Pueblo students seeking educational opportunities do not have far to look. Two Pueblo-based institutions, Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College, offer many benefits to area students as well as the local community.
Colorado State University-Pueblo
One of the fastest-growing universities in the state, Colorado State University-Pueblo is a fully accredited state university with over 5,000 student enrollees. Offering 28 undergraduate and eight graduate programs in four separate schools, CSU-Pueblo is just one of seven colleges in the U.S. offering a degree in mechatronics, which combines the specialties of electrical and mechanical engineering.
Students benefit greatly from CSU-Pueblo’s supportive educational atmosphere and a small student-to-faculty ratio. Dramatic changes to the Pueblo campus in recent years include a $12 million renovation of athletic and academic facilities, a $24 million overhaul of the University Library and the construction of a new football and track stadium, student recreation center and recreation field, and three-part residence-hall compound.
CSU-Pueblo’s Distinguished Speaker series is one of the cultural and educational experiences available to students and the surrounding community. Featuring speakers who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields, the series has recently welcomed Olympian Bruce Jenner, three-time World Cup mogul skier Jeremy Bloom and actor-activist Edward James Olmos.
CSU-Pueblo Athletics give students and residents plenty to cheer for, especially in 2011 as the university’s ThunderWolves football team became the first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference team to be ranked No. 1 in the nation and only the fifth in conference history with an undefeated 11-game regular season – achievements only made more remarkable by the fact football was reinstated only a few years ago.
“Since the return of football in 2008, CSU-Pueblo has been ranked in the top 20 nationally in attendance all three seasons and has led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference," says Cora Zalatel, executive director of the Office of External Affairs. “We have also been selected to host three NCAA Division II championship series events over the next two years.”
The financial impact of these track and field and wrestling events should be substantial, bringing up to $2 million per event into the local economy.
Pueblo Community College
Touting itself as “one of the most dynamic and progressive community colleges in Colorado,” Pueblo Community College is an accredited two-year public institution with over 8,000 enrolled students. PCC offers comprehensive two-year programs for students transferring to four-year colleges and a broad range of technical programs for students who wish to directly enter the job market after leaving the school. Growth estimates project PCC will see a 2 percent enrollment increase for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Nearly 80 percent of PCC’s students, whose average age is 29, receive financial assistance through grants, scholarships, student loans or work-study jobs. PCC also offers benefits to local employers.
“Our workforce training is one of the things we are known for,” says Gary Franchi, public relations coordinator at PCC. “Our Economic & Workforce Development Division offers customized workforce training that can be delivered on campus or on-site for businesses and industries throughout southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Region.”
PCC’s Community Education programs provide non-credit lifestyle enrichment programs at a reduced rate for students age 55 and over. The Pueblo Early College dual-enrollment program allows local high school students age 16 and older to earn college credit while completing their high school educations.
CTU's Pueblo location offers programs in Business & Management, Criminal Justice & Legal Studies, Health Sciences, Information Systems & Technology and Interdepartmental Degrees.
University of Phoenix operates a Student Resource Center in Pueblo, which provides a learning-friendly environment and services to students enrolled in courses online or at its Colorado Springs campus.
Intellitec's Pueblo location offers career programs in Medical & Dental, Personal Appearance and Wellness.
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