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Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC)

5675 S Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO

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Pikes Peak Community College opened as El Paso Community College in 1968. Now in its forty-third year of operation, PPCC is a two-year college offering associate's degrees and various certifications in Career and Technical fields. With more than 150 programs of study, PPCC has a proud tradition of helping people get a fresh start - a start toward completion of a degree, a start towards a better job, a start towards a better and more enriching life. Statistics has proven that PPCC students who transfer to local four-year colleges do better than students who start at the four-year college. Small classes taught by professors offer an unparalleled experience for undergraduate students.

We know that there are many different reasons why students decide to come to PPCC. Perhaps you plan to begin an academic career that you intend to continue at a four-year institution. Perhaps you want to pursue occupational training for job and career advancement, or to cultivate a special interest in one of our hundreds of different course offerings. Our students come from all walks of life, all age groups, and all educational and occupational backgrounds. What they share in common is a desire to improve themselves through learning. Whatever your motivation and goals, PPCC is here to serve you.

PPCC has a nationally-accredited Child Development Center located at two campuses; Centennial Campus has a gym and fitness center, and a fitness center is being planned at Rampart Range Campus. A new campus was recently opened in Falcon to serve Eastern El Paso County and communities on the Eastern Plains. An exciting Natural Resouce Technology program is housed at the Falcon Campus.

Transfer Programs

Students can complete the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree at Pikes Peak Community College and then transfer to a four-year public institution as a junior by adhering to the Colorado Community College System’s 60+60 Bachelor’s Degree Transfer Program. Additionally, Pikes Peak Community College has transfer agreements with a variety of private four-year institutions. Students should consult with their faculty advisors during their first semester or as early as possible for detailed information about transfer.

For more information visit Pikes Peak Community College website at: http://www.ppcc.edu

If you are interested in finding a great community college in Colorado, please visit our profile page for Colorado community colleges which are organized by the percent of students successfully transferring out to a 4-year college.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $2,700-$3,200
    • Out-of-State: $11,000-$13,320
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $110-$140 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $460-$560 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid72%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships64%$5,803
Receiving Student Loans39%$5,420

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 13%.

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Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Pikes Peak Community College may provide student services like:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Pikes Peak Community College, versus those community colleges found throughout the state of Colorado, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.

 PPCCEl Paso CountyColorado
Graduation Rate20.5%-27.4%
Transfer-out Rate11.5%-16.5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1969)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Pikes Peak Community College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Computer Networking (A, C)
  • Computer (A, C)
  • Information Science Studies (A, C)
  • Computer Information Technology Services Administration and Management (C)

Construction Trades

  • Building and Construction Finishing, Management and Inspection (A, C)

Education

Engineering Technology

  • Cad Drafting (A, C)
  • Architectural Engineering Technology (A, C)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (A)
  • Water Quality Abd Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technician (A, C)

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Sign Language Interpretation and Translation (A, C)

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

  • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts (A, C)

Precision Production

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

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