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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communications

As Dr. Bolton regularly updates the campus community on developments involving the spread of the coronavirus and the college's plans, this will be a place to track all of the college's communications, as well as updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). 

Please address any questions to covid@ppcc.edu

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Students or employee, fill out this form if you:

  • have tested positive for COVID-19
  • are going to be tested or awaiting results
  • are quarantined due to testing, exposure, or symptoms
  • know anybody else in the campus community who meets those criteria.

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On-Campus Vaccine Clinics

We are very happy to announce that El Paso County Public Health and Nomi Health will be providing mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus.

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Key Information*

Get $100 Gift Card for Vaccinations:

PPCC is offering $100 in gift cards to every unvaccinated student or employee who gets their first vaccination starting Aug. 16 and continuing through Sept. 30. You will receive $50 after each shot of the two-dose vaccines, or $100 if you receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To receive your gift cards, please upload your vaccination card after each first dose and fill out the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Registry.

If you were already vaccinated, THANK YOU! Please upload your vaccination card to the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Registry and you will be entered into a drawing for several prizes: one grand prize of $1,500, two prizes of $1,000 each, and six prizes of $250 each. Sharing your vaccination status allows us to quickly manage our response to potential exposure to COVID-19 on-campus. Reporting your vaccination status is completely voluntary and will be used only for PPCC pandemic response purposes.

Once they are vaccinated, PPCC students will also be eligible for one of five $1,000 scholarships as well as two $5,000 scholarships being offered system-wide in partnership with Amazon 

Financial Disclaimer:

During each academic year, some or all of the instructional formats may change due to an emergency situation affecting college operations, public safety, or public health, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event the curriculum delivery format changes that occur during an academic year.

Back to campus, with more options

Fall Semester
We are planning a significant shiftsback to on-campus operations. 

While students are expected to fill our classrooms, they also have more options than ever, particularly as the college has expanded its technological capabilities.

Our classes now fit into five categories:

See more details here.

Health and Safety:

  • Get vaccinated. It's your best protection against acquiring and spreading the virus. The college may require vaccines once they get full FDA approval. https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/how-will-i-get-the-vaccine
  • Face coverings on all campuses are required indoors, except for private offices. Students who want to request exemptions can contact Accessibility Services and employees can contact HR. 
  • All high-touch surfaces are sanitized twice daily using a virus killing chemical and special sprayer for 360 degree contact.
  • Plexiglass shields have been placed in all high-traffic student service areas including Advising & Testing and Enrollment Services as well as in some one-on-one service areas.

Questions and concerns can be directed to PPCC's Facilities & Operations at 502-2800.

Covid-19 Testing Has Relocated

The PPCC Rampart Range Campus testing site has relocated to Chapel Hills Mall. The new location will continue the same schedule with testing available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone interested in obtaining a COVID test can check the El Paso County Public Health website for additional locations.

We expect to partner with Public Health to offer vaccination clinics on campus soon. Details to come.

Student Services Now In-person: 

All student services including Admissions, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Cashier, Military and Veterans Programs, and Student Life are now now open for in-person services at Centennial and Rampart Range campuses. Accessibility Services has in-person services at Centennial only.

Many services are available by appointment. Appointments are made by using Navigate and can be set-up as remote (video conference or phone) or in-person. Walk-ins are always welcome for all services. Reminder: Masks are now required. Remote services remain fully available. View the Remote Services webpage for information on accessing remote services.

Student Services 
Centennial and Rampart Range Campuses
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5pm

Bookstores
Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm

Learning Commons
Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm. Remote services available evenings and weekend.

Computer Labs
Centennial and Rampart: Mon-Thurs 8 am-8 pm, Fri 8 am-4 pm, Sat 10 am-3 pm, Sun closed

Centennial Copy Center
Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm

Centennial Fitness Center
 Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm 
Call to make a reservation for up to 1 hour. Limited to 9 users at a time on the weight/cardio side. Basketball courts and lockers are not yet available.
Info: carolyn.owen@ppcc.edu, 502-2554

Child Development Centers
Centennial Campus is open Mon-Thurs 7:45 am-4:30 pm. Closed Friday.

Where to Find Help:

Students have three main contacts (besides their instructor) to find more help and information: 

HOTLINE: (719) 502-2000 

E-mail:  StudentSupport@PPCC.edu

Text: (719) 602-5600

Remote Services:

You can find information about remote tutoring, accessibility services and more on this Remote Services page.

Employees:

PPCC’s Leadership is committed to providing employees with important information.  The latest FAQ for employees is available at my.ppcc.edu.

*For more specific information about these items, please read through the communications shared below and the FAQ tab above. All info is sent to Student and Staff email.

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Messages From PPCC Leadership

Official Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communications

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

Letter from Dr. Bolton

PPCC Students: YOU’RE INVITED TO AN UPCOMING EVENT:

Town Hall with PPCC President Lance Bolton

On Facebook Live

3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8

 

WELCOME STUDENTS!

I’ve said and wrote that so many times before, but it’s never carried more weight, more relief, more joy than it has these past few days.

It’s been over a year since students filled these hallways, and the reminder of how many people we serve is so invigorating and inspiring. Thank you for entrusting us withyour goals and dreams. Our instructors, advisors, coaches, counselors, tutors, facilities staff and the rest of the PPCC team are committed to making your time here worth it, helping you get where you want to go in life. In fact, we’ve hired more advisors and other support staff than ever before. 

You may have heard the line, “Students Succeed at PPCC.” It’s more than a tagline. It’s our mission. It’s the reason we’re here. I think you’ll find that in your classrooms, working with instructors who are truly invested in your success, and in your advising sessions, working with experts who can help you craft a clear roadmap to your degree or certificate.

I realize that the pandemic continues to force us to make compromises. We all hate wearing masks. We can’t breathe as well. We can’t see the full expressions of those around us. But I’m so grateful for the wonderful compliance I’m seeing to this mandate. Thank you for that. I also appreciate all of you who came onto campus fully vaccinated as well as those of you are taking advantage of our incentives and our free vaccine clinics.

If you have any symptoms, please, please, please stay home. Also, please fill out this report so our Covid team can stay on top of things.

No doubt you have questions. Curiosity is the mark of an engaged student. That’s why I’m planning a Student Town Hall at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8 on Facebook Live. Just go to this link and leave questions in the comment field.

 

I hope to see you there.

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

August 27, 2021

Announcement from President Bolton

If you or someone in your household is exposed to covid or experiencing symptoms:
 

 

If a student or co-worker is exposed to covid or experiencing symptoms:
 

  • Tell them to stay off campus
  • Instruct them to report exposure/symptoms here: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?PikesPeakCC&layout_id=100
  • Tell them to wait for further instructions from our Pandemic Response Team. They will contact you.
  • Tell them to not return to campus until you are cleared by the Pandemic Response team.

 

Be well and stay safe,

Lance
Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

August 13, 2021

Letter from President Bolton

Dear PPCC Community,

Following Chancellor Garcia’s August 11th email regarding CCCS plans for the fall 2021 semester, I want to update our plans for the fall semester. Our goals are:

  • To protect faculty, staff, and students, and ensure the health and safety of our community.
  • To preserve our on-campus mission of providing students with educational access and services.

We all hoped that by the fall semester we could resume completely normal operations. But with Delta variant COVID-19 cases rising across the country, we must still maintain precautions. I am confident that by working together and continuing to make a concerted effort to be as safe as possible, we can have a successful semester.

After consulting with El Paso County Public Health and representatives from across the College, I am announcing the following protocols for the fall semester: 

Please Get Vaccinated!

Getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to ensure that PPCC can operate safely and in-person. The vaccine protects you and others, and it protects the College’s ability to fulfill our mission of student success.

The College is working with El Paso County Public Health to arrange mobile vaccination clinics on our campuses. The vaccines will be free and available to all members of the community. More details will be forthcoming. 

As an added incentive, we will offer $100 in gift cards to every unvaccinated student or employee who gets their first vaccination starting August 16 and continuing through September 30. You will receive $50 after each shot of the two-dose vaccines, or $100 if you receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To receive your gift cards, please upload your vaccination card after each first dose and fill out the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Registry.

If you were already vaccinated, THANK YOU! Please upload your vaccination card to the Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccination Registry and you will be entered into a drawing for several prizes: one grand prize of $1,500, two prizes of $1,000 each, and six prizes of $250 each. Sharing your vaccination status allows us to quickly manage our response to potential exposure to COVID-19 on-campus. Reporting your vaccination status is completely voluntary and will be used only for PPCC pandemic response purposes.

Once they are vaccinated, PPCC students will also be eligible for one of five $1,000 scholarships as well as two $5,000 scholarships being offered system-wide in partnership with Amazon 

Like most of our sister colleges, PPCC has not yet instituted a vaccine requirement for all employees. However, as Chancellor Garcia noted in his August 11 system-wide email, that could change once the vaccines receive full FDA approval and if COVID-19 rates continue to rise. 

Some programs, including the Law Enforcement Academy and Nursing, are instituting vaccination requirements based on the unique nature of their learning environments. Other programs that wish to consider vaccination requirements should consult with their divisional deans.  

Masking Requirements

As of August 16, regardless of vaccination status, all students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear masks indoors on all our campuses, except when alone in a private office. National and local health officials have emphasized the importance of mask wearing as a means of lowering transmission of the virus.

Masks will be provided for anyone without one. Faculty and staff who would like to use clear masks may request them from divisional offices and/or your supervisor.

Employees requesting an exemption to the mask requirement may contact Human Resources. Students may request exemptions from Accessibility Services.

Testing

The COVID-19 mobile testing team that had been at our Rampart campus is now at Chapel Hills Mall; COVID-19 testing is also offered at the Citadel Mall. Testing is free and available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Anyone interested in obtaining a COVID test can check the El Paso County Public Health website for additional locations.

Classroom Protocols

Faculty are expected to wear masks while in the classroom; if you are able to teach outdoors, you can take your mask off to lecture. Faculty are empowered to require students to wear masks. Students who are not in compliance, and who do not have an authorized exemption, can be asked to leave the classroom.

Seating Charts Required

Should a student or faculty member test positive for COVID-19, it is vitally important that the College be able to contact other students or faculty who are considered close contacts. To facilitate effective and quick contact tracing, faculty should create a seating chart for their classes and take attendance at each session. El Paso County Public Health strongly recommends seating charts as a best practice in contact tracing.

Of course, seating charts will not work perfectly in all settings, such as labs or classrooms where students move around or work in all small groups. However, they are a very important tool in facilitating effective contact tracing, and as much as possible, faculty need to keep accurate seating charts.

Classes taught in high school settings (or at any off-campus location) must follow the guidance of those locations or high schools.

Faculty should consult their divisional deans if they have questions.

Campus operations including Student Services and Administrative Services will continue as they are currently offered.

If You Are Sick or Symptomatic, Stay Home!

While we are all eager to rejoin our colleagues and students on campus, it is extremely important that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms stay home and report their symptoms here.  In addition, if you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, please stay at home until those results are confirmed. 

These precautions are for the safety of everyone in the community. Even seemingly minor symptoms should be taken seriously, and faculty, staff and students should err on the side of caution.

In addition to completing the COVID-19 Reporting form, faculty who need to stay home should contact their students and department chairs, and when possible, switch classes to a remote setting. Faculty and staff should also continue to encourage students to report if they are symptomatic.

Staff who need to stay home should contact their supervisors.

All of these plans stem from many hours of consultation between PPCC leaders and El Paso County Public Health leaders, and are based on current national, state, and local public health guidance. They follow executive orders from the Governor’s office and policies enacted by CCHE and CCCS.  Please keep in mind that COVID-19 and the resulting COVID policies continue to shift quickly.  At any time, and potentially with little notice, our plans could change.  We are doing our best to meet the goals of keeping all members of the PPCC community safe while also providing for the educational needs of our students.  In doing so, we are making decisions today that may change depending on how COVID-19 continues to impact our state and region in the coming weeks and months.

I thank everyone in advance for their dedication to the community and our students. By joining together, and continuing to focus on safety, we can have a healthy and safe semester.

A virtual Town Hall meeting will be held to discuss these protocols, and any questions or concerns, on Wednesday, Aug.18 from 2-3 p.m. The Zoom link to attend the Town Hall is: https://ppcc-edu.zoom.us/j/88910345362

 

Be well and be safe,

Lance

August 11, 2021

CCCS Statement from CCCS Chancellor Garcia

CCCS Plan for Fall 2021

Introduction

With the widespread availability of vaccines, many experts thought—and we all hoped—that we were headed for a more normal fall semester of academic and social interactions on our campuses and in our classrooms. However, the dramatic spread of the Delta variant and other factors have raised new concerns and challenges for our system of 13 colleges. In the face of these new challenges, national, state, and local public health experts have expressed with renewed urgency that vaccination remains the surest way to slow the spread and severity of COVID-19 and its variants.

From the beginning of this pandemic and throughout the last 18 months of its evolution, we have had the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority. We have been guided by the information and directives that have come from our local, state, and national health authorities, and we will continue to do so as we move into the fall semester and the new academic year. At the same time, we recognize that our primary mission is to provide post-secondary educational opportunities to the students and communities we serve, and we have endeavored to maintain our focus on our statutory mission of providing equitable access for all who seek to improve their lives through education. Although we were hopeful that the worst days of the pandemic would be over by now, that is not the present reality. We are in the difficult position of balancing the health and safety of our employees, students, and communities with the need to preserve access to education. The protocols set forth below are our best hope for achieving that balance.

Considerations for Fall 2021

The safety protocols as set forth in this document are based on information currently available and public health recommendations as they exist as of August 2021. As with everything related to the pandemic, these protocols are subject to change as we learn more about COVID-19 and its variants, and as may be required by differing circumstances in the many communities we serve. It is also likely that local health authorities may impose requirements in communities where our colleges are located that are more restrictive than those set forth below. In such cases, institutions in those communities will follow the more restrictive local requirements, including requirements involving vaccinations, testing, reporting, masking, social distancing, and capacity restrictions. What will not change are our priorities of safety for our students, staff, and communities, and preserving access for our students.

Masking and Vaccination Requirements

Medical experts generally agree that vaccinations and masking are the best means of limiting the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and minimizing the likelihood of hospitalization and death. We also know that many of our students learn best in traditional classrooms with face-to-face instruction, and that the risk of COVID-19 transmission exists under those conditions. At present, all our colleges plan to return to face-to-face teaching and learning with the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. Therefore, to reduce the chances of COVID-19 transmission, we are strongly urging all individuals in any group setting on our campuses to wear masks and follow other safety protocols such as regularly sanitizing surfaces, washing hands, and physical distancing, where practical.

In recognition of the fact that each of our colleges is in a different community with different vaccination and positivity rates, and each is under the direction and control of a different local health authority, the Presidents of our 13 colleges are authorized to implement COVID-19 mitigation strategies, including mask requirements in all college buildings, as dictated by local conditions and in consultation with their local public health agencies. Universal mask wearing is strongly encouraged.

Students will continue to have access to a wide range of remote, hybrid, and online course options as needed to accommodate individual circumstances. For students who cannot wear masks for medical reasons, all colleges will continue to provide access to the accommodation process.

At the System Office, effective August 16th, all individuals entering our facilities, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, must wear a mask if they are in any public space or in the presence of others. The mask requirement will not apply when individuals are in their own workspace and not in the presence of others.

At this time, the Colorado Community College System strongly encourages all employees and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Free vaccination clinics will be available at our colleges and at many sites throughout the state. As an added incentive, the CCCS Foundation and Amazon recently announced the Shot at a Scholarship program, which will award 67 scholarships to vaccinated community college students across the state. The web link is: https://www.cccs.edu/shot-at-a-scholarship/.

The message from virtually all public health and medical experts has been and remains clear—the best way to protect yourself and others is through vaccination. While we are not now requiring vaccinations for all students and employees, our goal is to encourage all who access our college campuses to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Full FDA approval of vaccines appears likely in the very near future. Once that is the case, it is likely that we will require all employees to be vaccinated and may require those who are not vaccinated to be tested regularly, particularly if COVID-19 outbreaks occur or persist on our campuses or in our communities. In that event, all CCCS employees will be required to attest that they are fully vaccinated, or that they have claimed an allowable and identified exemption as permitted by Federal and State law. Plans and details regarding vaccination attestation and exemptions will be handled by each of the 13 colleges.

It is also possible that we will require the same of all students who wish to access in- person instruction on any of our campuses. Just as we have an obligation to provide educational access to our communities, we have an obligation to help keep our communities safe, and we will take such action as is necessary in furtherance of that goal.

Honor system for staying at home and symptom reporting

Everyone in the CC CS community, whether vaccinated or not, is expected to stay at home and get tested if they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (such as fever or chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea), or upon discovering that there is a reasonable chance that they have been recently exposed to  someone with COVID-19.

I appreciate the efforts and resourcefulness of our faculty and staff in adjusting to this ever-changing public health situation. Just as our system has done throughout the 18 months of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor conditions carefully, listen to guidance from local, state and national public health experts, and make the best decisions possible for our students and our employees.

