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University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS)

  • 2012 Enrollment:
    • 9,777 fall 2012 on-campus students, +5% (record-high enrollment)
    • 2,000 students enrolled in online courses
    • 24% Pell Grant recipients
    • 40% first generation
    • 24% minority
  • Among fastest growing universities in the state and nation
  • Fall 2012 Graduate Student Enrollment:
    • 1,460 graduate students
    • Fourth largest public university graduate enrollment in Colorado (CU Denver, CU Boulder, CSU-Fort Collins, UCCS)
  • Graduation rates for ethnic minority groups exceed peer university average
  • More than 380 active duty military personnel, 150 veterans and 20 U.S. Olympic athletes
  • UCCS core expenses are 14% less than those of peer universities
  • UCCS receives $1,023 less state support per full-time student than peer universities
  • UCCS tuition and fees are 8% less than peers
  • UCCS has 40% fewer full time equivalent staff than peer universities
  • UCCS offers 36 bachelor's degrees, 19 masters, and five doctoral degrees
  • US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
    • Ninth among Western regional public universities
    • Ninth nationally for public undergraduate engineering
    • Top-ranked graduate programs in nursing, business and public affairs
  • GI Jobs
    • Military Friendly (top 15% of colleges and universities)
  • The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) named UCCS one of two national leaders in community engagement efforts
Unique and High-Need Programs:
  • Applied Geography
  • Geropsychology
  • Professional Golf Management (Business)
  • Sports Management
  • Bachelor of Innovation
  • Special Education
  • Nursing
  • Health Care Science
  • Homeland Security
  • Disaster Management
  • Criminal Justice
Economic Impact:
  • UCCS is one of the largest employers in southern Colorado employing 1,694 people. The estimated employment impact is 2,638 jobs
  • UCCS contributes $310 million annually to the Colorado Springs economy
  • More than 65% of UCCS graduates live in Colorado
  • UCCS students, faculty and staff generate $30 million annually in state and local taxes
  • A branch of the CU School of Medicine will be located at UCCS
  • The Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium is a framework to increase higher education access, persistence and completion. The consortium is focused on opportunities for nontraditional, underrepresented and first-generation students to promote long-term economic development
    • Consortium members include UCCS, Colorado State University-Pueblo, Adams State College, Western State College, Fort Lewis College, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Lamar Community College and Otero Junior College
  • Partnerships
    • Peak Vista Community Health Centers to operate a senior health clinic as part of the Lane Academic Health Sciences Center, the first UCCS building on North Nevada Ave.
    • Cisco Systems, Inc., to provide education programs and counseling to be delivered to institutions in southern Colorado using Cisco Systems technologies
    • Southern Colorado Economic Forum to guide the region by bringing together public, private and academic economic experts
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Colorado State University - Pueblo

CSU-Pueblo's campus, spanning more than 275 acres, crowns the north end of Pueblo, Colorado. Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich city of over 100,000 located in the heart of the state, along the Arkansas River near the Greenhorn Mountains in the colorful Pikes Peak region of Southern Colorado.

The city of Pueblo, Colorado is a place where your dreams can be as big as the snow-capped mountains, where fleece jackets and tuxedos are equally trendy, where small-town charm meets big-city fusion. Pueblo contains a dynamic mix of arts and culture, shopping and dining, sports and entertainment.

Approximately 300 sunny days a year attract outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, playing tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west, or just getting some sun.

The nightlife venues feature local and national artists performing at the Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, dinner theaters, and local nightclubs.

Nearby, mountain communities host unique festivals, world-renown ski slopes and abundant recreational adventures.

Take in the friendly atmosphere at one of the local coffee cafes, enjoy the rich and spicy dining experience that is making this region popular, or watch a sunset from the shore of Lake Pueblo.

We invite you to explore our beautiful city from the shopping malls and 14-screen theater approximately 2 miles from campus, to the Royal Gorge Bridge less than an hour away. We're proud to be a part of such a beautiful and dynamic city, Pueblo Colorado, Home of Heroes (4 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients).

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Pikes Peak Community College

Pikes Peak Community College provides a wide variety of educational experiences to prepare you either to enter the workforce with important skills or to transfer to a four-year college or university upon completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree.  The college offers almost 150 degree and certificate career and technical education programs whose faculty members have wide experience working in the disciplines they teach.  Degrees in the arts and sciences transfer to all of Colorado’s public universities as well as colleges and universities throughout the United States. 

We are proud of our excellent faculty and staff at PPCC.  I’m sure you’ll find them helpful and dedicated to providing you an educational experience of the highest quality.  The college also offers many services for students including financial aid assistance, veteran’s services, tutoring, career planning and advising, services for those with disabilities, child care and many others.  We’re in a location near you at one of our four campuses in the Colorado Springs area (Centennial Campus in the south, Rampart Range Campus in the north, the Downtown Studio Campus, and the Falcon Campus (in the east).  We also provide a full range of courses via our distance education division, so if work or family make it difficult to come to campus, learn with us online at PPCC-Connect.

