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Forum Brings Education and Manufacturing Community Together

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Sept. 24, 2013 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC), Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and Pikes Peak Workforce Center invite the region’s manufacturing leaders to attend the Pikes Peak Regional Manufacturing Forum, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., PPCC Centennial Campus, Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.

Discussions will include topics crucial to local manufacturers and the community. To register for this free event, contact or call 719.502.3116.

The Pikes Peak region’s manufacturing sector pays on average 30 percent higher wages than non-manufacturing jobs.  Yet, local companies have difficulty finding interested and qualified workers. “PPCC works with local manufacturers to determine high-demand occupations then designs and offers degrees and certificate programs in those career fields including Computer Aided Design, Electronics, Machining and Welding,” said Dr. Lance Bolton, PPCC President.   

The forum will also include details on the Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP) grant. It was recently announced that a consortium of nine Colorado schools of higher education was awarded a CHAMP grant in the amount of nearly $25 million. PPCC will receive  $2.3 million of it to grow and enhance its manufacturing related programs to further meet the critical training and workforce development needs of the region’s manufacturing base.  

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.