants define their goals and assess their strengths, then explore options for work and volunteer life. 
  • The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, for those seeking to start a business or become a social entrepreneur.
  • Transitioning to a Non-Profit Career, for those who want to join the non-profit ranks as a leader or volunteer.  
  • Back to School will showcase the higher education options available in the Pikes Peak Region and offers insight about schools that offer specific resources for older students. 

For specific course information, visit and click on “Course Offerings” or call 719-502-2454.

Extended Learning at PPCC is collaborating with several local organizations in this endeavor. Partners include AARP, Career Designs, the Innovations in Aging Collaborative, the Pikes Peak Library District, the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Leadership Pikes Peak, the Senior Blue Book, the Senior Resource Council and Silver Key. Partners will offer resources to participants, provide guest speakers in classes and offer supportive services like career counseling, job placement assistance and volunteer opportunities.  

About Extended Learning at PPCC

Extended Learning at PPCC, established in 2013, aims to meet the ever-changing needs of the Pikes Peak Region by developing a skilled and passionate workforce and creating opportunities for personal fulfillment.  This Division, part of the larger PPCC –a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields – offers non-credit programs and workshops for all ages.