PCC campuses to be closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1

All PCC campuses will be open Monday through Wednesday this week (Dec. 22-24) before completely closing from Thursday, Dec. 25, until the Jan. 2, the day after New Year's Day.

It's a holiday break -- use this time to relax, get some rest, visit with family & friendsThe holiday season can be a bit frantic at times for some, especially the first part leading up to Christmas. But no matter what holiday you celebrate, PCC's winter break is a time for catching up on some R&R, too. Take some time to kick back, catch a movie, read a book or maybe at least start one, socialize with your friends and family, watch some sports on the tube - whatever, just enjoy some down time for a change to recharge your batteries so you can start 2015 well-rested.

Watch our short, lighthearted PCC "Happy Holiday" video & catch our seasonal spiritOur Panther has a way of brightening any moment, and the PCC mascot does his best to get everyone in a positive holiday frame of mind here by appearing in this lighthearted, whimsical video created by our Center for New Media's Broadcasting crew. He's even joined by a couple of elves as they are pictured sneaking around the Pueblo campus grounds and visiting a couple of offices to distribute a little holiday cheer. The beginning will pique your interest about who the PCC mascot is, and the surprise ending will just accentuate that question in your head. Click here to view the video.

Check out the excellent work of our welding students at ElectriCritters displayYou can view some of the outstanding work created by our welding students at the 26th annual ElectriCritters light display that is now being show at the Pueblo Zoo. Viewing hours are 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Tuesday, Dec. 23, and Dec. 26-31. Check out the outstanding workmanship of the lighted figurines since PCC welding students created them.

Get registered for Spring Semester classes before PCC's Winter Break beginsNow is a great time to register for PCC's Spring Semester. Ease your mind and avoid the January rush by getting your class schedule in place before the winter break. If you are a prospective new student, the Downtown Studio at Main and City Center Drive (First Street) is a great place to meet with PCC reps and get the application and FAFSA forms done, discuss financial aid, take the Accuplacer test, etc. Call 549-3200 for more information..

Massage Therapy department adds associate degree option to its certificate programPCC's Massage Therapy department has added an Associate of Applied Science degree option to go with its certificate program. Individuals who have already earned the certificate can now complete the degree by taking between 15 and 19 credits hours of general education requirements in one semester. Registration for these spring semester classes is underway through Jan. 16. Go to PCC's Go!Zone enrollment center, located in the Student Center, between the weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You also can call PCC at 549-3200. Beginning Jan. 5, contact Bonnie Housh at 543-3198.

Three EMS Refresher courses are being offered in the upcoming Spring SemesterPCC’s Emergency Medical Services department is offering the following 3 EMS Refresher courses in the upcoming spring semester:
"Paramedic Refresher" and "EMT-Intermediate Refresher" will run together every other Friday beginning Jan. 30 through March 27. Each course is three credits and worth 52 hours of continuing education credits.
"EMT Refresher" is a two-credit class worth 35 hours of continuing education credit. The class will be held every Friday from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27.

Enrollment will end Jan. 30 for all 3 courses, which offer all of the hours necessary for re-certification for Colorado and count equal hours toward National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians' (NREMT) certification renewal. For more information, call 549-3489.

Take a foreign language in the Spring Semester and expand your horizons foreverTaking a foreign language is a great way to learn a culture as well as a new language, thereby truly making your life richer. These classes are available for the Spring Semester:
SPA 235 Spanish Reading-Writing
• Conversational Spanish I & II
• Spanish Language I, II, III and IV

French 111, and Italian 111

For information about these classes, call 549-3262 or 549-3385.

Reserve your spot now for this special Recreation Center talk scheduled in JanuaryPCC's Recreation Center has scheduled a free Eat, Move & Thrive talk that will take place on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Rec Center, which is located in Room 159 of the Student Center. The session will include:
• Increasing your metabolism through resistance training
• Mastering your nutritional intake to optimize your well-being
• Free blood pressure readings
• Body composition readings (body fat analysis)
• Nutritional handouts
• Free prizes in a drawing

This talk will have limited space, so reservations to secure a spot are required by calling (719) 549-3363.

Learn how you can get a fresh start on a new career by attending this info session Persons interested in going back to school to start a new career or starting college after being out of school for some time are encouraged to attend the Back for the Future session that will take place 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, in the Barb Fortino Room. Learn what the best careers are and what you need to get into them. There will be light dinner. RSVPs are required by calling 549-3116.

Note • Library hours - The PCC Library on the Pueblo campus will be open 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 8-2 on Wednesday and then will be closed through Jan. 4 before reopening Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
• Kickoff breakfast - The Spring Kickoff & Employee Appreciation Breakfast for all PCC faculty, staff and instructors will take place Thursday, Jan. 15, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Fortino Ballroom.

Quote for the Day

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination." ~ Albert Einstein