Pikes Peak Community College Offers New Construction Degree

PPCC joins several regional high school districts in offering hands-on vocational education to students who otherwise may not have considered the trades for a career path.

The Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs (HBA) announced today that Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) is advancing the HBA’s Careers in Construction high school initiative to the college level. PPCC joins several regional high school districts in offering hands-on vocational education to students who otherwise may not have considered the trades for a career path.

Fueled by voluntary building permit fees from its member companies, the HBA launched Careers in Construction in 2015, subsequently reviving vocational instruction in several area high schools in partnership with administrators and teachers. Hundreds of students are now enrolled.

“We’re proud to have been on the forefront of the movement to bring trade education back into local high schools,” said Renee Zentz, HBA’s CEO. “When you give kids a chance to engage their hands and their minds together, they can tap into a passion they might not otherwise have discovered. And that’s why we’re invested in this – whether that passion leads to a career in construction, or simply sparks a confidence that opens up new opportunities in general. PPCC coming on board with trade-based education is more validation of this movement’s importance.”

As of this week, PPCC students can enroll to get technical knowledge and skills in framing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and other trade work, which they can apply toward certificate programs and an associate degree in construction.

“HBA did an incredible job of sharing and financially supporting their vision for increasing vocational opportunities in high school classrooms,” said Chelsy Harris, Dean of High School Programs and Concurrent Enrollment at PPCC. “By articulating the Careers in Construction curriculum with our accredited construction degree and certificates, we’re connecting with those high schools to create a learning community that will offer kids a great career and college path. This is good for us, and good for our regional economy.”

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