5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Accrediting Agency:North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Pikes Peak Community College was established in 1968 as El Paso Community College with more than 800 students enrolling in the fall of 1969. Today, it is the second largest community college in the state of Colorado and the largest postsecondary educational institution in Colorado Springs with more than 22,000 students. A member of the Colorado Community College System, PPCC strives to offer accessible and affordable education for those living in the region. Four campuses serve the south, central, north, and northeast areasÃ¿of Colorado Springs â€” the Centennial, Downtown Studio, Rampart Range, and Falcon Campus. Additionally, PPCC has education centers at Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
With more than 200 areas of study and about 150 degree and certificate career and technical education programs, PPCC has a lot to offer in terms of learning. There are 14 academic departments in areas such as foreign languages, political science, accounting, business administration, early childhood education, medical office technology, nursing, and more. Career and technical education programs allow students to earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science or a Certificate of Achievement in less than two years. These types of programs help students receive hands-on experience through curriculum and facilities that simulate the workplace. Transfer programs at PPCC allow students to complete the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree program before transferring to a public four-year institution. In addition, it also has transfer agreements with various private, four-year institutions. Alternative learning opportunities are available through Internet courses, video-conferenced courses, interactive television, hybrid courses, and weekend college.
Pikes Peak Community College has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission since 1975, according to College Navigator.
Admission to PPCC is open to anyone who is 17 years of age or older and has a high school diploma, GED, or college degree. Those who do not meet the minimum age requirement can be admitted through a concurrent enrollment, charter, or home school program. All applicants must submit a completed application and proof of highest education level attained. All applicants must complete an application for admission and those who have not taken the ACT, SAT, or college classes will likely have to take a placement assessment to evaluate their basic skills. Those who wish to transfer to PPCC must submit an official transcript from previously attended colleges. Admission into a specific program depends on the number of students applying each semester.