Joe Garcia

Chancellor

 

July 20, 2021

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Team,

There have been questions about whether our COVID-related operating protocols for this coming Fall semester have changed.  Below is an update on our anticipated plans:

  • Vaccinations: Not required, but strongly encouraged.  Note: There are exceptions; a few specific departments are requiring vaccinations of students.   You might be interested to know that the Delta Variant now accounts for 90% of Colorado cases.  It is estimated to be far more infectious than the original Coronavirus.  It may also be making people sicker.  Please get vaccinated!
  • Masks for indoor spaces: Not required for vaccinated people.  Masks are required for those not vaccinated, however, we are not taking on the role as a college of trying to police who has been vaccinated and who has not.  We are using an honor system for this practice.  We will support anyone who chooses to wear a mask.
  • Social Distancing: Not required and often not possible as we return to campus this fall.  With the Governor’s July 8th rescinding of emergency orders, we are no longer required to practice social distancing.  Further, 6-foot distancing is not possible in most PPCC classrooms.  Online, Live Remote, Hybrid, and HyFlex classes are all options for students who might have concerns about being on campus this Fall semester.
  • RRC Testing Site: The El Paso County Health Department COVID testing site moved from the Rampart Range Campus to Chapel Hills Mall; their move will help with multiple issues including parking and concerns about sick people entering our buildings looking for the testing site.

We are working on student vaccination incentives funded by external groups including Amazon and additional on-campus vaccination clinics to try to increase vaccination rates.  As always, the situation with our COVID protocols is fluid and changes could occur.  Our greatest risks right now are low vaccination rates and the rapid spread of the Delta Variant.  We implore folks to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their loved ones.  It also helps us all return safely to normal operations. 

 

Stay safe and be well,

Lance

June 21, 2021

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC,

At our last town hall meeting there was a question regarding COVID testing at the Rampart Range Campus, and whether that would continue this fall.  Several issues emerged including the impact on parking and the incidence of folks coming into the building looking for the testing center.  Since then there have been multiple conversations with our public health department. El Paso County and PPCC agreed the best course is to relocate the testing center to Chapel Hills Mall. The testing site will move effective July 1st.

 

Robin Widmar has been the lead on this for PPCC.  She’s done a great job as our liaison with El Paso County Public Health.

 

June 14, 2021

Email to PPCC Faculty and Staff

Investing in PPCC Employee and Student Success

Dear PPCC,

On May 18th and 19th we hosted a professionally facilitated Strategic Planning Sprint on campus to plan for the coming year and consider strategic investments of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) resources we received from the federal government.  We convened on campus with representatives from all areas of the college present and participating.  We reviewed the past year’s remarkable accomplishments and challenges.  We identified issues that will likely be active components in our coming 5-year strategic planning update (we expect to update our current plan, Vision 2022, beginning in fall semester and finishing up early in 2022).  We turned most of our attention, however, to the coming year and three key focus areas:

  1. Enrollment – We lost significant (approximately 9%) enrollment last year and we are trending down significantly for the current year.  We must reverse this trend to serve students, community, and our college well.
  2. Student Success – Students enrolling in August bring significantly different and new experiences because of the pandemic.  Both recent high school graduates, adult students, and concurrent enrollment students are arriving with less preparation, greater mental and physical health challenges, and greater financial need.
  3. Supporting PPCC Employees – Our college team experienced the pandemic in many different ways.  Many of our team continued serving on campus, others have been away from campus for many months.  Some of our team experienced illness, loss, and grief.  Others found that they thrived in the new pandemic-created work environment.  We thought deeply about how to support everyone.


We talked about the considerable HEERF resources PPCC received and challenged ourselves to think big and to think differently.  We have roughly $14 million dollars of direct student aid funding available and an equal amount available for institutional needs.  Some of the institutional funds are moving to our general fund in the form of revenue recovery and COVID expenses.  However, we still have significant resources available to help us meet the challenges our college faces in the coming year.  We adopted a posture of looking at the changing world we face and resources available as a tremendous opportunity.
 

Decisions made include the following:

  • Hire HEERF grant-funded positions for Advisors, Enrollment Specialists, and Coaches:
    • Advising – 15 Fulltime and 10 Part-time positions
    • Enrollment – 11 Fulltime positions
    • Coaching – 10 to 20 Positions (Full and Part-time)
  • Forgive Student Debt
    • We used HEERF resources to pay off student debt – approximately 3.0 million dollars. 
      • This eliminated enrollment holds allowing students to enroll: This helped students and our enrollment numbers; it brought resources back to the college.
  • Provide student stipends to students who identify as having financial need.
    • We will use a portion of the direct student aid $14 million dollars to provide student supports.
      • $500 stipends to registered students before the semester (around mid-August) to help them with the cost of attendance including paying for technology, books, supplies, or living costs.
      • Stipends to students during Fall semester based on our previous “Passport Program” developed by an outstanding PTK group a few years ago.  Our plan is to base those stipend payments on students identifying as having financial need and doing certain things we know are connected to student success.  For example, students might need to visit a tutor, an advisor, and complete a FAFSA to receive the stipend.
  • This year we equipped 25% of PPCC classrooms with Hy-Flex Technology; we will complete additional rooms at a pace of approximately 25 or more per semester until all of our rooms are equipped with Hy-Flex capability.
  • Introduction of process for employees to apply for flexible 4-day schedules and remote work opportunities
  • Mental Health First Aid Training available to employees
  • On-campus celebration lunch and gatherings on July 6th
  • Contracting with 24/7 mental health support for PPCC students

 

Additional proposals/activities in fast-track development:

  • Dramatically increase funding for on-campus employment of students (proposed $1 million dollar increase for the coming academic year).
  • Build capability for Deans, Associate Deans, and Faculty to easily send welcome / introduction letters to students in their programmatic areas.
  • Specialized outreach to concurrent enrollment students
  • Identify new ways to engage “applied but not enrolled” students.  About 40% of PPCC students who apply to our college actually attend classes; PPCC matches national averages.
  • Scholarship new high school graduates who enroll at PPCC into AAA109 summer classes with compressed schedule to fight “summer melt”.
  • Significantly increase course offerings of evening and compressed schedule courses to attract more adult students beginning in Fall semester.
  • Continue tracking and responding to student enrollment for courses: In-Person, Live Remote, Hybrid, Hy-Flex, and Online
  • Increasing wages and capacity at our Child Development Centers
  • Hiring a PLA Director to continue the good work of Alberto Teixeira to assure our military and veteran students are given credit for their military education, training and experience.
     

Not part of this Strategic Sprint work, but underway and critical to PPCC and our success are additional initiatives:

  • New Student Forum – connecting students and faculty through virtual forums to build connection, answer questions, offer encouragement, and create a sense of belonging (YAY for HIPS leaders Robin and JoEllen).
  • Marketing – We have increased our marketing budget with special focus on digital marketing; especially interesting is an effort to record and promote student success stories in their own words.
  • Improve the automated communication processes connected to enrollment for prospective students as they work through Navigate.
  • Increase fulltime faculty ratios and faculty diversity especially in gateway courses
  • Implementing our outstanding new Online Orientation that is now mandatory for new students.
  • New academic programs:
    • Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design
    • Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistance
    • Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance and Mechatronics
    • Associate of Applied Science in Health, Wellness, and Fitness
    • Associate Degree in Secure Coding
    • Facilities Maintenance Certificate

Certainly the listings above are not exhaustive and many, many worthy efforts are ongoing in departments across the college that are designed to improve student access and success.  I’m grateful for every PPCC employee and the work you’ve done over the past year to help us continue operating our college with excellence.  We could not have achieved the tremendous success we did without each person’s commitment and hard work this year.  It was a tough, exhausting year, yet we persisted and accomplished our mission well.  My wish for all of you is that you’re able to find time to rest and recharge this summer.  Thank you again for being kind and caring people who took care of our students and each other through this most extraordinary and difficult time.

 

Best,

Lance

May 25, 2021

Email to Faculty, Staff and Students

Dear students, staff and faculty,

To help us create a safer working environment, we encourage everyone who hasn’t to get a vaccination. It protects you and others.

PPCC will be hosting two appointment-only vaccination clinics, arranged through El Paso County Public Health. 

The vaccines are free and you will receive info on how to get the second shot at the clinic.


Centennial Campus 

Date: 6/8/21
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Centennial Campus Atrium
Vaccine: Pfizer
Available to Ages 12 and up
 

Rampart Range Campus

Date: 6/10/21
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Rampart Range Campus Atrium
Vaccine: Pfizer
Available to Ages 12 and up

 

Below are the registration links for the mobile vaccine clinics:
 

Pikes Peak Community College – Centennial Campus (6/8)

https://www.comassvax.org/appointment/en/client/registration?clinic_id=2869&find_label=find_location&return_to=%2Fappointment%2Fen%2Fclinic%2Fsearch

Pikes Peak Community College – Rampart Range Campus (6/10) 

https://www.comassvax.org/appointment/en/client/registration?clinic_id=2870&find_label=find_location&return_to=%2Fappointment%2Fen%2Fclinic%2Fsearch

Thanks again for working to keep us all safe as we head toward what we hope will be the final phase of the pandemic.

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May 20, 2021

Email to Students

 Dear PPCC Students,

As Dr. Bolton stated, individuals on campus are no longer required to wear masks. PPCC is moving immediately to a new practice of encouraging those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask. If you are sick or are experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, do not come to campus and fill out the PPCC COVID Report Form. Below is a summary of PPCC’s updated COVID-19 policies.

No Tracking of Anyone’s Vaccination Status

We will not check or otherwise track anyone’s vaccination status with regard to mask-wearing; this will be an honor system. Vaccination status will only be verified if an individual is exposed to a COVID-positive person and wishes to be exempt from quarantine requirements. 

PPCC continues to urge all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated.  It’s the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community from the virus. PPCC will be offering on-campus vaccination clinics during the first two weeks of June 2021 at Centennial and Rampart Range Campuses for students, faculty/staff, and the community. Please look for emails later this week with clinic locations, dates, and times, as well as how to sign up for a vaccination time slot.

Impact of Vaccination for COVID-19

As of May 13, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control has issued new Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

Fully vaccinated* people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

 

For now, fully vaccinated* people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
  • Follow applicable PPCC policies

 

*For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen). 

 

To protect others who are unvaccinated for medical or non-medical reasons, we ask that you adhere to the following PPCC COVID-19 policies even if you are fully vaccinated:

 

Self-Assessment and Reporting

All students regardless of vaccination status are expected to remain off-campus if they are symptomatic. Please perform a self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms each day you plan on coming to campus, prior to your arrival. Take your temperature and self-monitor for any of the below symptoms. If you have symptoms based on your self-assessment, please remain off-campus, fill out the PPCC COVID Report Form, and inform your instructors.  

 

  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Temperature that exceeds 100.4°
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain and body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Feel fatigued more than normal
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

 

Social Distancing on Campus

All students regardless of vaccination status are expected to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet or more from other faculty, staff, and students while on campus.

 

Masks

Wearing of masks is no longer mandatory, but we encourage anyone who is unvaccinated to continue wearing a mask. We also remind everyone that it’s OK for anyone to wear a mask on campus. 

 

May 17, 2021

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC,

Effective Today: PPCC is not requiring masks on campus.

We received new guidance on facial coverings/masks on Friday from Governor Polis (see below). 

PPCC is moving immediately to a new practice of encouraging those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask. We will not check people’s vaccination status; this will be an honor system.  We also remind everyone that it’s ok for anyone to wear a mask on campus.  Campus signage is being updated this week to reflect our new practice

We are moving back toward normalcy 😊.

PPCC continues to urge all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated.  It’s the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community from the virus.

April 28, 2021

Message from CCCS Chancellor Garcia

 

April 28, 2021 (Denver) – Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Chancellor Joe Garcia announced today that CCCS will continue to follow recommendations of health authorities but does not intend on mandating COVID-19 vaccines for all students, faculty, or staff for the Fall 2021 semester.

The system will continue to strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to not only get vaccinated, but to follow all other safety protocols. “The health and safety of the students, faculty, and staff is our top priority,” said Garcia. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have closely followed the recommendations of national, state, and local health authorities. We moved quickly to remote instruction and support face coverings, social distancing, testing, and quarantining when necessary, all while delivering on our mission and ensuring access for countless Coloradans.”

As community college students are more likely to work part-time or full-time jobs, be parents, and have limited resources, CCCS seeks to remove barriers to educational pursuits and serve all learners as student-ready institutions.

Online learning is still heavily used across CCCS colleges as a way to support social distancing protocols. For those who do attend class on campus, community college classes are small, typically about 20 students, and follow safety recommendations by health authorities.

The rural colleges that have residence halls and athletic teams may require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, like other immunization requirements to participate in intercollegiate athletics or to live in residence halls. As with other vaccines, students with medical, religious, or personal reasons will have the option to request an exemption.

March 17, 2021

Letter from President Bolton

Dear PPCC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Continued Vigilance is Critical:

COVID continues to threaten the health of all members of the PPCC community and the operations of our college.  If you think you’ve been exposed, have symptoms, or have tested positive, please report this informaion here: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?PikesPeakCC&layout_id=100

Reporting helps us keep everyone safe.  Masks and Social Distancing continue to be required on all PPCC campuses. 

Updates:

The pandemic continues to shift, but generally improved since I last sent an all-college communication.  Incidence of disease dropped rapidly in January from frightening highs we recorded in November and December.  However, we’ve remained on a plateau for the last couple of months averaging around 775 new cases each week in El Paso County.  Here’s the link to the El Paso County COVID dashboard; no county in the state is doing a better job of providing transparent data about illness numbers:  https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard

In spite of the improvements, we continue to see significant numbers of student and employee cases occurring.  Our COVID student team led by Dr. Dawna Haynes has investigated, supported, communicated as needed on over 250 reported possible cases or exposures so far this year.  That’s an enormous workload!  We’ve recorded 42 actual positives among students (12 were on campus and 30 were not on campus) and 9 positives among employees (with 6 on campus) since January.  Valerie Newcomb continues to lead the effort for supporting employees.  Dawna, Valerie, and their teams have invested tremendous time, energy, and emotionally impactful commitment to supporting our COVID positive and possible positive students and staff.  They have served us all, and helped to keep us all safe with their tremendous dedication.

It has been a tough year, but good news is coming in the form of vaccines.  Governor Polis designated Higher Education employees as a priority 1B.4 group with access beginning on March 19th.  Faculty and staff, look for additional details on vaccine distribution in the coming days.  Perhaps even more encouraging are Governor Polis’ statements on having all Coloradans who want the vaccine to have access.  Below is a quote from Colorado Public Radio:

Gov. Jared Polis now expects to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all Coloradans 16 and older by the middle of April and he expects everyone that age who wants a vaccine to be fully protected by the end of June.

“We expect to more or less have a normal summer,” said the governor, adding that he’d already signed up his kids for summer camp with the expectation that camps and other summer activities will move forward

Here is a link about vaccine distribution from our El Paso County Health Department: https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine

This is great news from our Governor because it points us toward a Fall 2021 semester of normal operations.  We expect Fall semester to be back to normal and back in class!  We expect summer operations to mostly look exactly like current operations. 

Students, over the past year we’ve sent out emails with invitations to apply for and receive financial assistance from the federal funds allocated to the college by congress to help our communities recover from the pandemic.  PPCC put millions of dollars into student hands quickly and efficiently helping students stay in school and on track.  The American Rescue Plan (ARP) just approved by Congress and signed by President Biden promises to deliver millions of additional dollars to PPCC for direct student support.  Please keep a close eye on communications from the college for information on how we will distribute those funds to help you (students) stay on track with your educational journey.  We have not received the funds yet, but we expect they will arrive in four to six weeks; we are working on a plan to help the most students with the largest grants possible.  Our data from the past year show that students receiving federal pandemic relief funds were more likely to stay in school and on track.  We will communicate with you by email if you are eligible to receive funds.  Your prompt response may be required.

We learned a great deal through the pandemic about using technology to better serve students.  Based on this learning, we are offering more options than ever for students to take classes from PPCC.  More information is available here: https://www.ppcc.edu/summer-plans  In addition we will continue to offer remote support for advising, tutoring, and other student supports.  We know that using technology played a key role in helping many students stay on track with their academic journey.  Our teams in Student Services including Advising, Testing, Financial Aid, Student Life, Accessibility Services, Dean of Students Office, and Enrollment did a tremendous job helping students navigate processes throughout the pandemic.  Our faculty, with extraordinary agility, adapted their instruction to help all students be successful.  We are thankful for every PPCC team member’s dedication.  Across all areas of the college we led and continue to lead with kindness, empathy, understanding, and grace for the many ways we are all (employees and students) suffering and struggling to make it through the pandemic.  On any random day, at any time, a kind, caring word to a colleague, peer, student, or friend could make an enormous difference in that person’s life.  Take the time today to check in on someone and find out how they’re doing.  You’ll be uplifted by that experience as well.

Students, you’ve inspired us all with your grit and determination.  I can hardly wait to celebrate you at graduation!

Be well,

Dr. Lance Bolton

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Letter from President Bolton

Dear PPCC Team, 

I’m writing to offer an update on our summer and fall semester plans.

Summer 2021 - Right now we believe summer semester will operate using the same or very similar guidelines to our current operations.  We may be able to have more people back on campus, but the specific guidelines are dependent on vaccination rates and COVID disease numbers in our region.  The best advice I can offer from my vantage point today is to plan on summer looking the same as our current operations.
 

Fall 2021 - Local, state, and national public health officials are consistently predicting that everyone who wants a vaccine will have access to vaccination by the end of summer.  With that in mind, we are planning significant shifts back to on-campus operations for fall semester.  

Our schedule and catalog planning have most courses returning to campus for in-person instruction.  We are, however, planning both Hyflex and Live Remote classes in high demand disciplines to better serve students and determine the level of ongoing demand for these classes.  Large departments with high demand classes will offer alternate modalities of Hyflex and Live Remote throughout the day and week. We further expect the Fall version of Live Remote to be 100% live, a big change from the current 25% live minimum requirement. Finally, we also expect to make schedule changes in response to student demand offering more or fewer alternative mode classes depending on student enrollment.

