Pikes Peak Community College has moved its eastern campus to a location that's close to two high schools, housing and businesses in hopes of attracting more students who live and work in the area.
"We'll be blending classes of high school students and community members and offering the opportunity to all students, whether they're 17-year-old seniors or 55-year-old seniors," said Chelsy Harris, dean of high school programs for PPCC.
Harris is coordinating the new Creekside Success Center at 3850 Pony Tracks Drive, off North Carefree Circle and Peterson Road. The location will have a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
PPCC staff will provide tours and information about classes, how to enroll and financial aid.
The college will begin offering up to 15 courses there in January. Most will be Monday through Thursday mornings, with a few in the evenings. English composition, American sign language, geography, psychology and business classes will be available, Harris said, with other subjects added as enrollment grows.
PPCC is leasing the second floor of the building from Falcon School District 49, which plans to offer concurrent enrollment, meaning high school students can earn college credit for free while still working on their high school diploma.
The new location has 12 classrooms and is across from Sand Creek High School and near Vista Ridge High School, which will make it convenient for students, Harris said.
PPCC opened a campus in the eastern part of the county in 2008 at 11990 Swingline Road, near U.S. 24 and Woodmen Road, again leasing the space from D-49. The contract ended this year, and D-49 wanted that space for another purpose.
Transportation had been an issue at that location, though, because D-49 does not provide bus service for students taking college classes.
Harris said one benefit of the new location is "the strong population center on that eastern part of town, which will cut down on the commute for students out there."
PPCC has three other campuses, the main Centennial Campus off South Academy Boulevard, a north location near New Life Church and a downtown campus.
The new Creekside Success Center is not a full-service campus; only classes will be available at that location.