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  • PCC bucks trend, sees enrollment gains

    Enrollment up 5%

    PUEBLO – Pueblo Community College is ready to make a significant contribution to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s goal of making education more attainable for all Coloradans.

    This week the CCHE announced a master plan to significantly boost the number of Coloradans who have postsecondary certificates and two- and four-year degrees. It fits in with many of the initiatives already being practiced at PCC.

    “We’re pleased to see that our efforts are aligning beautifully with CCHE’s master plan to increase student accessibility and success,” said PCC President Patty Erjavec.

    One primary indicator of that alignment is visible on campus: Enrollment at PCC is up more than 5 percent this fall.

    The total number of students on PCC’s four campuses – Pueblo, Canon City, Durango and Mancos – rose from 4,999 in fall 2016 to 5,256 this year, an increase of 5.14 percent. In addition, the number of first-time students rose 50 percent, from 584 to 878.

    PCC also made gains in its number of online and concurrent enrollment (high school) students.

    “The value of a community college education is being recognized,” Erjavec said. “Students can get in, get out, get a job and create a good life for themselves and their families.

    “I’m proud of our faculty and staff, of their selfless service to our students and the community. It’s a high-performing team doing whatever it takes for student success.”

    The four PCC programs with the biggest increase in enrollment this semester are emergency medical services (62 percent increase), dental hygiene (40 percent), business (25 percent) and early childhood education (22 percent).

    “We’re actively engaged with our community advisory boards,” said Erjavec. “We listen to what our local businesses need and then we help our students gain those advanced skills as quickly and affordably as they can.”

    The CCHE plan, “Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development,” includes four strategies for the state’s colleges and universities – increase credential completion, erase equity gaps, improve student success and invest in affordability and innovation. The goal is to see 66 percent of Coloradans with completed postsecondary certificates or degrees by 2025.

    Currently, 55 percent of Colorado residents have completed postsecondary education, according to CCHE. 

    More information about the plan can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education's website.

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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.