Colorado Springs – Nov. 3, 2017 – Pikes Peak Community College joins the first consortium dedicated specifically to advancing success of men of color in community colleges.
We are excited to announce that PPCC has joined the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC). Participation in the NCCMC will enhance the college’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color.
Despite programs designed to enhance outcomes for men of color, in the United States only 17% and 15% of black and Latino men, respectively, earn a certificate, degree, or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years. Figures for men from other ethnic groups (e.g., Native American, Southeast Asian) also indicate an insurmountable need for improvement.
To combat this achievement gap, the NCCMC facilitates an exchange of ideas between community colleges across the nation on how best to serve men of color in our educational institutions. Community colleges convene to share their efforts and learn about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color.
PPCC’s engagement in the NCCMC will enhance professional development for faculty and staff, enable informed interventions for our current programs serving men of color, and inspire new initiatives addressing challenges facing these men.
“Our college has made closing achievement gaps one of our highest priorities,” said Keith Barnes, Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “I have no doubt that joining the CCEAL will be one of the steps that will help us get there.”
Launched in February 2015, the CCEAL has already seen much success in information-sharing between community colleges. An average of more than 1,000 consortium members participates in each webinar.
“It is inspiring to see educators collaborate and openly share innovative ideas for serving men of color,” said Frank Harris III, co-director of CCEAL. “We look forward to the future of CCEAL and the future success of men of color.”
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.
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