Jan 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog 
  
2018-2019 Catalog

About PCC



Welcome to Pueblo Community College

You’ve Made the Right Choice!

For 85 years, Pueblo Community College (PCC) has provided the education and training that gives our students the skills they need to qualify for good jobs or transfer to a four-year school. We are a two-year community college accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We are one of 13 colleges in the Colorado Community College System, the fastest-growing educational system in Colorado. We offer more than 50 associate degree programs, more than 150 certificates, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental. We are a state leader in health care education.

Pueblo Community College has four locations to serve students’ educational needs. The main campus is located in Pueblo and serves Pueblo County. The Fremont Campus, located in Cañon City, serves Fremont and Custer counties. Pueblo Community College has locations in southwest Colorado. The Pueblo Community College Southwest Campus is located on Highway 160 between Mancos and Cortez and the Pueblo Community College Southwest Site is located in Durango and serves Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties.

The approximate average age of our students is 28 and 27 percent are first-time college students. Approximately 83 percent receive some kind of financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study jobs and/or student loans. On average yearly sixty percent of our students are female, 34 percent represent a minority and 34 percent are the first generation in their family to attend college. The US Department of Education has designated PCC as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

We offer a variety of scheduling alternatives to meet your needs. You can choose among day or evening classes, weekend classes and online/hybrid classes and degree programs. To support your education, we offer professional advising services, as well as a wide range of academic support services such as tutoring, learning labs, workshops and adaptive services for those with disabilities. Our services include the PCC Health Clinic the Dental Hygiene Clinic, Cosmetology, Simulation Center and the Anatomy Lab, located on the Pueblo campus. Health services at the Southwest campus are offered as scheduled.

If you are pursuing a four-year degree, PCC is a great place to spend your first two years of study. Our Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are fully transferable to all Colorado public four-year institutions. We offer small classes, plenty of academic support and highly experienced instructors who are focused on helping you succeed.

PCC is a technologically advanced school that aims to provide a skilled and educated workforce to industry through its Gorsich Advanced Technology Center and Health Program facilities. Our partnerships with business and industry help provide the state-of-the-art equipment that enables students to acquire the highly technical skills needed to step right into the workforce upon graduating. PCC also offers hybrid courses. These classes provide an exciting and entertaining mix of learning environments that include blending a part of the traditional classroom with online instruction.

At PCC, you can earn the first two years of coursework towards a teaching degree. We offer Associate of Arts degrees in elementary education, elementary education with an Early Childhood endorsement and secondary education in science, math, English, social sciences, arts and music.

If you like working with people and want to be a social worker or psychologist, PCC is a great place to start. We offer social work classes that transfer to accredited social work programs across the nation. PCC also has great psychology classes that can jump start your path to a career as a psychologist.

PCC partners with a Small Business Development Center, providing free business services to new and prospective small business owners in Pueblo, Fremont and Custer counties. Through our Pueblo Corporate College we offer corporate training, lifelong learning and professional development classes. Our Pre-College Department provides the Gateway to College Program and GED preparation classes.

Established in 1981, the Pueblo Community College Foundation has supported learning for thousands of students. The foundation is committed to working with the college to bring positive changes to the lives of individuals, families and communities.

The Foundation’s mission is to align funding for Pueblo Community College through Foundation-approved efforts that support and promote student success. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $16 million to support PCC, its students and its programs of academic excellence.

The PCC Foundation is honored to have the opportunity to work with friends, alumni, businesses, community organizations and other grantors, each of whom are committed to lending their financial support to our organization with the intent of advancing all aspects of Pueblo Community College. Information may be accessed at the following Website.

Foundation Mailing Address:
900 W. Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
Foundation Physical Address:
1018 W. Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
719.544.0677

Vision

Pueblo Community College is the first choice for success.

Mission

Pueblo Community College transforms lives, enriches communities and strengthens the regional economy by empowering individual achievement through a continuum of education.

Core Values

  • Achievement: We embrace a diverse student body attending our institution of higher education and support all individuals in attaining high-quality postsecondary credentials across our academic disciplines. Through our retention efforts across the college, we work to keep students engaged and focused on completing their coursework to become highly skilled professionals and gain the most from their educational pursuits to achieve success in the workforce by meeting the demands of a global economy.
     
