"I've been teaching a lot through my life, and I don't think I would have realized how much I enjoy teaching and found my love for teaching without that initial experience at Pikes Peak State College.” -- Colorado Springs Mayor (and former Criminal Justice instructor) John Suthers
"One of our first buildings was a storefront at 2500 W. Colorado Ave., and that's an L-shaped storefront with two levels and a full basement, and our first science lab was in the basement. … It was called the Old Town Center." - Donald Sieck, original director of administrative services.
"The people in Colorado Springs, including the newspapers, had this to say, that we had no need for another college in this town. They were not all that enthused about the community college concept, not at all. ... And we fought every step of the way to gain that acceptance in the community." - Donald Sieck, original director of administrative services.
"We heard this owner of the building had someone come out there and paint on the side
of that building [the auto shop], and, at the time we were El Paso Community College.
He had painted 'El Paso Community College, West Siders built it, keep it here.' ...
"Mr. Sieck was acting president and he was out to lunch. He comes back and I said, 'Have you seen what's on the auto shop? Go look out your window, go look out your window!' So he goes walking out, and I follow him, and he doesn't know I am there -- and you know, Don Sieck was the perfect gentleman -- and so he looks out the window and says, 'That son of a bitch!"
"And he came back in, picked up the phone, called up Paul Simmons, who was head of maintenance and he says, 'I want the wall of the auto shop painted in the next 30 minutes - white.' Paul went over there and painted it all out." - Carol Van Lew, executive secretary
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