Pikes Peak Community College continues to grow with over 20,000 students enrolled this year.  We are the second largest community college in Colorado and a member of the Colorado Community College System.  The college is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. We have the resources, and, more importantly, the commitment to help you achieve your goals for a better, brighter future.

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Pueblo Community College

We offer more than 50 certificate and Associate Degree programs, and we are a state leader in health care education. The job-placement rate for graduates of our Health Professions programs is virtually 100 percent, and many are hired before they even graduate. In August 2007, we launched the new Massage Therapy program, Fire Science program, and the Energy Maintenance program. In March 2008, PCC continued to expand educational opportunities with the implementation of a Cosmetology program in 2009, a Health Information Technology, and in 2010 a Polysomnography Program.

Pueblo Community College is approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, which approves degrees, and by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education which approves certificates. The Pueblo Community College Curriculum and Academic Standards Committee reviews and approves new programs, or changes to existing programs, before they are sent to the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education for final state approval. Pueblo Community College grants Certificates of Completion (CERT), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of General Studies (AGS), and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Each program requires a major area of concentration that is composed of a defined sequence of courses. A minimum of 60 semester hours is required for an associate degree, and a minimum of two courses is required for a certificate. The title and degree levels of these courses of study are subject to approval by the Community Colleges of Colorado and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

Two campuses serving Southern Colorado; Pueblo Campus and Fremont Campus.

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Otero Junior College

Founded in 1941, Otero Junior College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado.

Otero Junior College is proud of its reputation as one of the finest community colleges in the State of Colorado. Over 97 percent of Otero Junior College students are employed upon graduation or go on to continue their education at 4-year colleges or universities.

Supported by state tax dollars, tuition at OJC is affordable. Many students attending OJC qualify for financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, student loans and on-campus work-study jobs. OJC is a full-service campus with modern dorms, library, classrooms and state-of-the-art technology.

The college sponsors over a dozen student organizations including a nationally awarded Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and an International Relations organization that celebrates and promotes cultural diversity on the campus. The OJC Rattlers varsity athletic programs include Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Golf. Men’s varsity sports include Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, and Golf.

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Lamar Community College

We enrich lives through learning.

Our mission. Our passion.

Founded in 1937, Lamar Community College is a learner-centered, coeducational, two-year post-secondary institution. As part of the Colorado Community College System, LCC is committed to providing its more than 1,000 students with:
  • Transfer programs that qualify students for admission to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Educational offerings that meet the occupational needs of students in technical and vocational fields.
  • Developmental education to build basic academic skills.
  • Opportunities for perpetual learning and lifelong development.
  • An environment that supports learners and learning.
  • A comprehensive program for assessment of student learning focused on enhancing student success.
LCC Vision Statement
“At Lamar Community College, we are committed to providing the highest quality education in an environment of service excellence.”
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Trinidad State Junior College

Established in 1925, Trinidad State Junior College is the oldest community college in Colorado. With campuses in Trinidad and Alamosa, Colorado, TSJC provides an affordable and accessible education to students within the service region and beyond. TSJC offers unique academic programs in fields such as Gunsmithing, Aquaculture, Cosmetology, Welding, Holistic Health and Massage Therapy, Line Technician and Nursing, in addition to traditional Arts and Sciences classes and a guaranteed transfer program through a partnership with four-year colleges and universities in Colorado.

Trinidad State Junior College enriches the academic, technical, and cultural life of our diverse community. We are committed to offering traditional and alternative approaches to education, providing quality instruction, and promoting lifelong learning.

Trinidad State Junior College will continue to be an active partner in building and maintaining academic excellence and economic vitality in the region it serves.  This will be accomplished through the following goals and objectives:

Goal 1 - Student Access
a)      To create, market, and implement innovative educational programs, including programs delivered via distance learning and other alternative approaches, in order to meet the needs of all segments of our service area.
b)      To encourage and value diversity in our student population.
Goal 2 - Student Success
a)      To educate and qualify students for careers in technical fields and to assist them in securing employment in these fields.
b)      To prepare students to transfer and succeed in their baccalaureate studies.
c)      To provide supportive learning opportunities – English as a Second Language, GED, and developmental studies – which prepare students for college-level work.
d)      To foster an atmosphere of friendliness, civility, and respect and to provide support programs which promote student learning and success.
e)      To hire faculty and staff who are of the highest quality and reflective of our diverse community, to treat them with integrity and respect, to have their pay be reflective of their experience and education within the community college system, and to provide them with ample opportunities for their professional development.
Goal 3 - Operational Excellence
a)      To ensure that the college is run efficiently and safely, using modern technology appropriately.
b)      To monitor the college’s performance in all areas and to use the data gathered to improve the college’s overall effectiveness.
c)      To provide shared governance opportunities by which college faculty and staff participate in significant institutional decisions.
Goal 4 - Community Relationships
a)      To provide training and education that will enhance workforce skills for businesses in our community.
b)      To present opportunities for cultural enrichment and life-long learning for our community.
     To provide opportunities for students to interact positively and appropriately in the community.Two campus to serving Southern Colorado; Trinidad Campus and Valley Campus.

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