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English - Jenna Benson - Food Insecurity and Sustainability

Jenna Benson's English students drafted several proposals for improving our students food and health situation through the expansion, increased advertising, and the construction of a fresh food greenhouse on the Rampart Range Campus.

Class Community Partner
English 122 - English Composition II PPCC Food Pantry
English 131 - Technical Writing PPCC Key Club







Download the Proposals Here:

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Journalism - Sarah McMahon - Voter Registration Guides with Local Newspapers

Journalism Instructor Sarah McMahon's Journalism 215 students wrote articles that appeared in local independent newspapers. Student Lacey Berig's article appeared in the November 2019 issue of the Southeast Express newspaper in Colorado Springs. The article explained the Electoral College, how it affects citizens, and recent controversies surrounding it's function. 

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JOU 215 Publications Production and Design Southeast Express Newspaper
JOU 105 Introduction to Mass Media Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper


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Accounting - Nathan Tassler - Free Tax Prep

Students and volunteers will prepare and file tax returns free of charge (To households with an income of less than 56,000. )Free tax prep helps ease the burden of commercial tax preparation costs on low-wage earners and helps connect families with valuable tax credits.

For more information and a complete list of what to bring visit

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ACC 133 Tax Help Colorado Practicum Piton Foundation



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French - Amy Cornish - French Letters to Children

Amy Cornish's FRE 212 French IV class conducted a letter writing campaign to children in French speaking countries as part of their Service-Learning project.

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FRE 212 French Language IV Children in French Speaking Countries Around the World



View some of the letters below:

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Graphic Design - Jenna Shearn - Music Festival Marketing

Jenna Shearn's MGD 211 Adobe Photoshop II created event marketing posters and T-shirts for the annual High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrash Festival

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MGD 211 Adobe Photoshop II High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrash Festival




Sample some of the designs below:

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Sociology - Gina Swanson - Marion House Soup Kitchen

Gina Swanson's SOC 101 Intro to Sociology class worked at the Marion House Soup Kitchen to prep food and sort donations. 

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SOC 101 Intro to Sociology Marion House Charities and Soup Kitchen




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English - Emily Forand and Amie Sharp - Public Literary Forums

On February 24, Emily Forand and Amie Short's ENG classes hosted literary discussions of Toni Morrison's "Sweetness" as part of the campus-wide Toni Morrison Commemoration Week events. Students in these two Literature 115 classes created questions and hosted small group discussions about the story at the event. Our students' questions created a space for conversations about race, history, and identity for students, staff, and community guests.

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LIT 115 Introduction to Literature



View photos from the event below:

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Culinary Arts & Environmental Science - Ruth-Ann Larish - Monument Creek Clean Up

Monument Creek Clean-Up, Students learned about the 4 Pillars of Sustainability,  unique facts about our Colorado Springs waterways. After acquiring all this knowledge, they spent 2 hours cleaning up the PPCC adopted portion of the Monument Creek Watershed. (Reflections followed.​​​​​)

Partnership with Culinary Arts Program, students learn the science and art of baking bread and how it is used to help feed the world. After all loaves are baked and smelling fresh, each ENV 101 student takes three loaves and shares it with three people they think it will impact...a selfless act of kindness and nourishment.

Read the student reflections Here. 


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ENV 101-08s

Culinary Arts Program: Mike Paradiso

PPCC Sustainability Office

Jerry Cordova from CSP Government







View photos from the events below:

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Our Community Partners

We solute our community partners - our program and students are indebted to their valuable contributions to our community 

Community Partners

Big Brother, Big Sister • Boys & Girls Club • CASA of Pikes Peak Region • Catholic Charities of Central Colorado • Catholic Volunteer Network • Children's Literacy Center • Colorado Mission of Mercy • Cool Science • The Council of Neighborhood Organizations • Discover Goodwill • Haseya Advocate Program • Head Start • Inside Out: LGBTQ Youth Services • Junior Achievement • Kingdom Builders Family Life Center • Mission Medical Center • More Than A Meal Inc. • Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence • Pikes Peak Children's Museum • PPCC Office of Sustainability • The Red Cross • The Resource Exchange • Rocky Mountain Field Institute • Rogers Reading Buddies • Ronald McDonald House Charities • Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence • Salvation Army • SET Family Medical Clinics • Victory Service Dogs • Westside CARES 

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Marrisa Mitchell, Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region Youth of the Year 

Featured Community Partner, 2020

Boys and Girls Club of Pikes Peak Region

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The Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region has been a long standing partner of the PPCC Service-Learning Program. Over the years, PPCC students volunteered at the clubs by working with youth in their after school programs and by supporting club events. This community partner has made a big difference in the lives of many students and faculty at PPCC.

Youth of the Year for 2019-2020

Marissa Mitchell -  a 17-year-old senior at James Irwin Charter High School -  was named Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region 2020 Youth of the Year for 2019-2020.  Mitchell has been a club participant since fifth grade. As a club member, Mitchell has served as a a student teacher and mentor, as well as instructed music and drama programming, in addition to volunteering with multiple programs within the community.

A talented musician with the Colorado Springs Conservatory, she will major in music education at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in August.

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