Pikes Peak Community College Fact Sheet

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Founded in 1968

PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE has three full-service campuses and four learning centers serving El Paso, Teller and Elbert Counties. PPCC offers more than 158 associate degrees and certifications in career and technical fields and serves nearly 19,000 students annually. PPCC’s website is at www.ppcc.edu. PPCC has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission since 1975.

President: Lance Bolton, Ph.D.

Prior to serving as President of PPCC, Dr. Bolton was President of Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., for nearly five years. Dr. Bolton received his Ph.D. in food science and technology from the University of Georgia in 1997. Prior to his presidency at Northeastern Junior College, Dr. Bolton was Global Director for Research and Development for DuPont Qualicon and was also the North American sales manager for the company.

Signature/Unique Programs:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Allied Health
  • Concurrent Engineering Program
  • Construction (Fall 2017)
  • Culinary Arts
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Nursing
  • Water Quality Management
  • Zoo Keeping Technology


Centennial Campus
5675 South Academy Boulevard Colorado Springs CO 80906-5498 Pikes Peak Community College
Downtown Studio Campus
100 West Pikes Peak Avenue Colorado Springs CO 80903 Pikes Peak Community College
Rampart Range Campus
11195 Highway 83 Colorado Springs CO 80921 Pikes Peak Community College

Learning Centers

  • Fort Carson Army Base Education Center
  • Peterson Air Force Base Education Center
  • Falcon School District 49 (Creekside Success Center)

Fall 2016 Headcount Enrollment: 13,193

Part-time: 63%
Minority: 34%
Female: 57%
Military: 26%

Average Age: 25

Average Class Size: 16

Graduation Rate: 18%

Retention Rate: 53%

Points of Pride:

  • Largest higher education institution in Southern Colorado serving 19,000 students annually.
  • One of the highest first-generation rates in the state (55%).
  • Serve over 3,000 military, veterans and military dependents annually. That’s more than any other college in Colorado.
  • New construction program, launching Fall 2017.
  • PPCC Foundation has increased scholarship funding to record levels with an emphasis on CTE, from $200K awarded in AY15-16 to $800K in AY16-17.
  • Total employees: 1,064 (169 full-time faculty, 510 adjunct instructors and 385 staff)

Companies/Organizations Receiving Workforce Development Training from Pikes Peak Community College Include:

Our Future:

Learning Commons at Centennial Campus

The Centennial Campus Library is being remodeled to create a Learning Commons to better serve our students. All our major academic support areas including tutoring, math and writing assistance, study areas, the Library and support staff will be housed in the same location making it more efficient for students to get the support they need. In a related construction project, the first floor of the Aspen building has rem been remodeled to centralize student services for easier access and navigation. These services include enrollment, financial aid, testing and CP&A.

Marie Walsh Sharpe Creative Commons

A record breaking $1 million grant from the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation has allowed PPCC to develop the Downtown Studio Campus into a cornerstone for regional arts education as well as a major destination for cultural events in the Downtown in Downtown Colorado Springs. The project, due to be completed by fall 2017, will include a multi-use art studio with state of the art digital, garden/outdoor studio and another indoor 2-D art studio.

Military & Veterans Center of Excellence

This new center opened in February 2014. It enhances PPCC’s capacity to continue to provide academic advising, paper- work processing and referral services to the roughly 4,000 military and veteran students we serve each semester. The addi- tional space has allowed for a peer tutoring program, an expanded computer lab, study area, lounge and dedicated meeting space. Additional student support resources will be put into place within the next year.

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Division partners with local businesses to create customized trainings and workforce training programs and offers community education classes in a variety of areas, including small business development and personal enrichment.