  • Excellence: We embrace continuous quality improvement and innovation in all areas of the institution. We deliver high-quality programs and services that respond to the needs of the communities we serve and prepare students for success in an ever-changing, diverse and global workplace.
     
  • Integrity: We advance our mission ethically and responsibly. We value fair and equitable treatment, participatory decision making and transparent resource management. We have an organizational culture that inspires high performance and accountability for behaviors, actions and results in a collaborative spirit.
     
  • Respect: We provide a safe, caring and supportive environment conducive to the success and well-being of students, faculty and staff. We welcome diversity of backgrounds and opinions, recognize individual talents, encourage personal and professional growth, celebrate accomplishments and honor institutional traditions.
     
  • Scholarship: We value and promote student, faculty and staff scholarship. We strive to create a student-centered learning environment that cultivates critical and creative thinking, problem solving, intellectual inquiry and global awareness. Through continuing development, we expect faculty and staff to be productive workers, responsible decision makers and servant leaders. We believe that scholarship should occur in all organizational levels through knowledge sharing and effective communication.
     
  • Teamwork: We believe inclusive cooperative relationships are critical to the vitality and long-term success of our institution. We strategically pursue mutually beneficial partnerships to help students learn and advance other institutional priorities. We encourage active collaboration within and between departments and operational areas. We believe in the importance of nurturing student-to-student and student-to-faculty/staff interactions as a means of promoting student success.

Purposes

  • Prepare students for entry into the workforce, career advancement or career change through certificate and associate degree programs
  • Prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate institutions by providing transfer degrees, courses and services
  • Provide opportunities to develop and continually update job skills to meet the demands of a technological and global economy
  • Provide programs and experiences that foster individual and professional development
  • Prepare students for entry-level college courses
  • Provide comprehensive services to support the educational experience of a diverse student population
  • Deliver instruction through traditional, alternative and distance learning methods
  • Provide a quality learning environment supported by teaching excellence and freedom of inquiry
  • Support the economic development of the community through business initiatives and partnerships
  • Contribute to the community by participating in civic and professional activities

General Education Philosophy

General education at Pueblo Community College is an integral and important part of the student’s college experience. General education provides degree-seeking students with a core of basic knowledge, critical thinking skills, intellectual concepts and attitudes that will enable them to function effectively in the community. General education also serves as a foundation to promote lifelong learning.

PCC Assessment of Student Learning

Assessment of Student Learning is a comprehensive initiative to evaluate learning with respect to goals and outcomes that we value and desire for our students and graduates. PCC aims to strengthen its programs by offering students plentiful and varied opportunities to develop, reinforce, and master these competencies throughout their studies.

Successful and meaningful Assessment of Student Learning is collaborative and faculty-driven, requiring the participation of all who are interested in the quality of the educational experience we offer at Pueblo Community College, including students, faculty, administrators, and community partners.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)

PCC’s shared college-wide goals for student learning are known as Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs). All programs emphasize experiences that promote learning in the following five areas. Upon completing a course of study at PCC, students will be able to demonstrate mastery of these core skills:

  1. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: the ability to interpret and analyze information, explore implications, construct logical conclusions, and formulate creative solutions.
  2. Effective Communication: the ability to organize and express ideas clearly, purposefully, and compellingly, attending to the needs of the audience and following disciplinary conventions.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning: the ability to interpret, explain, represent, and apply quantifiable information to identify connections, formulate reasonable solutions, and defend conclusions.
  4. Textual Literacy: the ability to comprehend, locate, evaluate, and select and apply suitable information, materials, and methods in order to accomplish tasks.
  5. Professionalism & Social Consciousness: the ability to demonstrate personal responsibility, interpersonal skills through appropriate conduct and teamwork, and civic and cultural engagement.

At Pueblo Community College, we believe that the systematic assessment of student learning is perhaps the most important aspect of teaching and knowing whether students are learning what we want them to learn as they graduate from a program of study or complete a course. Through assessment activities, faculty and administration may identify key areas of needed improvement in program or course design to improve student learning. Our accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, expects that we assess institutional student learning outcomes (ISLOs), program student learning outcomes (PSLOs) and course student learning outcomes (CSLOs) each year on a cycle determined by the faculty. In an effort to record student performance on these outcomes, PCC has adopted the nationally recognized elumen Assessment Management System to facilitate and record our results. The college publishes an annual report on the Assessment of Student Learning to inform all stakeholders of our results and recommended improvements. The PCC Assessment Committee, composed primarily of full-time faculty, develops the assessment plan, establishes the assessment cycle, and provides training materials. Each academic division also has an assessment lead to help faculty complete their assessment tasks each year. The chief academic officer (CAO) and the academic deans support college-wide assessment efforts by providing resources in the form of people, professional development and dedicated time to work on assessment activities.

