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  • PCC announces partnership with Bayfield school district

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    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College and the Bayfield School District are partnering to offer college courses to Bayfield High School students and the community.

    The two entities signed a memorandum of understanding in March for PCC to offer general education courses for high school students and the community.

    Beginning this fall, PCC will operate a site at 658 East South St., the former location of Bayfield Primary School. Classes will be offered face-to-face on site and at Bayfield High School, as well as through virtual classrooms and online instruction.

    “The addition of the PCC Southwest Bayfield Site is yet another exciting opportunity for the college to deliver on the PCC Promise,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec. “We are so pleased to be able to expand our offering of affordable access to higher education.

    “By establishing a collaboration site with the Bayfield school district, the pathways offered will be specific to the needs of the community, ensuring highly skilled, highly educated individuals remain available to contribute to the community and region at large.”

    PCC will offer guarantee-transfer general education classes that lead to pathways in education, psychology and social sciences. Courses will include math, English, psychology, science and humanities.

    Career and technical education programs will include courses to support students who are interested in obtaining a degree or certificate in construction trades, culinary arts, emergency medical services, health professions, business and accounting.

    “On March 13, Bayfield became a college town and we are excited to launch this collaboration site between our school district and Pueblo Community College,” said Bayfield School District Superintendent Kevin Aten.

    “We are excited not only because of the investment in lifelong learning, but the commitment to offering high school students and community members access to high-quality college and career courses.”

    The arrangement will allow Bayfield High School students to take concurrent enrollment classes that help students earn transferrable college credits and even graduate with an associate degree at the same time they graduate high school, saving them thousands of dollars in tuition costs.

    In addition to its Southwest Campus in Mancos, PCC operates a Durango site on the campus of Durango High School. The Southwest campus provides student services such as admissions, advising and financial aid, all of which students at the Bayfield site will be able to access online.

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    Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.