Colorado Springs, Colo. – Jan. 23, 2014 – Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is celebrating the grand opening its Military & Veterans Center of Excellence with a VIP reception Feb. 6, 4:30 - 7 p.m., Centennial Campus, C Building, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. Colonel David Grosso, Ft. Carson Garrison Commander; Dr. Lance Bolton, PPCC President; and Mark Giles, veteran and PPCC student body President will speak. The media is invited to attend.
The new center will help PPCC provide superior support to the roughly 4,000 military and veteran students it serves each semester. Twenty-five percent of PPCC’s students are active military, veteran or military family members. PPCC has been serving these growing populations since it was established in 1968.
PPCC’s Military and Veterans Programs provide academic advising, paperwork processing and referral services to students. The new center allows for a peer tutoring program, a dedicated meeting space for the campus’ growing Student Veterans of America Club, an expanded computer lab, a quiet study area and a lounge with comfortable seating.
Additional resources for students will be put into place within the next year including visiting VA personnel to assist students with benefits not related to college, a visiting Vet Success representative and a new program where students can be mentored by local veterans.
This project, funded by college internal reserves and student fees, is part of a $1.5 million renovation that also includes additional support staff offices, the creation of a Student Life Center and building updates for code compliance.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering 175 associate degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses and two military education centers in El Paso County, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.