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Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College is showing strong enrollment growth for the upcoming fall semester. As of August 6, student registrations are up by 5.5 percent over fall semester 2003.

One of the biggest draws is the guaranteed transfer of college credits to a four-year college or university. For students who are planning on getting a bachelor's degree, PPCC has programs in place to make transfer a breeze. The 60+60 Bachelor's Degree Transfer Program makes it all happen. 60+60 means sixty credits with PPCC, and sixty with the state college or university of choice.

Students spend two years at PPCC, earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, and transfer with half the credits needed to complete a four-year degree. When a student enrolls in the program and completes each course with a grade of "C" or better, the college can guarantee that the hours earned will be automatically accepted by any four-year, public institution of higher learning in the state. Colorado School of Mines has special requirements for certain programs - students who are interested in transferring there should discuss it with their college advisor.

Tuition at Pikes Peak Community College can be less than half of the cost of a public, four-year college or university, so students save a lot of money. Other colleges actively recruit PPCC graduates as transfer students, because they have a track record of being highly successful. Some colleges and universities offer special incentives for PPCC graduates to go to their school. These include financial aid packages, one-on-one mentoring, and full student privileges and benefits at their school while a student is still attending PPCC. For details, log on to the PPCC website at www.ppcc.edu and look up Destination CSU or University Connections for UCCS.

PPCC offers more than 125 programs in the liberal arts and sciences and career training. In addition to two-year degree programs, PPCC offers short-term certificates, fast-track training and self-paced programs.

PPCC has three full-service campuses in Colorado Springs. Centennial Campus is located in the south part of the city at 5675 South Academy Boulevard, just off of I-25. On the north side, Rampart Range Campus is at the intersection of InterQuest Parkway and Highway 83. The Downtown Studio Campus is centrally located at 100 West Pikes Peak Avenue, just west of the Penrose Library. For students with tight schedules or transportation issues, PPCC offers a large selection of distance learning courses.

PPCC has recently opened two brand-new, state-of-the-art child care facilities at Centennial Campus and Rampart Range Campus. The new facilities accept children ranging in age from 6-weeks to 12-years-old. PPCC offers an income-based, sliding scale fee for child care, thereby reducing barriers to education. Both centers will serve as lab schools for the Early Childhood Education program.

PPCC prides itself on student diversity and offers activities and organizations to that end. Last year, PPCC worked with the Latino Unity Council and sponsored a successful Latino Youth Leadership Conference for parents and their children to encourage them to attend college. Additionally, the Student Support Services program offers special assistance and support to first-generation, low-income, and disabled students.

Fall classes start Monday, August 23. To find out more, call 540-PPCC (7722). Apply online and view the fall schedule at www.ppcc.edu.

 

 
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