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50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

In the late 1960s, Colorado Springs was on the move.  Colorado Springs was growing from a modest tourist town to a modern city, like Colorado Springs is today.  Powered by its out-doors and its ever so strong economy



A Deeper Look at Our History

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.

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