Roster booms, college moves to larger space

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City College of Colorado Springs has no problem with students cutting class. If fact, they’re flocking to the classrooms in droves.

Due to a swelling roster of students, City College plans a relocation from its current site at 303 S. Circle Drive to a 20,000 square foot building located at 5050 Erin Park Drive.

College president James Anderson credits the college’s rapid growth with effective marketing, along with quality classroom instruction.

According to college representative Edwin Bodensiek, the college has grown in popularity because of the hands-on experience that the instructors are able to provide.

“We have an assistant district attorney, Greg Quimby, who is teaching, as well as several police officers and detectives who provide instruction in the criminal justice classes,” said Bodensiek. “This hands-on experience helps students to stay motivated, because it is something they can directly relate to.”

The college started with 20 students enrolled, and now includes 150 on its roster. Bodensiek said the attendance is expected to double by at least another one-third when the relocation is completed and the next term begins in February.

The college has been popular with non-traditional students, those who work during the day and are able to attend classes at night.

The college will continue to offer its bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and business administration, which has proved to be a popular major for students, as well as the Associate of Applied Science degrees in legal administrative management, microcomputing software, criminal justice and business administration.

The college is owned by Breakthrough Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.The college, previously called the Rocky Mountain Technical College, was bought in May by the nonprofit organization.

Breakthrough Inc. leased the building from Denver Business College, who bought it for $1 million. City College will occupy 12,000 square feet of the building. The remaining 8,000 square feet is leased by various established medical practices.

The move is expected to be completed by Jan. 13.