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

We strive constantly to improve the quality of our services to students and the community. To foster this improvement, we have adopted the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) sponsored by The Higher Learning Commission. Under this process, PCC is committed to continuous, systematic and measurable quality improvement.

PCC Promise

  • To always recognize and greet you with a smile
  • To listen to you
  • To respond to your needs
  • To respect and value you
  • To celebrate your accomplishments and successes

Colorado Student Bill of Rights

The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to ensure students enrolled in public institutions of higher education have the following rights:

  1. Students should be able to complete their Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs in no more than 60 credit hours or their baccalaureate programs in no more than 120 credit hours unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
  2. A student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
  3. Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees.
  4. Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education.
  5. Students, upon completion of core general education courses, regardless of the delivery method, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education.
  6. Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the student’s degree requirements.
  7. A student’s credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for 10 years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferable.

History of the College

Origins

Pueblo Community College traces its origin to 1933, when Southern Colorado Junior College (SCJC) was incorporated. SCJC classes were held on the top floor of the Pueblo County Courthouse and graduated the first class of 17 students in 1935. In 1936 the first building on the current Orman Avenue campus was built on land donated by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation. One year later, local citizens made a commitment to support the institution with county taxes and organized the Pueblo County Junior College District. The institution was renamed Pueblo Junior College.

Pueblo County voters approved $210,000 for building facilities in 1938 and, over the next two years, work was completed on an Arts Building and a gymnasium. In 1946, the institution gained approval for vocational rehabilitation training and a new vocational-technical building opened four years later. The school was renamed Pueblo College.

Establishment of Southern Colorado State College

The Pueblo Junior College District was dissolved in 1961 when Colorado’s General Assembly enacted legislation to change the status of Pueblo Junior College to a four-year, degree-granting institution governed by the Board of Trustees for State Colleges. The college was named Southern Colorado State College (SCSC). It grew rapidly and offered educational programs both at the Orman Avenue campus and at a newly developing campus north of Pueblo’s Belmont residential district.

Development of the College for Community Services and Career Education

The need for additional secondary, post-secondary and adult vocational training in southern Colorado was recognized not only by the college administration but also by the community and many state agencies. Most of the Orman campus buildings had a vocational orientation and the decision to revitalize the campus as a vocational-technical training center was based on both past programs and functional accommodations. In 1974, Southern Colorado State College gave the name College for Community Services and Career Education to the vocational activities located on the Orman Campus. These vocational programs provided training to secondary, post-secondary, adult and special students.

In 1975, the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation that would allow Southern Colorado State College to operate the College for Community Services and Career Education as a technical community college. This change was made to enable the programs to be eligible for state and federal vocational funds within the state’s Community College and Vocational System.

We Become Pueblo Community College

In 1978 the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill that changed the status of the College for Community Services and Career Education from a component of the University of Southern Colorado to a separate and free-standing educational entity. On July 1, 1979, Pueblo Vocational Community College became a State System Community College and on July 1, 1982, the name was officially changed to Pueblo Community College (PCC).

By 1987 PCC had become a comprehensive community college, offering a broad range of general, personal, vocational and technical education programs as well as providing two-year transfer programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities. Today we place equal emphasis on vocational and transfer degree programs.

PCC’s history of offering courses in Cañon City blossomed into a more permanent presence in 1986 when we leased facilities on the grounds of the Holy Cross Abbey. A community fund drive that raised more than $1 million allowed us to secure $8.2 million in state funding for a stand-alone campus. Ground was broken on March 11, 2000, for a new 33,000 square-foot multi-functional building. Classes were first held in the new Fremont Campus facility in fall of 2001.

In October 1987, Pueblo Community College began providing community college educational opportunities to area residents in five southwestern Colorado counties. The campus was named the Southwest Center. The first classes were offered in the spring semester. In February 1988, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education placed the five southwestern counties within the service area of Pueblo Community College.