Faculty and staff should anticipate a return to campus for fall semester.  We expect K-12 schools will return to normal operations, although like us, they may also offer more remote options for those who find they are better served through remote instruction.  We have in places learned that we may serve students equally well from remote locations as on campus. I’m employing two guiding principles for making decisions about returning to on-campus work:

1. What best serves students - this is our primary objective.  As we think through this guiding principle, I ask that it be approached from the perspective of best serving all students.  Our goal is to use an equity lens to ensure we provide student supports and learning environments that help all students be successful. Looking at supporting our students with equity in outcomes in mind, helps us make sure that all students are well cared for and supported.

2. Make decisions about working environments as close to the work as possible.  In other words, I’m asking our VP’s to work closely with their teams to make recommendations about on-campus vs. remote work options.

It isn’t clear yet whether accommodations as we currently have for many employees will be in place for fall.  My best guess is that the current state of emergency will be lifted by the governor and accommodations will be few and look more like pre-COVID time by the beginning of Fall semester.

I hope this information can assist you in planning both for work and home/family.  Of course the situation with COVID remains fluid and things could change based on the emergence of new variants, new vaccines, new treatments, or other unexpected events.  I pledge to continue my efforts to keep you all updated as more information becomes available.
 

Be well,

Lance

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

February 15, 2021

Letter from President Bolton

Dear PPCC,

Below is information on the new public health orders from Governor Polis.  I’ve had a few questions about El Paso County moving to Yellow on the COVID dial.  This change is great news and indeed illness numbers are down very significantly from January and will hopefully continue to fall.  However, the change in our status to level Yellow does not change any operating plans for the college.  

Once again for your convenience, the El Paso County Covid dial and dashboard website is linked here:

https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard

As you’ll see our improvements in COVID numbers are dramatic.  

Vaccines

All of the Colorado’s Public Higher Ed CEO’s met with the Governor recently asking for higher priority for college and university faculty and frontline staff in the vaccination process.  At this point we don’t have anything new to report from their efforts, although a possible encouraging sign is that we were asked to provide some employee numbers regarding frontline staff and faculty who are, or will be, teaching or supporting students in person.  

Fall and Summer Operations

I remain optimistic that we will be operating normally by Fall ‘21.  Most public health folks that I’m hearing from at the local, state, and national level are projecting that those who want to be vaccinated, will be vaccinated by the end of summer.  

I expect Summer will likely look more like our current semester with the majority of classes still being remote.  However, if we are able to move back further on the COVID Dial that may open additional opportunities for more in-person class options.  As always, there remains considerable uncertainty.  We will continue to do our best to build plans that best serve our students while keeping faculty and staff safe.  We will also continually monitor progress in fighting COVID for needs or opportunities to make changes in our plans.

Graduation

A great deal of thought and planning has already been invested in trying to determine the best course for handling this year’s graduation.  We know for certain that we will offer a virtual graduation ceremony; it was a big hit last year and was the most watched graduation we’ve ever held.  For many of our students who have family in other parts of the country or world this was a huge win.  I expect virtual graduation ceremonies are here to stay.  

However, we also want to offer an in-person graduation celebration as well.  The direction that we are leaning right now is to host students, their families, and close friends in our theater through a sign-up process over a week or more.  Using a signup reservation process, they will be able to receive their diploma (cover) have their pictures made on stage, hopefully with family if they’d like, and have their name called out for recognition.  Full details of the process are still being determined.  We’ve considered other options including the World Arena and various outdoor options.  However, using our own theater for socially distanced, sign-up reservation process seems to minimize risk and these days I believe folks are generally uninterested in taking on more risk and uncertainty.

 

It’s going to be bitter cold this weekend, a stress test for our HVAC systems for sure!  Please stay warm, stay safe, and be careful out there.
 

Best,

Lance


Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

January 20, 2021

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Welcome back to Spring Semester 2021!  We are glad you’re here, and we are committed to your success whether your are a student, an employee, or both!

Students,

We have many resources available to support your success.  Please take advantage of the available resources, doing so greatly increases student success.

  • If you need help with anything at PPCC you can call us at (710) 502-2000.  Our phone team can direct you to the right resources.
  • You can also visit our virtual front desk here:  https://www.ppcc.edu/enroll   You will find folks there ready to help.
  • If you’ve sought help, but can’t find the right person, then PPCC Ombudsperson, Sarah Kitonsa, may be able to assist.  You can reach her here:ombuds@ppcc.edu
  • Our Learning Commons (Tutors who are free and available to all students and Library Resources) and Computer Labs are open and ready to serve you.  More information is here: https://www.ppcc.edu/learning-commons
  • Our faculty are excited for your return and eager to support your success.  Please connect with your faculty members and let them know of your desire to be a successful student.  Make sure you understand your syllabus and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  We are all here for you.

Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back, I know you share my excitement at having students once again on campus.  Its still the quietest first day of Spring semester ever, but some of our students are back in person.  This is still a tough time for many of us both employees and students.  Please keep in mind the challenges many of our students are facing.  Please let leadership know if you are running into problems or challenges including technology issues in your classroom or your remote connection, students needing assistance with access to technology, questions about working/being on campus, assistance with access to sanitizers or requests for cleaning, special needs you have to improve instruction in the time of COVID, or anything else that might arise.  Please keep in mind that students are counting on you to provide information about your course meeting plans.  You likely cannot overcommunicate about in-person, remote, online, and Hyflex courses and how they will work for students.  Please be absolutely certain your students understand when and how your course will meet.

All,

Please keep in mind our COVID protocols:

  • Masks are required on campus in all public areas.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet is required in all areas.
  • Reporting of illness or possible COVID exposure is critical and required for faculty, staff, and students.  The link to the reporting form is here:https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?PikesPeakCC&layout_id=4
  • Vaccines are coming, but at this point we don’t have details about when they might start becoming available for us; we will keep you posted as more information becomes available.  I’m hopeful of an acceleration in distribution of vaccines.

This is going to be a wonderful semester!  I expect we will see improvement in COVID numbers and our ability to gather together as the semester progresses.  As of now, we are planning an in-person graduation, with a backup virtual plan also in the works.  I can hardly wait to celebrate with you, students, staff, and faculty who persevered through this pandemic!  It will be the sweetest celebration!  So please, hang in there, ask for help when you need it, stay focused, and we will get there together!

Be well,

Lance

December 4, 2020

Letter from the President

Dear PPCC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

On Friday December 4th, we received notification from El Paso County’s Department of Health of  two PPCC outbreaks.  The outbreak notification indicated one outbreak involved two students in a biology class, the other involved two student employees in a Centennial computer lab. Affected individuals were quarantined.

On Friday, November 27, El Paso County moved officially to “RED - Severe Risk” status on the Public Health COVID Dial.  The link to our excellent El Paso County Health Department COVID Dashboard is here:  https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard

We are maintaining minimal staffing at the college while meeting our mission and serving prospective and current students.  Please do not come to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.  Student services are available remotely. Information about COVID and remote services, reporting illness, and past updates are all available here:  https://www.ppcc.edu/office-president/presidential-communication-2/coronavirus


If you are on campus remember:

- Masks are mandatory

- Social Distancing is required

 

Be well,

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.
President, Pikes Peak Community College

November 23, 2020

Letter from the president

Dear PPCC,

Unsurprisingly, if you’re following the El Paso County Public Health Dashboard ( https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard ) we are moving to Level RED, Severe Risk beginning on Friday.  

Following the Governor’s Executive Orders, PPCC is able to continue with CTE courses on campus under level RED, if no reasonable alternative is available to moving those to remote instruction.  In addition, services such as access to our computer labs and bookstore will also continue.  Our guiding principle under Level RED is:

Maintain the lowest on campus staffing possible to continue carrying out the mission of our college.

The fewer people we have on campus, the more we protect the people, programs, and mission components of the college that cannot be accomplished remotely. 

I’m deeply concerned about the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday and the potential for accelerated spread of COVID.  Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones this holiday.  There is great news on the horizon with multiple vaccines showing very promising results, but the road over the coming weeks and months until those are widely available may be difficult.

Please be safe,

Lance

 

November 19, 2020

Rampart Range Campus is now a Covid Testing Site

All, staff, faculty and students,

Beginning Monday, November 23, 2020, the El Paso County Health Department has teamed with PPCC to be a drive through testing location for COVID-19. The Rampart Range Campus (RRC), Lot 1, located at the Southeast area of the RRC campus will be used to conduct testing on Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM from November 23, 2020 through March 2021. Anyone in the community is welcome to get a free test if they feel any on the following symptoms of COVID-19.

 

 

Most common symptoms include:

·         Fever

·         Dry cough

·         Tiredness

Less common symptoms:

·         Aches and pains

·         Sore throat

·         Diarrhea

·         Conjunctivitis

·         Headache

·         Loss of taste or smell

·         a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

·         Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

·         Chest pain or pressure

·         Loss of speech of movement

 

Seek immediate medical attention if you have serious symptoms. Always call before visiting your doctor or health facility.

On average it takes 5–6 days from when someone is infected with the virus for symptoms to show, however it can take up to 14 days

 

Thanks you for all your helping in spreading the information to the community.

 

Pikes Peak Community College Logo, links to website

James R. Barrentine ICPS, MEP, NEMAA

Chief of Police  & Director of EM
5675 S. Academy Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
office  719-502-2148
main office  719-502-2900

 

Nov. 17, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Students,

The El Paso County Health Department recently moved to Level 3 (Orange), High Risk. This move is caused by continued high incidence and positivity rates for COVID across our county.  Please see the link to the Health Department’s COVID Dashboard here:

https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard

Our goal remains, as it has been since the beginning of the pandemic, to protect the health and wellbeing of employees and students while accomplishing our institution’s mission.  The change to Level 3 does not require immediate action from PPCC, however, we are taking action out of concern and caution for all employees and students.

This means that more classes will move to remote instruction. Please contact your instructors, if they haven’t already contacted you, to see what this means for you. If you have the option of learning remotely, we encourage you to do so. 

We will keep computer labs, Student Services, Bookstore  and the Learning Commons open to support you on campus. But much of our support services will move to serve you remotely for the time being.

However we deliver instruction and support, know that our dedication to your safety is matched by our dedication to your education. Our instructors and support staff are here to help you reach your goals.

We know that the coming weeks could be very tough with holidays and families gathering.  Please take precautions and follow our health department guidelines.
 

- Do NOT come to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness

- Wear a face covering

- Keep yourself distanced from others


If you’re sick or know anybody else who is sick, please fill out this report.

Be safe, be well, and know that we’re here for you,

 

November 13, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Faculty and Staff,

Today the El Paso County Health Department is moving to Level 3 (Orange), High Risk. This move is caused by continued high incidence and positivity rates for COVID across our county.  Please see the link to the Health Department’s COVID Dashboard here:

https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/covid19data-dashboard

Our goal remains, as it has been since the beginning of the pandemic, to protect the health and wellbeing of employees and students while accomplishing our institution’s mission.  The change to Level 3 does not require immediate action from PPCC, however, we are taking action out of concern and caution for all employees and students.

This morning I directed PPCC Vice Presidents to work with their teams to immediately minimize on-campus employees while also protecting our ability to serve students and accomplish our mission.  More classes will move to remote instruction; all classes that have an option for remote learning should move away from on-campus instruction.  The timing and specifics of shifting our remaining classes and labs that can operate remotely are up to deans and faculty members.  Students will also receive a message on this today and will look to you, our faculty, for specific guidance about your classes.

The fewer people we have on campus, the more we are able to protect our mission and continue to serve students who don’t have a remote instruction option.  I expect minimal on-campus staffing to continue in Student Services, Learning Commons, Bookstore, and other areas that offer critical resources to students.  I expect all tutoring to move to remote support, but computer labs and Learning Commons resources are critical for our students and must remain accessible.

You’ve received already an invitation to a COVID update Q&A with me on Monday at 3:00 PM.  I know there are a lot of questions and concerns as COVID numbers continue rising rapidly in our county, and across the state.  I will do my best to be prepared to answer your concerns, and will have team members there to help.  The Vice Presidents are working immediately with their teams to determine needs and provide specific guidance to you.

I have deep gratitude for all of you who are working hard and struggling to maintain the excellence of instruction and service to our students that are the hallmarks of our college.  You’ve done heroic work, and I am grateful.  Today is tough seeing our county moving back to higher levels of restriction.  The coming weeks could be very tough with holidays and families gathering.  Please take precautions and follow our health department guidelines.

- Do NOT come to campus if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness

- Wear a mask

- Keep yourself distanced from others

 

Be safe, be well, and know that you are appreciated,

October 15, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

COVID Update - Linked cases on campus constituting an outbreak

Dear PPCC Community,

El Paso County Department of Health notified us today of a likely on-campus transmission between two students in NUA 101 (Section N10) on Centennial Campus.  All students in the class and faculty were notified of the initial case, and we are notifying students in the class of the second case today.  

These two students were connected by the Health Department’s contact tracing program.  Two connected cases on campus constitute an outbreak.

The likely student-to-student transmission occurred on September 28th with the two students testing positive on (October 3rd and October 13th).  The class has not met on campus since September 28th.

Please do follow mask and distancing guidelines and keep yourself and others safe.

October 9, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Spring Operating Plans

Dear PPCC community,

Just a reminder as we gear up for Spring 2021 (Spring Registration Opens 10-19-2020). Our methods of instruction will continue and expand on what we’ve done this fall:

On-Campus Classes

The course meets on designated days/times on-campus (in-person) for some, most, or all class meetings. Examples include welding and automotive technology. Some classes, such as science labs and studio art classes, are a mix of in person and online. Be assured that our safety protocols align completely with CDC and local health department guidelines.  Faculty communication to students of expectations for on-campus and remote instruction is critical.

Live Remote Classes

The course meets online with a live remote (online in real time) component. The live remote component of the class comprises 25% of the time spent in the course. Students, plan to be online in the “virtual” classroom during the designated days/times the class is scheduled to meet. Raise your hand and ask questions or make comments, just as you would in a physical classroom. These classes mix the convenience of online with the interaction of a traditional face to face class. All lecture classes will have a significant live component. Some of these classes may even meet for optional on-campus experiences, as long as we can do that safely. Students enrolled in these classes, however, would not be required to attend any limited on-campus experiences.

Online Classes

The course meets online with no expectation for on-campus meetings. You conduct your studies wherever or whenever you like. One major difference between PPCC’s online classes and many others is the support you can get from your instructors. Even virtually, they’re here for you.

Hybrid Classes

The course combines Online (for a percentage of the class time) and On-Campus or Live Remote on designated days/times (for a percentage of the class time) as defined by the instructor. Hybrid (blended) courses combine on-campus class sessions with online coursework. Students meet once a week (mostly remotely) for lecture and group activities with classmates. Remaining assignments are completed online in PPCC Online Campus (D2L). To be successful, you must have a computer and reliable internet connection or use on-campus computer labs to complete assignments.

Hyflex Classes

Hyflex classes were so popular this fall, we are expanding Hyflex to over 100 course sections and expanding classroom technology capabilities as well. With Hyflex, on any given day, you can choose to attend face to face, through live video remote, or access later a recorded session of the class. The course meets on a designated campus/room (in-person). Students may opt to attend the course on-campus, AND/OR via a remote synchronous (instruction delivered in real time online) platform OR online only. If students are not in the on-campus classroom, they are best served by attending the ‘virtual’ classroom during the designated days/times the class is scheduled to meet. However, students in Hyflex classes can watch a captured video of the class later for study purposes or if they had to miss the scheduled time of the class.

Students, we understand that these changes have been challenging, and you don’t need to go this alone. Your instructors and support services remain dedicated to helping your succeed. If you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out by calling our hotline at 719-502-2000.

COVID-19 safety protocols: we know that over time it’s natural to start getting lax in our practices. We absolutely CAN NOT let that happen. Unless you’re eating or drinking outside or in the lounges, you must socially distance and wear face coverings anytime you are on a PPCC campus. Our ability to prevent on-campus transmission of the virus protects our ability to have in-person classes and support for students.

Thank you and stay safe!

September 1, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Spring 2020 Plans

Dear PPCC Team,

We are barely out of the starting blocks for Fall Semester, and yet we are already needing to make plans and decisions about Spring 2021.  Early decisions are needed so that schedules can be built, and instructional plans finalized.  Conversations have happened across the college about Spring plans.  There is much to consider with many competing metrics and markers that might influence our Spring operational plan.

COVID numbers in El Paso County are trending down, and that’s great!  On the other hand, our health department is expressing significant concern about a likely post-Labor Day spike.  We saw similar spikes after Memorial Day and July 4th.  We are also still waiting to understand the impact of various K-12 decisions across the region, and the how their operations might effect virus case numbers.  Finally, we are also approaching traditional cold and flu season which may be especially challenging during the COVID pandemic.  

I am supportive of moves around the community to get more of our K-12, and especially more of our grammar school kids back in school.  I think they’ve suffered the most through the shut downs.  Although our moves to remote instruction have impacted students, by and large we’ve been successful.  Students are staying in school, on track, and making academic progress.  Our students, faculty, and staff are ensuring that our current operational model works well.

Therefore, expect Spring 2021 to look very similar operationally to Fall 2020.  We will likely continue increasing the number of Hyflex courses we are teaching.  Those courses have been a bright spot and worked well for most faculty and students.  Otherwise, I expect operations to look very similar in the spring to what we are doing now.

We are still assigning classes to rooms and times and we are working hard behind the scenes to preserve our ability to return to much higher levels of in-person instruction in the Spring should things change significantly.  Currently though the preponderance of evidence suggests we should move forward with our current operational model.

Thank you again for the incredible efforts across all facets of the college to make current operations successful.  I cannot overstate the planning and execution across the college that are allowing us to operate successfully, and achieve our mission of helping our students successfully achieve their goals.  The PPCC Team is nothing short of heroic and amazing!!

