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  • President's Biography
  • Patricia A. Erjavec

    President, Pueblo Community College


    Pueblo native Patty Erjavec has served as President of Pueblo Community College (PCC) since June 1, 2010. She oversees PCC’s main campus in Pueblo as well as its Fremont Campus in Canon City and its Southwest Colorado Community College East Campus in Durango and West Campus in Mancos/Cortez. She is the college’s first woman president.

    Erjavec’s main areas of focus at PCC have been on improving student access, retention and graduation rates. She gained approval for bond issues that developed a new and modern Learning Center on the Pueblo campus as well as an expanded, enhanced student-approved College Center, both projects directly targeting student success by providing more learning resources and student life.

    In addition, Patty was instrumental in the college adopting a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing student success and growth as well as customer service. These included:

    • Establishing a President’s Leadership Program that is articulated with CSU-Pueblo.
    • Supporting Phi Theta Kappa with new scholarship dollars to aid student participation.
    • Adopting a philosophy of “Building a Culture of Learning & Student Success at PCC.”
    • Forming a Student Retention Project Team.
    • Developing a Customer Solution Center to enhance service to students and potential students.
    • Drawing on community resources by starting a Student Mentorship Program.
    • Expanding services to veterans including the establishment of the Downtown Studio to provide a smaller venue in the city’s core area for serving new and existing veterans as well as displaced and low-wage workers
    • Re-working an expansion plan for PCC’s Fremont Campus to include a remodeling and reconfiguration to better utilize both campus space and available funds.
    • Partnering with the Center for American Values to offer classes to both students and community members at the CAV’s Riverwalk headquarters
    • Partnering with St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center to open a Simulation Lab in the hospital to enhance “real-work training” for PCC students while aiding the hospital’s skills assessments.
    • Developing an Admission Promise agreement with Fort Lewis College.

    In her first year, Erjavec introduced the annual Celebration Walk that has become part of the tradition on the first day of each fall semester to congratulate students for taking the first step on their journey to success. She also was the catalyst for PCC adopting the “PCC Promise” to develop a college-wide culture of positively helping and respecting both students and staff while celebrating their accomplishments.

    Prior to coming to PCC, Erjavec worked 11 years at El Pueblo … an Adolescent Treatment Community including the last nine as its President and CEO. Under her leadership, El Pueblo evolved into a Center of Excellence, noted for providing high-quality care in the delivery of a continuum of residential and non-residential services. It also became an accredited Behavioral Healthcare Facility and was licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Behavioral Health to provide substance abuse treatment. She also oversaw the construction and renovation of 11 therapeutic cottages and several other support services on the El Pueblo grounds. Under her direction, it increased its capacity by 50%.

    Before starting at El Pueblo, Erjavec was employed in a variety of responsible capacities with three Pueblo companies. She held several positions with PCL Packaging, Inc., including six years as its general manager; was Controller for Magnum Gas & Oil, Inc.; and was Cost Accountant/Supervisor for Alpha Beta Packing Company.

    During her working career, Erjavec served over seven years on the State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education, two of those years as chairperson. She served on the Board for USD Bank and the Colorado Association of Family and Children’s Agencies. Patty is a member of Rotary #43 and is a former board member for the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry Education Foundation, St. John Neumann Catholic School, and the Workforce Development Board of Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties. She also has contributed to numerous other local and state boards, committees or agencies by serving as them either as their chair, officer or member.

    Ms. Erjavec has been recognized for both her professional and personal contributions by several organizations. She was inducted into the Pueblo Hall of Fame in 2010 and the South High School Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2005, Patty was named Administrator of the Year by the Colorado Adolescent Mental Health Coalition, and in 2003 she became the first woman recipient of the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce’s Charles W. Crews Outstanding Business Person of the Year award. In spring 2013, she was cited for her support of students by being named the recipient of the Colorado Community College System’s President/Vice President Award, and she also was presented with a Distinguished Service to Education Award by CSU-Pueblo for both current and long-time efforts to aid students.

    Patty has a master’s degree in non-profit management from Regis University, where she graduated with Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society honors, and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo). She was a participant in the Leadership for the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School, JFK School of Government, Executive Education, Class of 2008; the El Pomar Foundation Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program in 2002; and the 2001 Leadership Pueblo class.