On January 30, 2008, San Juan Basin Technical College and Pueblo Community College (PCC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding forming an educational partnership to “solidify and enhance the working and long-term relationships between the two institutions … and to maximize efficiencies and resources as appropriate.” On April 14, 2008, the SJBTC Board of Control signed a resolution directing the administrative officers of SJBTC to do all things necessary to effectuate a merger with PCC in as expedient a manner as possible, including working with elected representatives to carry the necessary legislation to make the alliance possible. Legislation for the merger (Senate Bill 09-043) was drafted with support and input from Senator Jim Isgar and Representative Ellen Roberts. The bill was unanimously supported by the Senate and the House Education Committees and signed by Governor Bill Ritter on May 20, 2009.

As a result of Senate Bill 09-043, the former San Juan Basin Technical College and the former Pueblo Community College Southwest Campus operate in Southwest Colorado, Region 9, as PCC Southwest Campus/Site.

Today, PCC is one of the most dynamic and progressive community colleges in Colorado. We continually strive to provide modern facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and comprehensive technical and transfer programs that prepare students to enter the job market or transfer to a four-year school. Our faculty and staff are committed to student success, offering quality classroom instruction and academic support at our four campuses.

Campuses

Pueblo Campus

The Pueblo campus located in Pueblo, Colorado, serves students in Pueblo County. The main campus for Pueblo Community College provides oversight of all college operational functions – eight buildings on 33 acres, where more than 3,356 students attend classes working towards their degrees or certificates. The campus is wireless and has up-to-date technology in classrooms and laboratories, as well as extensive student support services toward academic excellence.

The extensive degree and certificate offerings, which will lead toward a career in business and industry or transfer to a four-year university, can be located in the Degree and Certificate Programs section.

Fremont Campus

The Fremont Campus located in Cañon City, Colorado, provides educational programs and services to the citizens of Fremont and Custer counties. We offer modern facilities, up-to-date technology, a full-service enrollment and academic advising center, a learning resource center, a bookstore, comprehensive nursing and science labs and many student activities. We serve students who are preparing to transfer to four-year colleges as well as those preparing for careers in business and industry.

We offer the following degrees and certifications through the Fremont Campus:

  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts – Emphasis in Business Management or Social Work
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Education, History and Psychology
  • Associate of Applied Science – Nursing
  • Associate of General Studies
  • Certificate – Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical-Intermediate, Nurse Aide, Phlebotomy, Fire Science (Wildland), and Structural Welding Introduction
  • Emergency Medical Services Program

Courses supporting other PCC degrees and certificates are offered at the Fremont Campus. Students can begin many PCC programs at the Fremont Campus, but may need to finalize programs at a different campus. The campus offers a full complement of GT Pathways (General Education transfer courses).

PCC Southwest Campus

The Southwest Campus located between Cortez and Mancos, Colorado, provides educational programs and services to the citizens of Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties in the southwest corner of Colorado. The campus has modern facilities, up-to-date technology and full-service enrollment and academic advising center (Go!Zone), as well as an online bookstore for purchasing textbooks and other supplies. Students can enroll in transfer degree options or career and technical pathways to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges or a career in business and industry.

We offer the following degrees and certifications:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts – Business Management, Early Childhood Education and Psychology
  • Associate of Science
  • Associate of General Studies (Generalist)
  • Associate of General Studies – Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Applied Science – Automotive Service Technology, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Nursing, and Welding
  • Certificates – Automotive, Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education (Director, Group Leader and Infant Toddler), Nurse Aide, Practical Nursing, Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy and Welding

We have transfer articulation agreements with Fort Lewis College located in Durango, Colorado and can assist you with transferring to Fort Lewis College or to any other four-year college.

PCC Southwest Site

The Southwest Site located in Durango, Colorado, provides educational programs and services to the citizens of Archuleta County in the southwest corner of Colorado. Modern facilities and up-to-date technology are provided for students. A full-service enrollment and academic advising center (Go!Zone) are available from the Mancos campus. There is an online bookstore for purchasing textbooks and other supplies. Students can enroll in transfer degree options or career and technical pathways to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges or a career in business and industry.

We offer the following degrees and certifications:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Arts – Business Management, Early Childhood Education and Sociology
  • Pre-Nursing

You are encouraged to check with an advisor to locate the degree or certificate of your choice and the campus location where it is offered. Not all certificate or degree options are available at all campuses. For a complete listing of all Degree and Certificate Programs (and campuses that offer the programs), please visit the following website.