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PPCC offers its first bachelor's degree, unique to the state

Colorado Springs – February 6, 2018 -- Pikes Peak Community College will offer its first Bachelor of Applied Science degree in emergency services administration starting in the fall of 2018. This degree will train a new generation of leaders in the proactive strategic planning for disaster prevention and reduction.

PPCC is one of only three community colleges in Colorado offering a bachelor's program and it is the only one in the state offering this unique multi-department program.

The passing of Senate Bill 14-004 in 2014 paved the way for community colleges to offer four-year degrees. The purpose was to help people in rural areas earn a four-year degree without leaving their community.

“This will be the first of many bachelor degrees to come,” said PPCC President Lance Bolton. “The most significant would be nursing, and we’re working on that through the legislature. It’s important to note that we remain committed to our two-year degrees and certificates, and those will always be the core of what we do. But this expansion into four-year degrees really changes the definition of what we are as a community college. It will put a four-year degree within reach of so many more people.”

What makes PPCC’s BAS program unique is that it is designed to train public-service professionals to effectively manage across the range of public-service agencies and to understand how each agency (law enforcement, fire, medical) is organized and equipped to deal with crises.

Someone who understands each agency’s unique role during a crisis and knows how to coordinate their activities is best suited to centrally lead efforts during a crisis like the Waldo Canyon Fires or the Planned Parenthood shooting.

There is a growing need for security and emergency training like this in our community and around the world. Graduates can get jobs in the forest service, homeland security, police forces, hospitals, city and state governments or any large organization that needs an office of emergency management.

PPCC's fire science, EMS and criminal justice department faculty have been developing courses and working with PPCC's e-learning to get them online. Online classes will start fall 2018. Classroom classes will begin spring 2019.

For more information, please contact PPCC's Business, Public Service and Social Sciences Division at (719) 502-3300 or


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.