Thank you, stay safe, and may you experience joy in every day,

Lance

August 29, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

First Week of Classes - Thank You!

Dear PPCC Team,

We made it through our first week of classes.  It wasn’t very long ago that we had no idea what this first week might look like for us or anyone else in education.  We made it through; our operational model is evolving and growing our ability to serve students well in spite of COVID restrictions.

Many of you are facing additional hardship with childcare, rapidly changing K-12 policies, and extremely difficult choices in caring for vulnerable loved ones.  There is enormous strife and polarization in our country today, and not enough kindness and empathy.

In spite of this, you’ve carried off our noble mission this week with excellence and grace.  This weekend call an old friend, go outdoors to play, or seek solace in whatever ways restore your soul.  We are a team; we have a shared mission, and our combined work can help shape a better community, state, and nation.  Many of us have experienced loss and change on a scale we couldn’t have imagined eight months ago.  Yet, our work educating and supporting the education of the people of our community remains a most promising path forward for a better time for our country.

I know it is hard, I know many of you are facing enormous stress through a combination of home and work challenges.  Some of you may feel near your limit.  Ask for help! We are a team of people who care for each other and will offer a shoulder to lean on, wise advice, or perhaps most importantly, a patient ear to listen.  We care.

Thank you to every person who is part of the PPCC Team.  You’ve worked so hard, and still shown kindness and caring.  I’ve heard amazing stories this week from our college.  I know our culture of caring for our students and for each other shone brightly this week.

Thank you: now let us rest and be grateful for our meaningful work and our sustaining relationships,

Lance

July 31, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Team,

I know our college rumor mills are running hard right now with regard to COVID-19 cases, and often they help us disseminate information and get attention to critical issues.  That’s happening now with regard to positive Coronavirus cases on campus. Our rumor mill is helping to bring attention to positive test results on campus, and emphasizing the need for all of us to follow health department protocols for keeping ourselves and others safe.

However, the rumor mills are unhelpful when they create distrust, fear, or even panic. We take very seriously our responsibility to follow national, state, and local health and safety guidance.  We are in regular contact with our health department locally and through our system we also maintain contact with state level officials.  We are notifying people with possible exposure to Coronavirus-positive individuals as recommended by our state and local health departments.

Here is our current situation:

We had one employee test positive for Coronavirus - this was described in my email earlier this morning along with a detailed description of the college response.

We also have one student who tested positive.  We are following the same protocol in consultation with our health department to notify those who may have been exposed.

We currently have (and have always had since March) many “verbal, possible positives”. This has been an extremely difficult issue for PPCC, and in fact for all colleges, schools, and large organizations.  Many, many “verbal possible positives” have turned out to be false reports.  Across the community college system we have collectively tracked hundreds of these reports.  Both health department and legal guidance is that we take action and respond when we have a documented positive.  

It is imperative that we know with certainty through documentation that a person is positive in order to take action, notify others, close classrooms, shut-down building areas, ramp up maximum cleaning and sanitizing protocols and generally disrupt students and employees in their work. Based on the large number of false reports we have tracked as well as the experience of other colleges and schools, it would be irresponsible for us to act only on “verbal possible positives”.  Imagine the impact of a few individuals being able to close down classes, departments, or even the whole college by falsely reporting positives for Coronavirus.  Imagine as well the fear, anxiety, and chaos that false reports could generate if we took action on every “verbal possible positive”.

We are working closely with students and employees to get documentation of positives as quickly as possible, and we are taking swift and decisive action when those documented positives are identified.

We acknowledge receiving rapid documentation is a challenge; we are talking with the El Paso County Health Department about this challenge.  Folks being tested at UC Health, for example, can get their documented results quickly from a portal here: https://www.uchealth.org/services/infectious-diseases/coronavirus-covid-19/antibody-testing/

However, many of our students and staff may be tested through the VA, Peak Vista, or other facilities.  As of now, we do not have a single consistent pathway to recommend to assist our students or employees with quickly receiving documentation.  We do have a request pending with our health department asking them to act as a clearing house to confirm “verbal, possible positives”.  There are HIPAA concerns, but we’re trying work through those now.

This is the latest on positive test results on campus, as well as our efforts to build reliable and transparent processes and protocols that maximize safety, minimize chaos, and allow our students to successfully continue their education.

Stay safe, wash your hands, maximize your time outdoors, and smile, it’s almost the weekend!

Lance

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

July 31, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC,

As we approach the beginning of Fall semester, we are seeing significant upticks statewide and locally in COVID case numbers.  Happily, our numbers in El Paso County numbers declined over the past three days, but still county-wide and state-wide numbers are higher than any of us had hoped for at this point in the summer.

Preparing for Fall

I believe our fall instructional plans are in good shape and follow best practices for safety and educational excellence.  Dr. Baker and our Deans and Associate Deans as well as our amazing faculty are working hard to be prepared to provide engaging and excellent classes to all students.  Our HIPS and CETL teams are activated and preparing to provide trainings to all faculty before classes begin. Please see your PDW planning emails for more information.  Staff across the college are doing extraordinary work to adapt to the pandemic and continue meeting the needs of students and our college community. 

An On-Campus Coronavirus Positive Case

One area of attention that is still drawing concerns is how the college will respond to positive cases. Given the number of cases in El Paso County now (averaging over 50 new cases per day) it will happen, and in fact, has already happened.  Our first on-campus case occurred last week in Student Services.  The person is doing well and recovering at home.  The basics of the case are that the person was on-campus working on Wednesday (July 22nd), and believed they had some allergy issues occurring.  After going home that day and beginning to feel worse, was tested for Coronavirus.  The test came back positive over the weekend of July 26/27.  The employee did not return to campus after July 22nd.

PPCC Protocols for Responding to a Positive

Here is the protocol we followed for responding to the positive case on campus:

- Contact our System Office Team to let them know we have a positive case on campus.

- Contact our El Paso County Department of Health and let them know of the positive and follow their guidance.

Health Department Guidance:

- Ensure all people working on campus are following health department guidelines including required masks, social distancing, and hand washing.  (In the case of this positive the employee was following all guidelines including talking to students wearing a mask, and using a plexiglass shield between themselves and the students.)

- Notify the students the person worked with on campus.

- Notify coworkers who came into contact with the employee.

- Employees who had close contact for 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of the person were encouraged to stay home and isolate for 14 days.

- Deep clean and sanitize the work area of the person who tested positive.

- We specifically asked and were told that all-campus notifications for a case like this are not recommended by our Health Department.  However, I’m sharing this case for the purpose of explaining our protocol.

Additional Resources and Leadership

We’ve notified the campus already about our processes regarding special accommodations for students and employees. Those processes are working well and providing extra protection to those who are most vulnerable.  It’s also imperative to protect others that we receive notifications of COVID-19 positive tests for those who have recently (within 14 days) been on campus.

Human Resources continues managing our employee response to the pandemic.

Student Life with leadership from Dr. Dawna Haynes is managing our student response. 

On-Campus Work Continues

College employees who did not have close contact with the employee who tested positive are expected to return to work and continue providing service to students.  We are operating a very small on-campus enrollment, advising, testing, and financial aid team.  Some of our students need to see someone live for assistance in enrolling.  My decision to support on-campus student services is based on equity and the need to provide service especially to low-income potential students who do not have access to technology, or are uncomfortable using remote technology to go through the enrollment process.  Low-income communities and communities of color are being impacted in disproportionate and negative ways by the pandemic; we are working hard to fight that trend.

In the case described above there is no indication that transmission of Coronavirus occurred on campus.  It is, however, a powerful reminder to consistently follow all health department protocols to keep ourselves, our co-workers, and our students safe.

We expect a response to an on-campus positive from a student will be very similar to what I reported above for an employee.  Those who came into contact with the student will be notified.  

Follow Health Department Guidelines

Please note transmission of the virus is most likely to occur if there is sustained contact with the infected person.  The CDC and our local health department are not suggesting that notification is needed based on passing the person in a hallway or restroom. Notification is required based on sustained contact of 15 minutes or more; we are making those notifications to students and co-workers.  Following Health Department guidelines PPCC will issue broader campus notifications in the instance of a confirmed outbreak with two or more related cases.

We can work on campus and keep ourselves safe.  We are providing large spaces, plexiglass shields, requiring employees, students, and guests to wear masks, and requiring social distancing.  In addition, our custodial teams are working closely with all departments to ensure areas are cleaned and sanitized as needed.  It should be noted, that surface transmission is not a likely mode of transmission of the disease.  The primary threat is from airborne particles in the presence of an infected person.

All employees are strongly encouraged to continue following health department guidelines including the following:

- Wear a mask in any public space; they are required on our campus.

- Wash hands or disinfect hands with sanitizer frequently.

- Maintain 6 feet or more of space between yourself and others.

- Do not come to campus or go in public if your are experiencing symptoms of illness

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

- If you are tested and found positive, please report this to Human Resources as soon as possible (for employees) to Student Life through Associate VP Dawna Haynes (for Students).

Continued Planning and Preparation

PPCC leadership is planning a Table-Top exercise to work through multiple scenarios related to Coronavirus with (hopefully) participation from our County Health Department on August 5th.  This process will help us continue refining our protocols for handling positive cases.  We are also building a strong relationship with El Paso County Health Department so we can call on them as needed and as recommendations change.

Discussing and explaining our pandemic operating plans will constitute a significant part of my PDW presentation coming up on August 17th.  Please let me know if you have specific questions you’d like to see addressed, especially those that may apply to many employees or students.

Thank you, stay safe, wear a mask, be kind, see you in August,

Lance

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July 14, 2020

Letter to all students

We are excited to announce that student services are now open for in-person services at Centennial and Rampart Range campuses. Services include Admissions, Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Cashier, Military and Veterans Programs, Accessibility Services, and Student Life. Specific locations of each service are listed below. As a reminder, masks are now required in all PPCC buildings.

Student Service Hours of Operation

Centennial and Rampart Range Campuses
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5pm

Remote services remain fully available. View the Remote Services webpage for information on accessing remote services.

We are here to help you prepare for the semester.

Many services are available by appointment. Appointments are made by using Navigate and can be set-up as remote (video conference or phone) or in-person. Walk-ins are always welcome for all services.

Student service offices you may need to visit:

Admissions (located in Enrollment Services) will help you complete the admission application, learn more about PPCC and how to become a student. Available at Centennial and Rampart Range campuses on a walk-in basis.

Advising & Testing - Academic advisors guide your degree or certificate planning, help you choose classes and register for classes. The Testing Center offers placement testing and college credit exams. Available by appointment or walk-in basis at Centennial and Rampart Range campuses.

Financial Aid (located in Enrollment Services) will help you complete the FAFSA, assist in submitting additional financial aid paperwork, and answer your financial aid questions. Available by appointment or walk-in basis at Centennial and Rampart Range campuses.

The Cashier is your stop to pay your tuition. You always have the option to pay your tuition online in your myPPCC PortalAvailable on a walk-in basis at Centennial and limited hours at Rampart Range.

Military & Veterans Programs offers any military affiliated student assistance with military benefits and related services and questions. Available by appointment or walk-in basis at Centennial Campus only.

Student Life provides Student ID cards and access to the food pantry. Available on walk-in basis at all campuses.

Accessibility Services will assist with accommodation requests and support for students with disabilities. Appointments available remotely with staff available at the Centennial Campus for support on a walk-in basis.

Fall Plans Update:

The college’s fall semester plans have been adjusted in response to the uncertainty regarding restrictions related to COVID-19 and the need to provide faculty and students with clear plans and certainty about college operations. Visit the Fall 2020 Plans and the COVID-19 Response webpages for the most up to date information.

July 2, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton to Students

Dear PPCC students,

We know that as you plan for fall, you’re looking for certainty. You’re looking for concrete decisions, and we have them:

 

·       All Pikes Peak Community College campuses will be open for the fall semester

·       All student services will be provided both in person and remotely

·       Lecture classes will be online, with live Zoom (or other video platform) components

·       Science labs, studio classes, and CTE courses will be on campus meeting face-to-face

Synchronous lecture deliveries (Zoom Classes), an evolution from our remote instruction in the spring and summer semesters, will encompass at least 25% of each lecture class.  We know how important it is for you to talk directly with your professor.

Online classes through PPCCOnline and CCCOnline will operate as they always have.  We have many fully online options for students.

Traditional on-campus classes are converting to remote instruction with synchronous (Zoom Classes) included.  Remote Synchronous Instruction provided through Zoom classes means that you are online live with your faculty member and fellow students at least once every other week (25% minimum) for most classes.  Faculty may also request more Zoom Classes or on-campus study, feedback, tutoring, and student support sessions with students.

On campus computer labs, tutoring, and other supports will be open to assist students.  You can successfully complete courses using your technology at home, or come to campus to using the Learning Commons and other computer labs.

The following classes and programs will be primarily face-to-face with on-campus instruction:

Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes will continue to operate as they have been, in person. Some lecture components may be remote.

Science labs and some studio classes (Visual Arts and Performing Arts) will be face-to-face on campus.  English as a Second Language (ESL) will also meet on campus, face-to-face.

Safety protocols, including mandatory face coverings and social distancing will be in place at all campuses.

The adjustment of the college’s fall semester plans is a response to many factors, chief among them the increasing uncertainty regarding restrictions related to Covid-19 and the need to provide both faculty and students with clear detailed plans and certainty about college operations. 

Our fundamental goals remain the same:

 

  • Keep students, faculty, and staff safe: minimize the possibility of disease transmission
  • Provide the best possible learning environment for students

More details are available on the college’s COVID-19 information page available: www.ppcc.edu. 

You can also call us at (719) 502-2000 for help and information.

We look forward to serving you,

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

July 2, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Faculty and Staff,

We are adjusting our plans for Fall in response to many factors including increasing uncertainty regarding restrictions related to Covid-19, and the need to provide both faculty and students with clear detailed plans and certainty about PPCC operations.  Our fundamental goals remain the same:

  • Keep faculty, staff, and students safe: minimize the possibility of disease transmission.
  • Provide the best possible learning environment for students

All PPCC Campuses will be open this fall, but lecture classes will be delivered remotely. Exceptions to remote delivery of lecture classes will be addressed further in the document.  All services will be provided both face-to-face and remotely.  Two important terms are defined below. To help faculty, staff, and students stay aligned in our efforts, it will be very important that we are precise and disciplined in our use of language.

  • Online Classes – This definition has not changed, and still relates specifically to PPCCOnline and CCCOnline courses.  Online Classes are delivered 100% online and without synchronous sessions.
  • Remote Synchronous Instruction (Zoom Classes) – This specifically refers to instruction with students and faculty member all present together at the same time, using technology like Zoom, WebEx, or MSTEAMS.  Typically, Remote Synchronous Instruction shall be delivered at the class time listed in the catalog.  For tuition, registration, and catalog purposes, courses incorporating Remote Synchronous Instruction are the same as our on-campus and hybrid courses.  We will not rebuild courses in the catalog; if a course was scheduled on campus then it will be delivered remotely with a minimum of 25% Remote Synchronous Instruction.

 

Delivery Adjustment for Face-to-Face Classes

The college will be open, but “lectures” will be delivered using both traditional Online Instruction and Remote Synchronous Instruction (Zoom Class) methods. At least 25% of required course contact time must be delivered using Remote Synchronous Instruction, via technologies such as WebEx or Zoom.  The remainder of the course materials may be delivered using traditional online instruction methods.  For some of you, this means a minimum of one synchronous session every other week.  Synchronous sessions must be held at the scheduled class time.  Some may find that a “flipped classroom” approach is most beneficial, meaning that it is designed as an online class, with the synchronous experience used to enhance learning through direct communication with students.

 

Face-to-face (F2F) experiences must be approved by the dean, but should be optional and/or flexible for students.  For example, field trips, drop in labs, study sessions, or other small group meetings with students may be approved.  Social spacing and face coverings are required on campus. 

 

Faculty and adjunct instructors need to be flexible with students who may have pandemic related challenges (child care, change in work schedule, etc.) that prevent them from participating in synchronous or F2F experiences.  In a student survey we discovered that approximately 60% of our students are primary caregivers for children, or others.  Please consider recording synchronous sessions.

 

Deans have authority to require more than 25% Remote Synchronous Instruction for courses/departments/programs, in consultation with Department Chairs.

 

Hyflex

We will pilot a limited number of Hyflex sections of general education classes.  A Hyflex section will meet in the classroom and at the time specified in Banner.  Students will participate F2F and remotely at the same time, as well as have an option to not attend live at all, but to watch a recording of the session later.  Students attending F2F will follow social spacing. We will assign Hyflex sections the largest classrooms available.  Hyflex classes must follow social spacing and require facial coverings for on campus students.  Hyflex must be approved by deans.  We will approve only a small number of teachers for Hyflex and pilot perhaps up to 15 sections.  Teachers using the Hyflex model must participate in training, and will receive a $500 stipend per section (applies to Fall only).  Students and advisors will be informed about what Hyflex is, and which sections are Hyflex. Please see previous emails from Dr. Baker for details regarding Hyflex. 

 

Exceptions

The following areas have special permission for F2F instruction, as noted below.

 

CTE

CTE programming can continue to operate as they are currently, additional contact time may be approved.  Social spacing should be followed as much as possible.  Lectures are encouraged to be remote.

 

ESL

ESL may operate fully F2F and must practice social distancing. 

 

Science Labs

Science Labs may be F2F, and should practice social spacing and use of facial coverings.  Lectures are encouraged to be remote.  With approval, labs may count towards the required synchronous time.  

