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A hundred teachers squealed and ducked as Eddie Goldstein pulled a trigger and showered them with a thousand ping pong balls. “Well, I didn’t want to spray them with water,” said Goldstein, director of curriculum and large group programs at the National Space Science & Technology Institute. Goldstein was the keynote speaker at UCCS’ STEM […]
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The attention of 27 students from Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo high schools is fixed on computer screens in the Pikes Peak Community College classroom at the Catalyst Campus. The students are working on their first task in a weeklong cyber boot camp: learning to open images in two operating systems and make changes using […]
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It’s a Monday morning and the Cyber Tech Studios’ first class of the day is humming. Housed in Palmer High School, the high-tech space hosts pupils working on an assortment of projects during their Game Design IV course. Instructor Sean Wybrant looks on along with guests Shawn Gullixson, a Colorado Springs School District 11 board […]
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Much like the rest of the state, Pueblo County School District 70 struggles to fill certain teaching positions. Highly competitive fields such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics, along with career and technical education courses, are consistently difficult to staff, said Andy Beeman, the district’s director of personnel services. “This year we seem to be […]
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Ashley Buckner has had a passion for cooking since she was a young girl. While attending School District 49’s Springs Studio for Academic Excellence, she started taking culinary classes at Pikes Peak Community College. Now a full-time student who also works about 22 hours a week at Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, Buckner is close to […]
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By Erinn Callahan A high-profile cheating scandal that rocked the college admissions world would prove difficult to duplicate in the Pikes Peak region, higher education officials say. Federal prosecutors charged 50 people — including Hollywood actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, various college athletics coaches, and business owners — in a nationwide bribery and fraud […]
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School systems across El Paso County are using robotics to introduce the basics of computer science as early as the elementary grades. At least five systems in the county are engaged with or are exploring the concept, said Tina Granato, director of computer science education at mindSpark Learning, a nonprofit that is helping train teachers […]
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PPCC is undergoing its most significant expansion since the opening of the Rampart Range campus in 1998.
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In the Nov. 6 general election, Colorado voters soundly defeated Amendment 73, a complex proposal that would have increased state income taxes on high-earning individuals and the tax rate on C corporations to raise $1.6 billion for the state’s schools. Many voters apparently preferred to help their schools by voting for local issues. In El […]
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A decade from now, many patients will be making appointments to see a nurse practitioner rather than a doctor. That’s especially likely in rural southern Colorado, where the shortage of primary care physicians and other health practitioners is acute. According to the 2017 Access to Care index compiled by the Colorado Health Institute, the counties […]
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A new initiative among local school districts and employers aims to create a talent pipeline in Colorado Springs. The Pikes Peak Business & Education Alliance is a workforce development collaboration between 12 school districts in the Pikes Peak region and local businesses, said Bob Gemignani, the workplace learning manager for El Paso County School District […]
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Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles on school ballot measures. Colorado’s statewide Amendment 73 would increase funding for local school districts. But local districts aren’t counting on its passage and are asking voters in the Nov. 6 general election to support them through bond issues and tax increases. In all, five Pikes […]
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