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PPCC’s Professional Development Week will Focus on Student Engagement

Colorado Springs, Colo. – August 19, 2013 – The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is kicking off this year’s Professional Development Week with a Student Success & Retention Summit focused on student engagement.

 Dr. Elizabeth Barkley, nationally known scholar, educator and consultant with more than 30 years of experience in higher education will present a keynote address and interactive workshop based on her book, Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty.

Concern over what student engagement really means and how to achieve it has become a central conversation regarding quality in higher education. Drawing from Student Engagement Techniques, her interactive workshop offers participants a dynamic five-element model for understanding student engagement that will serve as the theoretical framework for identifying a wide range of strategies and techniques to promote in PPCC’s varied learning environments.

PPCC’s Professional Development Week (PDW) is held the week before each fall and spring semester and is open to all faculty and staff. This collaborative learning experience is full of workshops and sessions geared toward increasing teaching and learning excellence.  The August 19-23 PDW workshops and events will be focused on ways that PPCC faculty and staff can offer engaging experiences that will contribute to the success of students at Pikes Peak Community College.

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso County and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.