 

Studio Classes

Studio Classes (arts, theatre, performing arts) may obtain permission to be F2F, and should practice social spacing and use of facial coverings.  Lectures are encouraged to be remote. 

 

Additional Notes

  • We are pursuing Zoom Licensing for the entire college as an additional option to deliver remote instruction.  This will be in place by the beginning of Fall Semester resolving previous issues numbers of students and length of class session.
  • Additional trainings will be available for Faculty as you prepare for Fall semester – more information is forthcoming.
  • Office hours (including virtual) and guidelines for contacting the teacher, as well as other expectations, should be clear on the first day of class and detailed in the course syllabus.
  • Concurrent Enrollment in the high schools will follow the delivery model that is selected by the high school.
  • Concurrent Enrollment at the college (including Career Start) will follow the plan shared in this email.
  • Computer Labs will be open for student use with appropriate social distancing in place.
  • Learning Commons and Computer Labs will explore headsets with microphone options for students so they can participate on campus in synchronous remote sessions.
  • Masks are required on campus.  Please see Dr. Bolton’s email from June 29.  
  • Faculty may lecture without a mask or face shield with 12 foot spacing from students. 
  • Based on the latest CDC and CDPHE guidance face shields may replace masks when working with students assuming the faculty member is maintaining a minimum of 6-foot distancing. 

We will email students with this plan during the week of July 6th.

Many thanks and much gratitude is due to PPCC Faculty, Student Services Teams, Custodians, Physical Plant, IT, and Finance Teams, who are navigating together through this crisis with a relentless focus on ensuring the best experiences and outcomes for our students, while keeping safe. 

 

Best,

Lance

 

 

Lance Bolton Ph.D. 
President 
Pikes Peak Community College 

office  719-502-2030
mobile  719 640-4399
 

 

 

June 29, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear Pikes Peak Community College-

 

In light of recent recommendations from the Governor’s office and Health Department Officials, all PPCC employees, students, and visitors must wear masks (face coverings) in all PPCC buildings.  A mask (face covering) can be a cloth covering over the nose and mouth, which can include a purchased or homemade mask, scarf, bandana, gaiter, or handkerchief. 

 

Exceptions

Students who need medical exceptions should contact the Accessibility Office. 

Employees needing medical exceptions should contact Human Resource Services. 

 

What if you see someone not wearing a mask?

Please do not confront people in the halls who are not wearing masks.  Our emphasis is to increase mask usage by communicating clear expectations and modeling good behavior.

 

Faculty and instructors

Expect students to wear masks in their classes this Fall.   The following steps are a guideline if a student is not wearing a mask:

  • Privately, perhaps in the hall, ask the student if there is a reason they are not wearing a mask.  If no approved exception is provided, please ask the student to wear a mask.
  • Repeated problems with a student may be reported through Maxient.
  • If the student refuses to wear a mask, ask the student to leave the class, and return when they have a mask. (We have a supply of masks for one-time needs of students who may have simply forgotten theirs.)
  • If a student is unwilling to cooperate and refuses to leave the class, you may ask Campus Police to remove the student.  This as an absolute last resort.

Please use tremendous tact and discretion as you work with students regarding masks.  Please know that this has created highly contentious and emotional interactions across the country, and they almost always get filmed and shared on the internet.

 

Student Services and Other Frontline Personnel

Expect prospective students, students, and guests to wear a mask.  Beginning July 6th we are advertising increased on-campus assistance for enrollment, advising, and other services. 

  • People coming to campus are expected to wear masks.  (We will provide a supply of masks for those who may have forgotten theirs.)
  • For those without a mask, and who refuse our offer of a mask, we suggest “we will not be able to serve you without a mask”.
  • If the person is unwilling to cooperate, then we recommend you step away and call for help from campus police.

 

Masks are not required for individuals in their own private office spaces. 

 

In general, mask compliance will be handled by the Office of the Dean of Students for students and Human Resources for employees.  Our intention is to create a safe atmosphere that leads to our best chances of greater opening and opportunities for students to be on campus.  Our intention is not to try to catch people failing at the mask requirement, but to model the behavior we are seeking.

 

The sign below created by our wonderful Printing and Publishing Team at the PPCC bookstore updates our previous sign that encouraged mask wearing.  It will be posted on all exterior doors.

 

Thank you,

 

 

Lance Bolton Ph.D. 
President 
Pikes Peak Community College 

office  719-502-2030

 

June 9, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC students,

I’m proud to announce that Pikes Peak Community College plans to resume in-person classes for fall semester.

As always, students will have options for online and hybrid classes. In fact, we’ll have more options than ever. But we know many of you are eager to get back, safely, into your classrooms, and your instructors are just as eager to see you in person.

We plan to have, on all three campuses, all the necessary in-person support and services, such as the bookstores, learning commons, ITSS, computer labs, testing, advising, enrollment services, accessibility services and the Child Development Centers.

To maintain safety, we will follow the governor’s public health guidance, and we will continue refining our plans based on the latest information from public health officials, as well as student input.  

PPCC is open for business, and we’re enrolling now for fall. We are ready to welcome you back. I know this has been a challenging time for all of us but, we will let nothing get in the way of our mission of helping you reach your dreams.  Please stay connected with PPCC through the summer as we will continue offering updates with more specific details through the summer.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

June 3, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC,

The Governor announced on June 1st that Colorado will remain under the current “Safer At Home” guidelines.  We made the decision based on his announcement to continue all summer semester classes as we are currently operating.  This means General Education and CTE courses operating remotely will continue remote/online instruction for the remainder of Summer Semester.  Programs and courses with approval for on-campus face-to-face instruction will continue on-campus instruction, as they are currently operating.

 

We took this decision because we have certainty about June, and July and August remain unknowns.  However, our withdrawal date is rapidly approaching tomorrow 6-4-2020.  We want students to make their course decisions with full information and some certainty about mode of instruction, therefore, we made the decision to call all of summer semester to remain as we are currently operating. 

 

Notably, in a meeting with Governor Polis and all of Colorado’s presidents this morning, it was clear that he and CDHE are prepared to continue working with us on a case-by-case basis to approve additional in-class instruction.  Please forward requests through your dean to VP Baker.  Our system leadership, especially Danen Jobe and Landon Pirius, have been very responsive in forwarding and advocating for our requests with CDHE.  Likewise, CDHE has also been amenable to working with our variance requests.

 

Governor Polis is committed to seeing schools open and operational in the Fall, but always reminds us in the next sentence of the continued uncertainty of COVID-19. Open and operational might have a very different look in the fall than our normal operations, so much planning and thought is going into how we might best serve students in the coming fall semester.  I am very hopeful and encouraged by VP Baker’s leadership with Deans and Faculty Senate to craft a spectra of possible teaching modes ranging from basically normal operations to 100% remote instruction.  Of course, the most interesting, most difficult, and most likely scenarios are in the middle space.  I know he is working to get these to you ASAP.  Please know too that we remain committed to offering maximum flexibility to you in determining your instructional mode.  

 

I know this time of great uncertainty is extremely difficult and challenging for you all, our outstanding faculty, as you strive to meet course objectives while adapting almost daily to new operational plans and guidelines.  You’ve done an amazing job, and students are continuing to reach out to praise your extraordinary efforts.  Thank you, we will continue to provide guidance as soon as new information emerges.

 

Best,

Lance

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

May 28, 2020

Letter from Dr. Baker to Faculty

 

Hello Summer 2020 Teachers,

We expected that the governor would announce plans for June this week, which might include allowance for face-to-face instruction.  Unfortunately, we now don’t expect to hear anything for at least another week.  Until we hear from the governor, we will continue operations as is.  For almost all of you, this means a continuation of remote instruction (unless you have CDHE approval).  We will continue to monitor the situation and we will inform you as soon as possible if we will be returning to campus for semi-regular instruction.  If we do return, please remember you have flexibility in how your course is delivered, with approval from your dean.

 

A similar email will go to all students within the next 24 hours.  We will direct students to continue classes as they as they did this week, and to look for communication from their teacher for any changes.  Please help communicate this message to your students.   Please consider adding an announcement to your D2L shells or sending a separate email to your students. 

 

 

 

Josh Baker Ph.D. 
Vice President 
Instructional Services 

Josh.Baker@ppcc.edu
office  719-502-3019

May 19, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Faculty,

Some of you are understandably reaching out for more guidance on how classes might operate this summer and fall.  PPCC is committed to offering faculty as much latitude as possible in designing the instructional experience for students because departments, disciplines, and instructional spaces vary so much across the college.  We don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all approach that can best serve our students.  We do, however, want to provide guidance, assurances, and updates about our approach to ensure you are able to make decisions that best serve you and your students.  We continue to maintain our two key commitments through this Pandemic:

1. Keep people safe and minimize opportunities for transmission.

2. Provide high quality instruction.

 

On Campus Changes:

I’ve recently recognized that many of you haven’t been to campus since mid-March and may not be aware of some changes.  The attached, and exceptionally well done sign - thank you Claudia Smith, is posted on all exterior doors requiring those who enter to assert they are free of symptoms.  Since the beginning of the pandemic PPCC required faculty and staff to report if they are tested and found positive to our HR Department.  We also require students to report any COVID-19 positive test; Associate Vice President, Dr. Dawna Haynes collects student information.

 

Although there have been many, many rumors, we have only one case of a staff member with a confirmed positive, and no cases of confirmed student positives.  The staff member had been away from campus for more than two weeks, therefore, no action was required.  We have no confirmed positive cases reported among our students.

 

In other campus changes, PPCC installed additional hand sanitizer stations around our campuses.  We are working to add more sanitizer stations, but as you might imagine they are difficult to acquire these days.  We will continue our efforts to add additional sanitizing stations as the units become available.  All classrooms are equipped with bottles of spray sanitizer and paper towels for cleaning use during the day.  During the evening our custodial staff continues their incredible work (they’ve been just amazing!) cleaning and sanitizing all areas of the campus that are in use.

 

Masks

In alignment with Executive Orders from Governor Polis, PPCC is recommending faculty, staff, and students wear masks when on campus.  We are not, however, requiring masks to be worn for traveling around the campus.  There has been confusion here, so I hope this helps:

Faculty may require masks for students in their classrooms / labs / instructional spaces. There may be students with medical issues who request an accommodation to not wear a mask.  Our Student Services Teams are prepared to assist with those requesting accommodation.  Beyond a documented accommodation for a student, faculty have the authority to require masks in their classroom and instructional spaces.  Faculty do not have to require masks in their instructional spaces, and some programs would have good reason to not require masks.  We are leaving this decision up to faculty members based on their instructional space and requirements of the program.  Welding for example, requires a full face shield, so a mask below could be very hot, a fire hazard, and completely redundant.  

 

Gloves

The Governor has not asked, nor have public health officials requested that we, the public, wear gloves in our normal daily routines.  Lab classes previously wearing gloves, Culinary Arts for example, should continue wearing gloves, but they are not requested otherwise for on-campus activities.

 

Social Distancing

I believe we can expect to continue our practices around social distancing regardless of the Governor’s decision on moving us to the next phase of recovery.  Students, faculty, and staff should maintain the suggested 6-foot distancing or more.  Faculty should be mindful of social distancing in developing lab teaching experiences to ensure they, and students, minimize risk of disease transmission while providing high quality instruction.

 

Governor Polis Executive Orders

Right now, we do not know if we will move to phase three of the opening of Colorado in June, however, based on current numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state I am cautiously optimistic.  We also don’t know what phase three, called “Protect Our Neighbors”, might require of us for compliance.  We know that currently approved CTE courses allowed to teach on campus continue to have approval for on-campus instruction.  We also know we will begin summer term with all general education classes being taught remotely.  I am optimistic during summer, and certainly by fall, we can move to face-to-face instruction. However, it will look different; we will focus on protecting our most vulnerable.  Vulnerable populations was defined in Governor Polis’ April 26th Executive Order for “Safer at Home”.

 

Instruction

The diversity of disciplines, teaching styles, instructional spaces, and program requirements means there is no useful one-size-fits-all approach for adapting instruction to the pandemic.  We believe most classes will convert to some form of hybrid format, however, there are many possibilities for how the hybrid format might be configured.  Therefore, the bullets below provide examples of possible solutions and scenarios.  The list is not exhaustive, and many of you may have better, and more creative ideas.  Neither are the items on the list required, they are simply examples to provide a starting point for how to operate in this new environment.

 

                Staggered Classes

                Divide students in a class into two or more groups (Example: Red and Blue Groups). Red group is on campus every other week, while blue group connects online.  Then Blue group is on campus while Red group connects online.  This might work especially well for laboratory classes. General Education classes like English or History might also use this approach, but have one group attend on Tuesdays for example, and the other group attend on Thursdays.

 

                Flipped Classroom

                Instruction is online, and students complete assignments at home or in the Learning Commons and attend class only for labs, small group work, and tutoring,.

 

                Simultaneous In-Person / Online Classes

                Students may attend in person, or if they feel safer, they may attend the class live online (synchronous online courses).  ITSS ordered trial equipment for this approach and is testing it this week.  If this works well, we can use Federal CARES Act funds to equip additional classrooms with this capability.  

 

                Transitioning to Fully Online

                Faculty should consult with their Dean and Department Chair before transitioning a class to fully online instruction.  While this option may be required depending on the course of the pandemic, we are striving to provide some on-campus experience for our students. 

 

Communication to Students

We are communicating to all students through every available format that PPCC is open and registering students.  (currently we are down by over 30% in fall enrollment with potentially huge budget implications, however, the good news is that Summer is down by only about 16% - it wasn’t long ago that we were down 25% in our year-over-year summer enrollment tracking) We are also communicating with all students to expect hybrid formats.  However, we are not rebuilding all classes as hybrids.  A primary reasons for not rebuilding classes as hybrids, is that we want to offer faculty the latitude to design the learning experience for students in a way that best fits their teaching style, the learning requirements of the course, and their instructional space. Listing courses as hybrids locks-in meeting dates, and we are trying to offer maximum flexibility as we navigate through all the unknowns coming for Summer, as well as Fall Semesters.

 

We will continue working to provide students with laptops as needed.  We had a very successful effort around this for Spring completion, and more laptops are on their way. As we are able to keep our Learning Commons and Computer Labs open, then many student connectivity issues are addressed.  Associate VP Gaiters-Jordan, and her team in the Learning Commons are adapting tutoring and other supports to help students succeed.  They are being innovative with online tutoring, and prudent in developing face-to-face tutoring protocols to keep everyone safe.

 

Stay Tuned

Over the summer, it’s critical that we stay connected as our thoughtful plans of today, could change quickly tomorrow.  Please stay connected to your PPCC email throughout the summer, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your Dean, VP Baker, or me with questions. VP Baker and Deans will follow up to discuss concerns, answer questions, and share other creative ideas from you all.  

 

Thank You

This has of course, been a tremendous challenge, but it’s a challenge you all have risen to answer. During spring semester, I heard from so many students in praise of the remarkable efforts their faculty made to help them stay on track.  On behalf of all of our students - THANK YOU!

 

Happy summer 😊!  I hope you all are able to rest, relax, and rejuvenate after the incredible efforts of this Spring Semester.

 

Stay safe,

Lance

May 13, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Students,

Summer Semester begins at PPCC on May 26th.  We know many of you are still considering your options for enrollment.  All of us are living in a time of unprecedented uncertainty, but we want to be sure you have our best and latest information and thoughts about how summer is likely to progress.

 

CTE - Career and Tech Education Classes (Examples include: Diesel Power Mechanics, Machining, Welding, Surgical Technology, Nursing) - We expect most CTE Summer Semester classes to primarily be on-campus, although they may also combine remote/online instruction.  These are classes that require face-to-face instruction for students to learn and master the hands-on skills.

 

General Education Classes (Examples include: History, Philosophy, English, Psychology, Chemistry) - Classes will begin Summer Semester as 100% remote/online instruction.  However, most will transition to hybrid format during the semester.  This means classes will combine in-person class meetings with remote/online instruction.  We are giving faculty tremendous latitude to design their classes to keep students safe, and best serve the course learning objectives.  To help keep students, faculty, and staff safe, we expect masks to be worn for most on-campus activities this summer.  Instructors will notify students about their class plans as the semester begins.

 

Financial Aid and Momentum Scholarships - PPCC is still awarding financial aid including our CARES Act $1,000 scholarships to assist students with returning to college this summer.  We dedicated $1,000,000 of funding to support Summer Semester students.  PPCC is reaching out to qualifying students.

 

We encourage you to hold fast to your academic goals and dreams.  We are working hard to accommodate all student needs and maintain a safe environment.  Our faculty have done an incredible job of adapting instruction to online and other remote learning formats.  Our college is open and here to help you reach your goals.  As our economy turns into what appears to be a deep and difficult recession, having employable skills will be critically important.  We are here for you!

 

More information:

 

Email: StudentSupport@PPCC.edu

PPCC Hotline: (719) 502-2000

Website: https://www.ppcc.edu/remote-services

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

 

 

 

May 6, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

WARNING: This email contains speculation!  😊

Anything we are planning now could change for better or worse depending on increases or decreases in COVID-19 disease numbers.  Our national, state, and local leaders could upend our plans with new guidance depending on progression of the disease.  However, it is my intention to provide you all with our current best vision of what’s to come

The Latest from Gov. Polis

Colorado will soon shift from the current “Safer at Home” to a new phase that Gov. Polis is calling “Protect Our Neighbors.”  We don’t know when the governor’s shift will occur, but it seems most likely to start at the beginning of June or July, depending on COVID-19 case numbers.  The shift to “Protect our Neighbors” will likely impact PPCC’s operations.

