by Katherine Scott Sturdevant
PPSC History Professor
Pikes Peak State College developed in a context of American history. It was born of an exciting movement in the country that began in the Progressive Era of the 1880s-1920s. What people then most often called “junior colleges” would concentrate on undergraduate teaching, offering students workforce training or foundations for more advanced degree programs. Community colleges would be affordable, practical, and adaptable to society’s needs. They would expand the availability of higher education to a majority of the population. In the Great Depression, community colleges boomed. They emphasized career training for any possible employment. Community colleges would be one of the best investments made in America’s future.