History of the College

Pikes Peak Community College was established by a legislative act in 1968 and was then called El Paso Community College. When the College opened its doors in September, 1969, more than 800 students attended classes in rented buildings in Old Colorado City on the west side of town. Enrollment grew rapidly, and the need for permanent facilities soon became apparent. The full-service Centennial Campus was built at the south end of Colorado Springs in 1978. In that same year, the name of the College was officially changed to Pikes Peak Community College.

The Pikes Peak Region has experienced significant population growth during the last several decades, driving the community need for expanded educational services. This demand resulted in the opening of the Downtown Studio Campus in central Colorado Springs in 1986 and the Rampart Range Campus in the north end of the city in 1998.

Today, PPCC has grown and expanded to become the largest postsecondary educational institution in Colorado Springs and offers the most widely accessible and affordable education in the region. Serving the residents of El Paso, Teller, and Elbert Counties, PPCC offers more than 125 programs of study in transfer liberal arts and sciences areas and career and technical training.

Currently, Pikes Peak Community College helps over 20,000 people each year begin their education, advance their careers, and enrich their lives.