 I am hopeful this next phase will allow for larger groups of people to meet, facilitating more in-person instruction.  In other words, we may be able to resume normal instruction for all classes once we enter the “Protect Our Neighbors” phase.  It is worth noting that the “Safer at Home” Executive Order is set to expire at the end of May.  Our Summer Semester begins on May 26. Currently, case numbers are trending down.  If we all continue to do a great job of preventing the spread of disease, then normal instruction could resume as early as the beginning of June.  This would mean, of course, that only the first week of Summer Semester is significantly disrupted by the pandemic response.  This seems like the best-case scenario.   

For both Summer and Fall Semesters we may be able to return to normal in-person instruction.  However, students and employees who are recognized as vulnerable populations may need to continue operating differently.  This might mean more people are providing and receiving remote instruction.  It may also mean that some vulnerable employees are working from home, even as most of us are returning to more normal on-campus schedules.  Masks, gloves, and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are likely here for the foreseeable future.

 

Before the Shift

Remember that until the shift to “Protect Our Neighbors” begins, we still will follow the “Safer at Home” guidelines at  PPCC:

 - We must not have more than 50% of employees reporting to work on campus.  Currently, we are operating with about 10% of employees reporting to work on campus with the rest having successfully adapted to working from home.

- Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs (Examples Include: Surgical Technology, Welding, Machining, Dental Assisting, and Auto Tech) requiring face-to-face instruction will continue operating on campus with appropriate safety measures in place, including daily cleaning and disinfecting of all parts of instructional areas, student and faculty use of masks, social distancing, and self-reporting of illness. 

- General Education Courses (Examples: History, Math, Psychology, English) will begin Summer Semester using remote instruction as we are doing now.

- Campus services like Advising, Financial Aid, Enrollment, and others will continue providing service remotely.  

- Computer Labs, PPCC Bookstore, and Learning Commons and Library are open and will likely remain open for Summer Semester.

 

Fall Semester

Our predictions for Fall Semester are even more speculative than they for our Summer Semester.  COVID-19 case numbers will drive the governor and Public Health Authority’s decisions around how we can operate.  I am cautiously optimistic that we can return to somewhat normal operations for Fall Semester.  Certainly, we will have exceptions to normal operations for protecting our most vulnerable populations

Most importantly, PPCC is open and operating.  PPCC adapted and continues providing first-rate instruction for students.  Students, it’s critical for you to hold fast to your goals and dreams.  We are here to help you achieve those goals and dreams.

 

Sincerely,

 Lance Bolton, Ph.D. 

President, Pikes Peak Community College

 

Here are resources for more information:

Email: StudentSupport@PPCC.edu

PPCC Hotline: (719) 502-2000

Website: https://www.ppcc.edu/remote-services

 

Lance Bolton Ph.D. 
President 
Pikes Peak Community College 

office  719-502-2030
mobile  719 640-4399
 

 

May 4, 2020

Letter from Dr. Wesley to students

As this crazy semester comes to a close, if the transition to a totally remote environment has been more of a challenge than you imagined, remember that you may request an S/U grading option for any of your courses.

What is Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Grading?

Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory grading is an alternate grading scale where an ‘S’ counts as a ‘C’ or better, and a ‘U’ counts as a grade below a ‘C’, rather than a letter traditional grade. This is similar to what other colleges or universities call Pass / Fail. For PPCC, neither the ‘S’ nor the ‘U’ grade count in the GPA.

Why use Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory Grading?

As part of our emergency response efforts to COVID-19, PPCC will temporarily allow the option for students to choose to receive Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grades in lieu of letter grades. While ‘S’atisfactory and ‘U’nsatisfactory grades have always been available as an option, it was rarely used, and only on a case by case basis, outside of developmental education and PE classes.

Many colleges in the nation are implementing flexible grading options right now as an emergency response to COVID-19. A grade of ‘S’atisfactory can help a student earning a C in a class where they might typically expect to earn a B or better. Furthermore, a grade of ‘U’nsatisfactory can be helpful for a student who is earning a D or failing and doesn’t want the grade to affect their GPA.

 

The Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade will not affect your GPA or impact financial aid awards.

 

If you have worked hard this semester and want to ensure the course you are completing counts toward degree/graduation requirements, but are disappointed in your grade, you should talk with your professor about the S/U option. You can see how those grades would appear on a transcript from the example below.

 

 

 

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April 29, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton: CARES Funding

Dear PPCC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

 

Tomorrow we will release forms for students to apply for CARES Act funding.  

 

We will distribute $3,771,889 across summer and fall semesters.  

 

Last week, on Wednesday, April 22nd just after 3:00PM, I released an email detailing our plans for distribution of the CARES Act funding.  Unfortunately, soon after releasing our plan the US Department of Education (US DOE) released new guidance on how the funds should be used to help students.  We had included in our plans significant support for those who lost employment because of the pandemic.  Based on the new guidance we had to make some changes.

 

Below is a detailed description of our updated plan based on new guidance we received. It has been challenging to move quickly with our plans, and respond to less speedy guidance from the federal government.  We are confident our new plan meets both the congressional intent for use of the funds, and specific US DOE guidelines.  We are also proud of our revised plans knowing our efforts will provide funding to you, our students, helping you deal with the many difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has created.  We also believe our plan can help you hold fast to your college dreams and stay on track with your academic goals.

 

We simplified the plan to have two primary components:

1. Emergency Relief Grants - Assist students with food, housing, access to technology.

2 Momentum Scholarships for Summer and Fall – Aid for students with staying on track in college to reach their goals.  

 

The application process for funding emphasizes simplicity.  We are eager to help, and we set a goal to keep our process as simple and easy to use as possible, minimizing barriers for accessing support.  The details of our CARES Act Direct Student Aid program are below.  Again, we plan to release the application forms to eligible students tomorrow – Wednesday, April 29th.

 

Please stay safe,

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

 

 

4-27-2020

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 

RE: Pikes Peak Community College Plan for Disbursement of $3,771,889 in Direct Student Aid

 

Summer Semester 2020

Emergency Relief | $450K (12%) 

Target Group: Students enrolled in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms who were negatively impacted by COVID-19. (leftover funds rolling into Fall term) 

Award:  Up to $700 grants for students needing help with the following:

  • Cost of Education
  • Food insecurities
  • Housing insecurities
  • Technology for online classes*

* $50,000 of the funding is specifically for acquiring and distributing laptop computers for students.

Qualifying students: Students enrolled during Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters (as funding remains available).

Outreach method: Electronic application shared via texts, email, social media, College website, and Faculty & Staff referrals

Disbursement: Posted directly to student accounts

Award availability: $400,000 (awarded to approximately 571 students) and $50,000 (awarded to 100 students)

 

 

 

Summer 2020 Momentum Scholarships | $1,000,000 

 Target Group: (student groups will be included in phases depending on availability of funds)

o Phase 1 - Those students enrolled spring 2020 as of March 13, 2020, who submitted a FAFSA, and who are currently in good standing.

o Phase 2 - Those students enrolled spring 2020 as of March 13, 2020, and who are currently in good standing, and those students who applied to PPCC by March 13, 2020 and who have applied for financial aid

Award: $1,000 scholarships available for enrollment in Summer term*

Qualifying Students: Students indicating their education was disrupted by Covid-19, who are eligible to apply for Title IV aid, and who were not 100% online for Spring 2020

Outreach Method: Email, with form indicating need, sent to student group identified above.

Disbursement: Aid posted to student account, processed through student accounts (this scholarship would not impact other aid)

Award Availability: Total of $1,000,000 (awarded until funds expended, may consider over-awarding based on historical drop rates)

 

Fall 2020 Momentum Scholarships | $2,350,000 

Target Group: (student groups will be included in phases depending on availability of funds)

o Phase 1 - Those students enrolled spring 2020 as of March 13, 2020, who submitted a FAFSA,  and who are currently in good standing.

o Phase 2 - Those students enrolled spring 2020 as of March 13, 2020, and who are currently in good standing, and those students who applied to PPCC by March 13, 2020 and who have applied for financial aid

Award: $1,000 scholarships available for enrollment in Fall term*

Qualifying Students: Students indicating their education was disrupted by Covid-19, who are eligible to apply for Title IV aid, and who were not 100% online for Spring 202

Outreach Method: Email, with form indicating need, sent to student group identified above.

Disbursement: Aid posted to student account, processed through student accounts (this scholarship would not impact other aid)

Award Availability: Total of $2,350,000 (awarded until funds expended, may consider over-awarding based on historical drop rates)

 

*students may be eligible for both summer and fall awards

 

April 22, 2020

Letter from Dr. Baker

Dear PPCC,

VP Baker drafted the note below for Instructional Services, but I commandeered it for the whole college, believing everyone needs this update.  This is really an interim update and we expect new information and guidance within the next few days.  We wanted to give you all our best sense of where we think we are heading. This has become old, but it is a very fast moving situation with new and changing guidance almost daily.

-Lance

 

 

 

Hello Instructional Services,

 

Agility. That is our charge.  One of our teachers recently commented that we need to be prepared to transition from face-to-face to remote instruction, and back to face-to-face, in a moment’s notice.  This uncertainty is challenging, but it is our new reality.  I express my most sincere gratitude for your excellent work. 

 

Governor Polis has guided us to move from "stay at home" to "safer at home.”  In the coming days, we will receive additional details, especially what this means for community colleges.  As is our new norm, we are navigating rumors and awaiting details.  Until then, this is our current plan, that we believe will be in alignment with the governor's recommendations.

 

Finishing Spring Term

  • We believe CTE programs that require hands-on experience and are approved by President Bolton can start again on May 4th. 
    • Social spacing required (6 feet apart)
    • The governor may adjust this, or let us make our own decisions.  Details should come by next week.
  • We anticipate that Gen Ed courses will not be allowed to return to campus this Semester.
  • Computer labs are expected to be open as of May 4th.
  • Faculty/programs should work with their respective Dean teams on completion details.
  • FYI- both Surg Tech and EMS are currently meeting face-to-face under the governor's approval to continue health care programs. 
  • Social spacing will be required on campus. 
  • May 4th does not signal a return to campus for most people.  “Safer at home!”
    • We will continue to emphasize limited staffing in the building as we monitor community health.
  • Are you or a student at risk or symptomatic?  Stay Safe / Stay Home
  • Flexibility and safety continue to be our guides.

 

Scenarios for Summer

  • Summer will not be business as usual.
  • Expect limited on campus services from Enrollment, Advising, Financial Aid, and others. We will minimize on-campus personnel, but expect offices to be reopened with minimal staff and students encouraged to work with us remotely.
  • There is a good chance that some part of Summer will be forced to remote instruction.
    • If I was a betting man, I would put money on the first few weeks of Summer being taught remotely.
    • Some CTE exceptions are expected.
  • Face-to-face interaction is critical for some of your classes and programs.  We are trying to protect that time.
    • If you are comfortable with your classes being online or having limited contact we can explore options, including hybrid with very limited face-to-face time.
    • If we make a decision prior to the term that we are online only, students will have to pay an increased tuition.  We are avoiding this scenario.

 

These are our plans, until they aren't.  Agility!  

 

 

Keep your eyes out for a Town Hall meeting invite.  This will be in an email, with the link to the WebEx meeting.  I look forward to discussing this and other topics of interest.

 

 

Dr. Josh Baker

VP of Instruction 

Pikes Peak Community College

Josh.baker@ppcc.edu

 

 

 

 

April 22, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

RE: Pikes Peak Community College Plan for Disbursement of $3,771,889 in Direct Student Aid

 

Summer Semester 2020

 

Emergency Relief | $450,000 (12%)

Target Group | students enrolled in Summer term who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. (leftover funds rolling into Fall term)

 

·                $400,000 Allocated for Emergency Relief

Award | $700 scholarships for students needing help with the following needs:

Food insecurities

Health Care expenses

Housing insecurities

PROCESS: Student application form in development now.

 

·                $50,000 Allocated for Student Computers.  Additional computers from multiple sources also coming available.

Qualifying students | Students enrolled during Summer and Fall semesters

Outreach method | Electronic application shared via texts, email, social media, College website, and Faculty & Staff referrals Also will reach out to applied-not-enrolled prospects.

Disbursement | Posted directly to student accounts, / Computer pickups to be arranged.

PROCESS: Student application form in development now.

 

Momentum Scholarships | $500K (13%)

Target Group: Students enrolled spring 2020, who applied for financial aid (submitted FAFSA regardless of award), who are currently in good standing and are “continuing” students.

Award: $1,000 scholarships available for enrollment in Summer term

Qualifying students: students indicating their education was disrupted by Covid-19

Outreach method: email, with form indicating need, sent to student group identified above.

Disbursement: Aid posted to student account, processed through student accounts (this scholarship would not impact other aid)

Award availability: Total of $500,000

Process: Student application form in development now.

 

Fall Semester 2020

 

Childcare Support at CDC | $200K (5%)

Description: Funds would be used to cover 100% tuition expense for children of PPCC students for fall semester enrolled at CDC. (i.e. with full utilization of CCAMPIS funding)

Target Group: PPCC students with children enrolled at CDCAward | average award $350/month (dependent on supplemental funding from CCAMPIS) for Fall semester

Qualifying Students: same as above (PPCC students with children enrolled at CDC)

Outreach Method: Direct communication from CDC Director

Disbursement: Aid posted to student account, processed through student accounts (this scholarship would not impact other aid)

Award Availability: $200,000

Process: Student application form in development now.

 

Newly Unemployed Scholarships | $2,622,000 (70%)

Target Group: Existing or new students who lost employment due to Coronavirus Crisis.

Award: $900. Student must be taking a minimum of 3 credit hours.

Qualifying Students: Enrolling Students who provide documentation of loss of enrollment. Documentation may come from applying for unemployment benefits, or a notice from their employer.

Outreach Method: Mass marketing campaign to the PPCC service area.

Disbursement: Aid posted to student account, processed through student accounts (this scholarship would not impact other aid)

Award Availability: $2,622,000 (awarded until funds expended, may consider over-awarding based on historical drop rates).

Process: Student application form in development now.

 

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TOPIC: CARES Act Funding and Direct Aid for Students

 

Federal Coronavirus Economic Relief Plan (CARES Act)

Attached is a document outlining how we plan to use the Federal Coronavirus Economic Relief Plan (CARES Act) funds, authorized by congress and signed by the president to support our students. We are deeply concerned for our students and our community as we witness the impacts of the emerging pandemic driven recession.  We know our college will be one of the most important institutions serving our region in a difficult recession; our intention is to use these funds to help current PPCC students, and those who have lost employment and are seeking new direction.  We are a tremendous asset to our community at all times, but especially in economically difficult times.  Together, we will play a pivotal role in the Colorado Springs recovery.

 

PPCC’s Share of the Funds

Among Colorado’s Community Colleges, PPCC received the largest distribution of funds because of our combination of large size and high numbers of Pell Grant recipients.  We expect to receive a total of $7,543,778.  Half of this amount is designated for direct student aid.  The attached document has our current plans for distributing that share which is $3,771,889.  Keep in mind that new guidance from federal or state authorities could shift our plans, but we are moving forward now because our community needs us.  

Direct Aid for Students
In the coming days, we will use all possible mediums to provide additional detailed messages about the student aid opportunities described.  We will distribute all of the $3,771,889 to students through scholarships with funding opportunities available for tuition, fees, technology, and also housing, food, and other emergency needs.  The funding opportunities will require action from you, our students, to take advantage of the available financial help.

 

We are grateful for this opportunity to help you, our students, to continue or begin your educational journey.

 

Best regards,

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

 

 

 

Lance Bolton Ph.D. 
President 
Pikes Peak Community College 

office  719-502-2030
mobile  719 640-4399
 

 

 

 

 

April 8, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

 

Dear PPCC Community - Students, Faculty, and Staff,

 

TOPIC: Community Resources

 

We know many of you who are members of the PPCC community are facing real hardships right now.  Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and many PPCC students are in that group.  Further, we know that many students and employees have family members who have lost their jobs.  The COVID-19 medical crisis is also a deeply human crisis with lost jobs creating enormous anxiety and fear at a time when we are so isolated from one another.  We are worried about you all.  

 

Our driving lane in the world is providing exceptional education that helps you, our students, reach your goals whether it be immediate employment or transfer as part of a Bachelor’s Degree Program.  We have many organizations in town who occupy the lane of providing for immediate human needs like food, housing, physical, and mental health support, among others.  You can get information on community resources by calling United Way’s 211 line anytime during business hours.  Simply dial 211 and you’ll be connected to an expert on community resources to help you through this crisis.  

 

You can also find detailed information about available community resources by visiting our website here:

 

https://www.ppcc.edu/Community-Assistance

 

Remember for any college-related PPCC student issues we also have a hotline and email:

 

HOTLINE: (719) 502-2000 or E-mail:  StudentSupport@PPCC.edu

 

We will get through this crisis together!

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

April 3, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

 

Dear PPCC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

 

MAY 4TH REOPENING

The latest projections about COVID-19 make clear to us that we need to prepare for a later return to campus than the originally planned April 13th date.  Across the college our Career and Technical Education (CTE) faculty continue their extraordinary efforts to help students complete their classes this semester.  Based on all currently available information, we will not reopen the college to face-to-face instruction until May 4th.

 

This means that throughout the month of April all PPCC buildings will remain on lockdown, with access only for those previously identified as “essential personnel”. Computer Labs will also be inaccessible until May 4th.  

 

The COVID-19 crisis requires PPCC to make clear distinctions between classes that are fully online and those that require a face-to-face component for completion.  Most PPCC classes will remain fully online for the rest of Spring Semester.  However, CTE classes like Culinary Arts, Welding, Auto-Tech, Diesel Power Mechanics, and Nursing for example, may return to the classroom on May 4th.  

