PPCC buys property downtown, plans to expand arts programs

Pikes Peak Community College purchased a 10,000-square-foot building downtown with plans to expand its arts programs, including graphic design and performing arts.

The building is at 22 N. Sierra Madre, directly west of the college’s Downtown Studio Campus.  The college paid $727,000.

The building, which was occupied by Gowdy-Printcraft Press from 1955 to 2005, is 10,135 square feet and two-stories on .77 acres.

Since 2006, the Downtown Studio Campus has experienced higher growth rates than the college’s other campuses.

Most of PPCC’s arts programs, as well as its Weekend College, are offered in the downtown campus where the school increased the number of courses by 50 percent, creating a need for more classroom and parking space.

PPCC’s Academic Master Plan calls for expanding the college’s arts programs, including graphic design, visual arts and performing arts, as well as developing more night and weekend class options. PPCC’s Master Facilities Plan calls for addressing continued growth opportunities and developing student support services to improve student success.

Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. PPCC enrolls about 22,000 students annually.

One Response to PPCC buys property downtown, plans to expand arts programs

  1. Neat location for the college and their arts program. Perhaps a skybridge over the railroad tracks leading to sculpted walkway south along the edge of the creek to what someday may yet be the “Bridge Arts Center” – when the revitalized downtown begins to take shape, hopefully leading to the preservation of the Old Depot, southbound railway station.

    One of the last remaining pieces of city heritage in need of preservation.

    Rick Wehner
    March 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm