Leaders from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS announced their intentions to collaborate on the program during a lunch Thursday, according to a PPCC news release.
The leaders — AFA Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, CC President Jill Tiefenthaler, PPCC President Lance Bolton and UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak — spent time during the event explaining their vision for the Center.
“The panel explained this new Center of Innovation will serve the interests of the region’s brightest graduates by easing the transition from college to the marketplace,” Allison Swickard, PPCC’s executive director of marketing and communication, wrote in the release.
The release stated that although the announcement comes early in the planning process, the four community leaders would like to see the establishment of a physical space for the Center, perhaps in downtown Colorado Springs. The Center would ideally offer work and teaching space and foster both collaboration and learning among different groups of people.
Each of the four institutions has an equal stake in the project and are joined in support by local philanthropy group El Pomar Foundation, according to the release.
“This is a dynamic opportunity and the first of its kind,” said Shockley-Zalabak, according to the release. “We must work together across disciplinary lines and with the community.”