 

Because of extraordinary faculty efforts, plans are now in place to allow students to return to teaching labs in CTE programs to complete course work beginning on May 4th.  I’m extremely proud of the work that’s gone into finding solutions for student completion this semester.  Thank you to our extraordinary PPCC Faculty in all disciplines for the efforts you’ve made to support our students through this crisis.

 

STAY CONNECTED

Faculty will communicate to students any plans for face-to-face instruction via D2L and email.  Students, please connect to your D2L course shells, and communicate questions about your class directly to your faculty members.  They are here to help you, and are committed to your successful course completion.

 

PPCC will continue monitoring National, State, and Local executive orders, guidelines, and best practices to balance our priorities of providing high quality instruction and doing our part to keep students and employees safe by preventing transmission of COVID-19 on our campuses.  These efforts mean that May 4th resumption of limited CTE course instruction will likely look quite different than it did prior to Spring Break.  We will limit student numbers in learning areas to 9 or fewer along with an instructor.  We will likely need to institute staggered schedules for students to attend their face-to-face courses, and ensure social distancing in the learning environment as well.

 

COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS

Students, we are adapting quickly to the changing circumstances.  We know that the changes happening are creating unexpected hardship for you.  We sincerely ask and encourage you to continue your efforts.  Don’t lose your dream of college completion because of COVID-19.  Your accomplishment of successful completion is all the more remarkable and phenomenal because you are enduring and going forward in this most difficult time. Stay connected to your courses, your faculty members, advisors, and trusted connections at PPCC.  We remain 100% committed to your success.

 

Sincerely,

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

April 3, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton to Faculty and Staff

Dear PPCC Faculty and Staff,

 

Higher Ed in the Time of Coronavirus:  It’s been an extraordinary, history making week across the globe and right here at our college as well.  Reports are arriving daily of the exceptional efforts and successes you all are creating even through the madness of today’s world.  You are finding a way, thank you!


Good News:
- Praise for IT Team.  Many people at the college are writing to share their tremendous gratitude for our Super-IT Team.  Here’s two IT stars providing laptop pickups for students who need technology help to complete their courses.  We count our phenomenal IT Department as hero’s in the COVID-19 war.

Our IT heroes on the front lines

- Grant Awarded - Great news from our world-renowned NYT cited national expert in pandemic outbreaks, and Grants Director, Kristen Watkins.  “I have just received word that our grant application with CSU-Pueblo to build the cyber student pipeline and pay for national competitions has been funded. The program period begins 4/16/2020 – 4/15/2025. We will receive $95,000 annually for 5 years for total of $475,000. This program also partners with local high schools to increase the number of students who will take these courses at PPCC.”
Kudos to our Cyber Security Team, Dallas Pierce, and Chelsy Harris for their parts in this success as well.

 

- Faculty Succeeding Online - Deans and Faculty are reporting many successes and some challenges across the college as we transition to new learning environments and radically different working environments.  I’ve heard from so many students who’ve reached out to share the kindness, understanding, empathy, support, and exceptional efforts taken by faculty to ensure their success.  As we look back on this unique time in the history our world, perseverance and kindness may be the traits we recognize as being most valued.  You all are heroes in this struggle!

 

Across the college in Student Services and Instruction, also among Facilities and HR, Communications, the PPCC Foundation, and throughout our institution I see folks picking up the mantle, taking initiative, and demonstrating resilience and determination to succeed in our mission despite the enormous challenges.  I’m thankful for every extra effort, every extra phone call, email, text, and every bit of flexibility and patience we can show one another in these lonely days of COVID-19.

 

Social Distancing is an imperative, but isolation is a danger:

Our team of VP’s and Executive Directors is meeting regularly via video conferencing using MS Teams.  We’re constantly working through the logistics of an ever-changing playbook and adapting our practices to lean ever more toward our students and supporting their success.  It’s helpful to me to see my colleagues, even on video, on a regular basis.  I encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to organize video conferences to talk through course challenges and logistics.  Perhaps more importantly though, use the video conference format to check in on one another. COVID-19 is taking a toll on our collective mental health as well as our physical health.  Isolation and loneliness is also a real danger to all of us.  Connect and support one another whether it’s a challenge with a course or student, or to talk about your pets, children, fears, hopes, favorite movies, books, or even just the crazy Colorado weather.  

 

I’m a lover of Gabrielle Garcia Marquez whose books “100 Years of Solitude“ (won the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature) and “Love in the Time of Cholera” seem particularly well suited to living in the time of Coronavirus.  I also recently read “A Prayer for Owen Meany” at the suggestion of an English faculty member.  It was a wonderful escape! What a joy it might be to share a cup of tea (or something stronger) and book discussion even by video conference.

 

We are all blundering and stumbling, but finding our way together, and we are a team. Please share your bright spots and successes with me and your colleagues.  We love nothing more than to hear about wins in this difficult time. 

 

So many of us have worked alongside one another for years; we miss the daily interaction that fed our need for connection. We all need connection.  Reach out to someone today, and ask if they’re OK, please.  

 

Sincerely,

Lance


Lance Bolton, Ph.D.
President, Pikes Peak Community College

April 3, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton to Faculty and Staff

Dear PPCC Faculty and Staff,

 

Higher Ed in the Time of Coronavirus:  It’s been an extraordinary, history making week across the globe and right here at our college as well.  Reports are arriving daily of the exceptional efforts and successes you all are creating even through the madness of today’s world.  You are finding a way, thank you!


Good News:
- Praise for IT Team.  Many people at the college are writing to share their tremendous gratitude for our Super-IT Team.  Here’s two IT stars providing laptop pickups for students who need technology help to complete their courses.  We count our phenomenal IT Department as hero’s in the COVID-19 war.



- Grant Awarded - Great news from our world-renowned NYT cited national expert in pandemic outbreaks, and Grants Director, Kristen Watkins.  “I have just received word that our grant application with CSU-Pueblo to build the cyber student pipeline and pay for national competitions has been funded. The program period begins 4/16/2020 – 4/15/2025. We will receive $95,000 annually for 5 years for total of $475,000. This program also partners with local high schools to increase the number of students who will take these courses at PPCC.”
Kudos to our Cyber Security Team, Dallas Pierce, and Chelsy Harris for their parts in this success as well.

 

- Faculty Succeeding Online - Deans and Faculty are reporting many successes and some challenges across the college as we transition to new learning environments and radically different working environments.  I’ve heard from so many students who’ve reached out to share the kindness, understanding, empathy, support, and exceptional efforts taken by faculty to ensure their success.  As we look back on this unique time in the history our world, perseverance and kindness may be the traits we recognize as being most valued.  You all are heroes in this struggle!

 

Across the college in Student Services and Instruction, also among Facilities and HR, Communications, the PPCC Foundation, and throughout our institution I see folks picking up the mantle, taking initiative, and demonstrating resilience and determination to succeed in our mission despite the enormous challenges.  I’m thankful for every extra effort, every extra phone call, email, text, and every bit of flexibility and patience we can show one another in these lonely days of COVID-19.

 

Social Distancing is an imperative, but isolation is a danger:

Our team of VP’s and Executive Directors is meeting regularly via video conferencing using MS Teams.  We’re constantly working through the logistics of an ever-changing playbook and adapting our practices to lean ever more toward our students and supporting their success.  It’s helpful to me to see my colleagues, even on video, on a regular basis.  I encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to organize video conferences to talk through course challenges and logistics.  Perhaps more importantly though, use the video conference format to check in on one another. COVID-19 is taking a toll on our collective mental health as well as our physical health.  Isolation and loneliness is also a real danger to all of us.  Connect and support one another whether it’s a challenge with a course or student, or to talk about your pets, children, fears, hopes, favorite movies, books, or even just the crazy Colorado weather.  

 

I’m a lover of Gabrielle Garcia Marquez whose books “100 Years of Solitude“ (won the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature) and “Love in the Time of Cholera” seem particularly well suited to living in the time of Coronavirus.  I also recently read “A Prayer for Owen Meany” at the suggestion of an English faculty member.  It was a wonderful escape! What a joy it might be to share a cup of tea (or something stronger) and book discussion even by video conference.

 

We are all blundering and stumbling, but finding our way together, and we are a team. Please share your bright spots and successes with me and your colleagues.  We love nothing more than to hear about wins in this difficult time. 

 

So many of us have worked alongside one another for years; we miss the daily interaction that fed our need for connection. We all need connection.  Reach out to someone today, and ask if they’re OK, please.  

 

Sincerely,

Lance


Lance Bolton, Ph.D.
President, Pikes Peak Community College

March 30, 2020

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March 30 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Students,

 

As you return to classes online this week, we know many issues and concerns will arise. We have a PPCC Hotline and Email to respond quickly to your concerns.

 

HOTLINE: (719) 502-2000 

 

E-mail:  StudentSupport@PPCC.edu

 

Through this number and email address we will answer your questions and concerns directly, or quickly reroute you to folks who can respond to your individual situation. Our goal is to respond within 24 hours.  We are prepared to respond to the following issues and more:

 

- Technical assistance with connecting to D2L

- Assistance with connecting to PPCC email

- Financial Aid issues

- Veteran and Active Duty Military student concerns

- Accessing tutoring support

- Connecting with your faculty member

- Mental health counseling

- Advising support 

- Incomplete and Withdrawal course options for Spring 2020

- Enrollment for Summer or Fall semesters

 

Please let us know how we can support your educational journey, and help you achieve and complete your goals.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

March 26, 2020

CAMPUS-WIDE ALERT

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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE - ALL CAMPUSES CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 13

In order to comply with Gov. Polis' Stay at Home order, PPCC has closed all its campuses and learning centers until at least April 13. All college services remain operational through remote services.

Classes are now online. Support services are available via the web, email and phone. Career and technical classes that had been planned to continue will suspend face-to-face instruction, going online with some and postponing the remainder of the classes with others. Faculty will communicate via email and D2L to let students know plans for their individual classes.

The college is particularly concerned about students who do not have access to computers, and, in those cases, students are strongly encouraged to contact their faculty members and explore options of taking an "Incomplete" (to be completed later) grade in the course or "Withdrawing" and taking the class again at a future date. In the case of Withdrawals, PPCC will scholarship the student's tuition to retake the class, however, there may still be fees associated with the future class. Withdrawing students who receive financial aid should contact the financial aid office a 719-502-3000.

College officials, working with state and local officials, will evaluate the ongoing health crisis and determine if it will be safe to resume face-to-face instruction on April 13.

For details and updates, please visit ppcc.edu/covid.

More Information: https://ppcc.apparmor.com/Notifications/CAP/?id=26564&t=24164469

Pikes Peak Community College

March 19, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We closed our Rampart Range Child Development Center (CDC) today because of staff shortages.  The Centennial Campus will continue operating today and tomorrow, assuming adequate staff.  Next week the CDC planned to close anyway for Spring Break as they always do.  We do not plan to reopen either CDC location until at least April 17th in accordance with the Governor’s announced closure of P-12 schools yesterday.

We are working now to process refunds for CDC parents who’ve paid already for time the CDC will now be closed.  We are also working with the CDC staff to take care of them through this process.

Best,

Lance

March 18, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Faculty, Staff, and Students,

TOPIC: CLOSING DOWNTOWN STUDIO CAMPUS

We are closing the Downtown Studio Campus to the public today at 5:00OPM.  Staff who have exterior door keys or keycards will retain access to their offices and the campus, but otherwise the campus will be closed.  It will remain closed until March 30th.  Staff working at Downtown Studio Campus should seek guidance from their supervisor about working from home or redeploying to another campus.  

This move allows PPCC to redeploy critical custodial staff and police resources to our Centennial and Rampart Campuses.  Until March 30th only the gender-neutral restrooms will be available at the Downtown Studio Campus for faculty or staff who continue to use their offices there.  This also reduces custodial resources needed there.

The Learning Commons and computer labs remain open and available to students at the Centennial and Rampart Campuses.  In addition, we closed the Community Table today, however, students seeking food assistance can still go to our Student Life desks at Rampart and Centennial Campuses for access to our food pantry.

Do Your Part,

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

March 16, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC,

As the Governor closes restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms, and more, it becomes ever more important for us to do our part.  Tonight’s announcements at his press conference were sobering and really drove the point home.

Thank you for doing your part:

  • Wash your hands
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Work from home if possible
  • Social Distancing - 6 feet or more between you and the next person
  • Look for someone who might need help - an elderly neighbor?

Take care,

Lance

March 13, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Spring Break Plans
I’m writing to provide additional information and detail to yesterday morning’s announcement that we are extending spring break by one week.  If you missed the announcement, we are beginning spring break for all on-campus students (with a small number of exceptions listed here: https://www.ppcc.edu/covid) on March 16th, one week earlier than planned, and extending until the planned end of spring break on March 27th. Classes will resume on March 30th.  The semester will still end as planned on May 12th.

Notification

If you are tested for COVID-19 please let us know.  Please notify us at COVID.Notification@ppcc.edu .  We would also like for you to let us know if you are self-quarantining because of contact with a person who has tested positive.

Transitioning to Online

Our goal is to assist our community and state in reducing transmission of COVID-19 while maintaining the highest quality of education for our students. Therefore, after spring break, beginning on March 30th many of our classes will transition to online format through D2L.  However, we will also have many classes, especially classes with active hands-on engagement, that will not transition to the online format. For example, welding, auto mechanics, nursing, and other similar programs are not transitioning to online instruction, while classes like English, history, and philosophy will transition to an online format.  All PPCC faculty will communicate via D2L and college email to their students about whether their class will transition to online format, hybrid format, or continue on campus.  For those classes that remain on campus we are working to create as much social distance between students as possible.

College Services

  • The college will remain open with all student services available including:
  • Learning Commons Computer and Tutoring Support
  • Advising
  • Testing
  • Counseling
  • Food Service
  • Disability Student Services (Accessibility)
  • TRiO
  • Student Life
  • Community Table (Food Pantries)
  • Veteran Services (Military and Veteran Programs)
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Success Center functions including coaching
  • PPCC Police Department
  • Computer Labs
  • Enrollment Services
  • Bookstore
  • Records
  • Dean of Students
  • Computer Labs

Computer labs are especially important because we know some of our students do not have computer access at home.  Our plan is to keep all computer labs open, as well as computer equipped classrooms.  We will remove some of the chairs and cover some computers to create distance between computer users to reduce risk of Coronavirus transmission between students.  In addition, we instituted an aggressive sanitation policy including disinfecting keyboards and surrounding work areas frequently.  Today we authorized the college to add temporary custodian positions to assist in our sanitation efforts.

Public Gatherings and College Events

Most events and public gatherings that are not part of a college course are canceled for the upcoming weeks.  We are trying to make cancellations of events at least two weeks prior to the event to give people time for alternative plans.  We know that a lot of work goes into events like our annual student theater production, music productions, art shows, Multicultural Affairs Conference, and other student life events. I am truly sorry for the possibility that we will be unable to hold these events for live audiences.  We are looking into possibilities for Facebook live streams or other video technology to capture performances for a virtual audience.  We have not altered plans for our commencement ceremony, however, conversations are underway about possible changes to make the event safer for attendees or other ways to create a meaningful event without risking the health of students, guests, faculty, and staff.  I’m very interested in gathering feedback from students on this issue.  We would love some creative ideas!  You can send us your ideas for making commencement meaningful while also reducing the possibility of disease transmission.  Submit your ideas here: Graduation.Ideas@ppcc.edu

If you have questions about PPCC COVID-19 related policies or response please contact us here: COVID@ppcc.edu

We will continue to update you as new information emerges about the Coronavirus that may affect our plans.  This is a rapidly evolving situation and more changes may be implemented over the spring break, so please stay connected to us by email, website, and Facebook for real-time updates.  We remain committed to your success.  Especially for students in classes that are transitioning to an online format, we are committed to working with you to help you successfully complete the semester.  

We can get through this together and keep you successfully on the path to college completion!

March 12, 2020

Human Resources, Letter from Dr. Bolton

Team,

The rapid changes in state policy, instruction plans, and both global and local news creates uncertainty and anxiety.  We want to help allay some of your concerns by addressing work and employment issues at the college.  Below is some overall guidance and our plan by employment category:

Overall Guidance for PPCC Employees

The college is open, please plan to report for work.  Exceptions to reporting for work include if you are sick or have underlying health conditions that indicate you should not be on campus.  Please communicate with your supervisor and HR if either is the case.  Supervisors please let your Directors, Associate VP’s or VP’s know of any of these instances.  Requests for accommodation based on underlying health conditions must be accompanied by documentation which may consist of a statement from the employee for now.

As we transition into more online instruction and less students on campus some work areas will allow folks to transition to working from home.  Some areas may also allow team shifts of some folks coming into the office on certain days and staying home on certain days.  For example, Team A might work on campus on M,W, F of next week and Team B might work on campus T, and TR with teams swapping the following week.  Teams staying home would hopefully still be working from home.  PPCC employees who are unable to be present at work, nor work from home may be eligible for administrative leave as outlined below.  Administrative leave means an employee is paid and does not have to use sick or annual leave.

Guidance by Employee Group

Faculty – Faculty in collaboration with their Deans will make determinations about whether to maintain on-campus classes (primarily CTE programs) or to transition to online.  Options are available between these two as well in the form of hybrid classes that might meet in person less frequently and combine online instruction with classroom meetings.  Faculty members may choose to work from home if they are equipped to do so.  If they make that choice then it is imperative they provide students with contact information since they won’t be keeping office hours.  Faculty may also choose to work from their offices or even from classrooms on campus.  If a faculty member is sick with Coronavirus symptoms or has underlying health conditions they should stay home and provide written notice to their Department Chair and Dean.  If the faculty member cannot work from home because of illness/underlying health conditions and also experiences technology limitations then the college will provide administrative leave.  Faculty will not be required to take leave in either instance.

