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Commercial and residential construction is booming in the Pikes Peak Region. The road block: a dire shortage of trained tradesman and craftsmen. PPCC's response: Launching a Building and Construction Technology degree program in August 2017 to develop a qualified and certified workforce to feed industry demand.

Trades Offered

  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • Windows
  • Building Codes
  • Carpentry
  • Floor Finishing
  • Insulation
  • Scheduling
  • Framing

Construction manager working with students.

Connect with Students

The best way to reach students is to meet them at PPCC, before they graduate.

Host an intern | Speak in a class | Come to Construction Open House, October 27, 2017| Serve on Advisory Board

Internships from the industry are critical to workforce development. Contact the Department Chair Michele Koster at 719-502-3245 or for more information.

A Career Ladder

PPCC has developed a career ladder for students interested in the construction industry.

Building on the Workforce Development, Commercial and Residential collaboration, established in 2015 by CSHBA and AGC, PPCC has developed a career ladder for students interested in the construction industry. All classes are based on the HBI curriculum, the nationally recognized standard in construction education, providing seamless transition from high school to PPCC.

300 students are currently enrolled in Careers in Construction high school programs.

100 students are estimated for PPCC Construction program, fall 2017.


A full schedule of evening and daytime classes will answer the needs of students working full time while also serving traditional students.

August 2017

Building and Construction Technology Degree program launches

One year
Completion of Certificates: Building and Construction Fundamentals or Building and Construction Advanced Applications

Two years
Completion of Degree: Building and Construction Technology Program Specs

  • Average class sizes of 15 students
  • Regional-level accreditation
  • Flexible scheduling options that allows students to fit classes into their schedule and work around home or job commitments

Financial Aid

  • More than $100,000 available in scholarships for El Paso County residents

to meet the PPCC Construction Program Challenge

GE Johnson donated $100k and challenged PPCC to match. PPCC committed $50k. We need your help with $50k to launch the degree and certificate program.

Two Ways to Give

EZ 25% State Tax Credit

PPCC is a qualified Enterprise Zone project in El Paso County. Donations to the Construction Program qualify the donor to receive a 25% credit on their Colorado state income taxes. EZ contributions may be made via credit card online or by a check mailed to PPCC Foundation, 5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. Please make checks payable to El Paso County Enterprise Zone.

Tax-deductible Contribution

All donations are tax-deductible and any donations received through this webpage are immediately restricted to the PPCC Construction Program.

Call 719-502-2013 or email for more information.

Published: May 11th, 2017

Tagged in: Construction Initiative