Instructors (Adjunct Faculty) – Guidance is exactly the same as for regular faculty above. 

Classified Employees – Classified employees should report to work as usual.  However, they may make work from home arrangements in collaboration with their supervisor; supervisors should notify HR and their leadership of these arrangements.  We are seeking to create social distancing between folks, so flexible and creative work arrangements that may mix work from home with different work on campus schedules are likely.  If a classified staff member is sick with Coronavirus symptoms or has underlying health conditions they should stay home and provide written notice to their supervisor.  If the classified staff member cannot work from home because of illness/underlying health conditions and technology limitations then the college will provide administrative leave.  Classified staff will not be required to take leave in either instance.

APT Employees – APT employees should report to work as usual.  However, they may make work from home arrangements with their supervisor; supervisors should notify HR and their leadership of these arrangements.  We are seeking to create social distancing between folks, so flexible and creative work arrangements that mix work from home with different work on campus schedules are likely.  If an APT staff member is sick with Coronavirus symptoms or has underlying health conditions they should stay home and provide written notice to their supervisor.  If the APT staff member cannot work from home because of illness/underlying health conditions and technology limitations then the college will provide administrative leave.  APT staff will not be required to take leave in either instance.

Hourly Employees – Hourly employees should report to work as usual unless they are sick or have underlying health conditions that indicate they should not be on campus.  If an hourly employee cannot work on campus they should contact their supervisor and provide written notice.  The supervisor may offer work from home options depending on the individual circumstances.  Hourly employees are eligible for administrative leave based on an average number of hours worked in previous pay periods through the end of the current semester if they are unable to work on campus nor from home; these circumstances will be evaluated and determined case-by-case.  Please contact your supervisor and HR for more details.

Federal and State Work Study – Federal and State Work Study – Work Study students are encouraged to report to work as usual unless they are sick or have underlying health conditions that indicate they should not be on campus.  If a work study student cannot work on campus they should contact their supervisor and provide written notice.  The supervisor may offer work from home options depending on the individual circumstances. Work study students will be eligible to receive their funding for the Spring semester even if we are unable to make accommodations for their work.

  • Many PPCC employees may be deemed “Critical Personnel” meaning their work is critical to operational continuity.  Supervisor teams are working now on creating their “critical personnel” lists.  These folks will receive top priority for distance working technology or isolated work spaces on campus if either is called for based on the employee individual circumstances.
  • It is not our intention to provide for accommodations based on family member circumstances, only employee conditions.  We simply cannot account for all employee family, friend, roommate, and other relations.  
  • All instances of requests for accommodation to work from home or administrative leave are subject to case-by-case review.
  • The practices outlined within this note are aligned with current COVID-19 best practices and subject to change at any time.

Please notify Carlton Brooks and me if you have questions about the personnel practices described above. We will compile questions and respond as quickly as possible.  Our intention at PPCC is to take the best possible care of our employees.  We know that in doing so our faculty and staff will take the best possible care of our students.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.  We will get through this difficult time!

Lance

March 12, 2020

Employee Travel Guidelines, Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Team,

Official Travel

Effective immediately we are restricting out of state travel by PPCC employees on official business to “Essential Travel” only.  Essential travel requests must receive prior approval by your supervisor, their senior leader (VP), and me (the president) prior to traveling.  In-state travel is allowed, but attending large meetings is discouraged.

Personal Travel

Of course personal travel is still allowed and constitutionally protected.  However, we do have a duty to keep our college safe, therefore we are making the following restrictions and requests:

  • International Travel to CDC Level 2 or 3 countries requires notification to your supervisor and chain of command.  It also requires a mandatory 14 day self-quarantine upon return.  An employee may work from home during the self-quarantine period, but may not visit campus.  Violation of this policy makes an employee subject to discipline, including up to termination.  Advanced notification of your travel plans to a CDC Level 2 or 3 country is required.
  • Domestic Out of State Travel to any Area that has Declared a State of Emergency or International Travel to CDC identified countries that are not Level 2 or 3 requires the employee to notify their supervisor and chain of command.  PPCC will follow CDC recommendations for self-quarantine.  Situations around the world and even within the United States are very fluid.  We will follow CDC guidance at the time of the individual’s return.  If the CDC is recommending self-quarantine, then PPCC will make that requirement.  Please let us know about your plans prior to traveling if possible.

We view Spring Break as a likely time for acceleration of the spread of coronavirus.  Please take precautions to keep yourself safe, and do recognize that CDC guidelines regarding various regions may change very quickly.  

In addition to these guidelines, we are also notifying students of PPCC travel policies pertaining to them.  We will ask students to self-report travel and insist on 14 days of self-quarantine for any student who reports traveling to a CDC Level 2 or 3 country.  We are also reviewing our policies for international students.

Please contact your supervisor with questions; Supervisors please send your questions to Carlton Brooks and me.  We will compile questions and respond as quickly as possible.  We do recognize of course that Colorado has declared a state of emergency, but travel within the state need not be reported.  Our intentions are to stay aligned with the rapidly changing guidelines from the CDC.

Thank you for your support and cooperation,

Lance

March 12, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Team,

All PPCC campuses will remain open.

The college's spring break begins for in-person classes one week earlier than planned on March 16th.  That means spring break will be two weeks long, from March 16-27. (The semester will end as scheduled, May 12. Online classes will continue through the week of March 16th with regularly scheduled spring break the week of March 23rd. The Child Development Centers will be open March 16-20 and be closed, as scheduled, March 23-27.

We have two key North Star goals associated with this action:

  1. Maintain high quality instruction meeting expected learning outcomes and supporting student success.
  2. Reducing risk for transmission of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students.

Faculty and staff are expected to report during the week of March 16th.  Our goal is to use that week to prepare to shift as many classes as possible to online instruction.  We expect that to begin on March 30th, however, we are prepared to shift the date depending on public health information and advice.  We will also consider ways to reduce risk for classes and labs that must meet in-person.  During the class break our Facilities Staff will undertake deep cleaning and sanitizing of the campus.

There are many issues to consider including our concurrent enrollment students, labs, clinicals, hands-on instruction in CTE programs, etc.  Also, there is summer and fall registration to consider along with advising, tutoring, faculty office hours, providing student access to computer labs, reducing large gatherings, and travel policies.  We will continue to provide specific information on these issues.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 or our policies, please visit our COVID-19 webpage: https://www.ppcc.edu/covid

If you have questions beyond the information available on our website, then please email us at:  covid@ppcc.edu.

Stay safe

Wash your hands thoroughly and often

Stay home if you’re sick.

March 12, 2020

Press Release from the Colorado Community College System

CCCS Prepares Transition to Remote Instruction

13 colleges take steps to mitigate spread of COVID-19

March 12, 2020 (Denver, CO) – To ensure the health and safety of campus communities across Colorado, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) activated its emergency operations team focused on coordinating the system’s response with the CO Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the guidance provided by the Governor’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on any CCCS campus, preparation continues to receive the highest level of attention from college leaders and system administration.  

“The health and safety of our 125,000 students and 20,000 employees is our highest priority as we coordinate our response and take informed actions,” said Joe Garcia, CCCS chancellor. “Our thirteen college presidents and I are having regular, ongoing conversations and heeding the guidance of public health experts and the CDC.”

Immediate actions taking place across all thirteen colleges include limitations on large group gatherings, implementation of restrictive travel policies, and the possible extension of Spring Break for students. Staff and faculty will utilize the extra time to transition appropriate courses from in-person to remote instruction and exams, and implement risk reduction plans tailored for each campus.

Due to varying institutional size, location, and programming across CCCS colleges, some courses may not be appropriate to transition to remote learning, such as welding and nursing labs. To provide students with the opportunity to continue their educations in which they have invested so much time, money, and effort, while ensuring safety for students in these career and technical education programs, courses will be held in spaces that allow for adequate social distancing.

“We are prepared for this fast-moving, fluid situation and are implementing appropriate plans at each of our colleges to keep our communities­ safe and avoid interference with student academic progress,” said Garcia.

CCCS hopes to keep offices and colleges open, but also wants to ensure alignment with best practices to promote a healthy environment such as implementing plans to allow employees to work remotely and ensuring paid sick leave.

March 10, 2020

Letter from Joe Garcia, Chancellor, Colorado Community College System

Dear CCCS Community,

I know that the developing news about Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has generated a great deal of concern throughout our communities and campuses and that many of you have legitimate questions about how we will continue to serve our students while doing all we can to protect everyone’s health and safety. I want to take this opportunity to provide an update on the steps we are already taking based on what we know now and what our plans are to respond to the rapidly evolving situation that seems to change hourly.  

I am working closely with the System Office leadership team, including Greg Busch, CCCS Emergency Management Director, and our college presidents to address COVID-19.  We are also working closely with and taking guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CO Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in implementing the System and College emergency preparedness plans for potential pandemic incidents. Staff on the CCCS Executive Team are taking the lead in developing plans that fall in their various functional areas.  Specifically, the System is developing plans and guidance for continued academic instruction; official System and College travel guidance; personnel related questions; and IT support of students, staff and faculty.  This information will be refined, in collaboration with College Presidents and their staff, and you can expect more direct guidance and communications from your college leadership. 

Please see the links below for the most current information about ways to protect yourself from COVID-19:

We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation and I ask that you watch for continued updates as the situation changes.  In our effort to provide you with real time information as it develops, you should expect to hear from me and/or your college president on a regular basis, perhaps as often as several times a week until the situation is resolved.  CCCS has made preparing for COVID-19 a top priority and we are committed to ensuring that our offices and campuses are safe for employees and students. 

I do not intend to minimize the severity of the current situation, nor do I want people to be unduly alarmed.  As many others have said, the best thing we can do now is not to panic, but to prepare.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation, for sharing your ideas, and for working together in the best interests of our students and our college families and communities.

Joe Garcia

Chancellor

Colorado Community College System

9101 E Lowry Blvd.

Denver, CO 80230

303-595-1552

March 9, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC Team,

Since my last update on Friday, we have one presumptive positive coronavirus case in El Paso County, CO; the case was announced late Friday afternoon.  The person is in quarantine.  No other cases were detected in El Paso County over the weekend.  Attached here is a link to the El Paso County Public Health webpage.  It provides a wealth of information about this illness.  https://www.elpasocountyhealth.org/services/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

One question that’s arisen is about the name of the illness.  Coronavirus and COVID-19 are synonymous terms; both cover the current disease outbreak.  COVID-19 is the specific name of the coronavirus that’s causing the global outbreak. 

Our leadership team met this morning at 8:00AM and reviewed developments since our last meeting at 8:00AM on Friday.  Our next meeting is planned for Wednesday morning at 8:00AM.  I will update the college on any changes after each of these meetings.  Key efforts right now include completing our updated pandemic plan and having it posted on the web tomorrow and identifying essential personnel for purposes of our pandemic plan.  As of now, we are continuing normal operations for all college activities.

This afternoon Police Chief Barrentine will attend a county public health update.  In addition, much of our monthly college president’s meeting tomorrow is devoted to discussing the outbreak including planning for continuity of operations, options for students who may be ill, and HR policies for employees.  I will report again Wednesday on any developments.

Remember:

  • Clean hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

Best,

Lance

 

March 6, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As you’ve probably seen on the news, Colorado has two “presumptive positive” cases of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. There are no known cases in El Paso County, but we’re preparing for that possibility.

Our leadership team met on Thursday and again this morning, examining developments and updating plans. Our Emergency Management Team is updating the college’s Pandemic and Infectious Disease Preparedness Plan; we will post that to the campus community on Tuesday.

 

Our custodial staff is stepping up efforts to disinfect our classrooms, restrooms and common areas, paying particular attention to keep high touch surfaces (ie. door handles and handrails) clean and sanitized. They’re also placing more of the mobile, stand-alone hand sanitizer stations throughout the campuses. 

One major concern in this quickly evolving situation is travel. Students, staff and faculty planning to travel internationally (or even domestically to areas hardest hit by the virus) are encouraged to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) travel alerts (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel) and the health departments in the areas to which they’re traveling. Keep in mind, it might be possible to travel to a particular destination, and experience challenges returning if new travel restrictions are put in place or flights are canceled.  Employees with college-related travel plans should keep in touch with the supervisors in deciding whether to change those plans.

PPCC’s Study Abroad plans to Europe and South America in May are still in place, but, as we continue to monitor the spread of the virus and travel restrictions, those plans may change.

The Leadership Team this morning exercised our pandemic preparedness by meeting via video conference using the cloud-based Microsoft TEAMS app.  This is available to all employee groups and is much more efficient than VPN.  IT can assist with quick tutorials to get your teams connected via TEAMS if you anticipate needing remote meeting capabilities.

As I mentioned in my previous e-mail, this is a time to prepare, but not to panic. Telemedicine may be a viable option for some folks to avoid healthcare environments and get more information on any health-related issues they might be experiencing. Below is information provided by Human Resources to assist with telemedicine options.

Through this situation, our goal will be to keep our campus community safe, and I plan to keep you informed with as much transparency as possible, about developments with the virus as well as our plans at the college. In addition to these regular emails, we will post updates on our website. 

 

Stay safe. Wash your hands. And don’t panic.

 

Best,

Lance

 

Employees can use Telemedicine benefits provided by their medical carrier.  The CDC recommends that anyone experiencing symptoms (that are not expressly urgent) should use a form of telemedicine as their first point of care to “talk through” symptoms with a health care professional before showing up in-person.  The more contact a person has with “sick environments,” the more likely they will unwittingly participate in the spread of a disease.  All of our medical carriers provide various telemedicine platforms (see below for contact information).

 

Anthem – Customer Service, 800.542.9402

24/7 NurseLine, 800.337.4770

Video Visit, www.livehealthonline.com

Email, www.anthem.com, log into your account to email your doctor

 

Kaiser – Customer Service, 303.338.3800

Phone visit, 303.338.4545 to schedule

Video Visit, 303.338.4545 to schedule

24/7 nurse line, www.kp.org, Appointment Center to schedule

Email, www.kp.org, log into your account to email your doctor

 

UHC – Customer Service, 877.283.5424

24/7 nurse line, 866.402.0006

Virtual Visits, 877.283.5424 to schedule

Email, myuhc.com, log into your account to email your doctor

 

Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

President, Pikes Peak Community College

March 2, 2020

Letter from Dr. Bolton

Dear PPCC students, staff and faculty,

Coronavirus is raising anxiety across the nation as the story continues to rapidly evolve and expand over the weekend.  We now have confirmed cases in multiple states including Florida, New York, Washington State, California, Texas, Oregon and Rhode Island.  Public health officials in Colorado and across the nation are working hard to gather and disseminate useful and actionable information. Perhaps what makes us most fearful about this disease is the unknown. 

 

We are unsure just how dangerous the disease is, and we don’t have good information about person-to-person transmission.  Drawing on my background in microbiology and disease transmission, but certainly no insider information, I will note that 16,000 Americans have died this year from Influenza and 29,000,000 have been sickened.  Those numbers dwarf coronavirus, but we face more uncertainty with coronavirus as it’s a novel illness, and we’re accustomed to the impacts of Influenza.  All of this to say, that panic and tremendous anxiety are neither warranted nor helpful, but we do understand people are anxious.

 

Basic measures to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy are warranted now. Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly (with soap) is a great defense, not just against the new coronavirus but against regular colds and flus. Be assured that the college is doing what we can, working with local health officials to update our emergency protocols.  

 

Our culture places great value on toughness and grit.  Many of us grew up believing that we demonstrate commitment and toughness by showing up and working even when we are sick. That is not helpful!  Showing up sick means not doing your best work, and it means spreading your illness.  Let’s start shifting that culture here at PPCC.  If you are sick, please do not come to work/school.  Faculty, if you have students who are sick, please suggest ways for them to stay home and still be successful in your course.  Let’s all take responsibility to not transmit illness to others.

 

PPCC is taking seriously the need to prepare for coronavirus in Colorado and any potential impact on the college.  As of this morning, there are no known cases in Colorado, however, that could change quickly and we must be prepared.  We are planning in collaboration with CCCS Leadership, Colorado Department of Higher Education, and Colorado Public Health officials.  We have a Pandemic Plan that we are reviewing and updating; Instructional Services is taking the lead there.  We are also monitoring and acting on any recommendations from public health officials.  Below is a note from CCCS Chancellor Joe Garcia regarding statewide communications and efforts to ensure preparedness.  His note is forwarded from the Colorado Department of Higher Education; it was sent to all higher education leaders in the state.

 

Please note this Colorado Department of Public Health Fact Sheet.  It’s an excellent source of basic information about the Coronavirus.  I will keep the college posted as more information becomes available.

 

Best regards,

Lance

 

Pandemic Plan

PPCC officials have updated our Pandemic Plan. We see this as an evolving document, so if you have anything you think should be changed, added or deleted, please email our communications director, Warren Epstein at warren.epstein@ppcc.edu.

Download Plan

Recommendations from Health Officials

Health officials advise Coloradans to stay informed, take simple disease prevention measures, and prepare. 

  • Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. In the absence of soap and water, use hand-sanitizer; use a tissue or your elbow or sleeve to cover coughs and sneezes 
  • Stay home if you’re sick; keep your children home if they are sick. Talk to your employer about working from home if necessary.
  • We advise Coloradans to always be prepared for an emergency and have a plan for your family. Coloradans can visit the CDC’s website for more information on how to create a plan.  
  • Stay informed with reliable, up-to-date information. People who have general questions about coronavirus disease 2019, can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email  COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more. Coloradans can also visit the CDCand CDPHE websites for more information on best practices.