Pueblo Community College begins 9th decade
For 80 years old, Pueblo Community College sure is lookin’ good.
Pueblo’s first institution of higher education opened its 2013 fall semester Monday with a statue unveiling and a march, with students, administrators and staff proudly displaying maroon T-shirts.
School President Patty Erjavec said the school is honored to serve its student population, an academic group that includes kids from 16 to adults four times that old.
“Eighty years ago, a dean stood in front of 36 students, two full-time and two part-time faculty members and a registrar and opened the college,” Erjavec told a couple hundred people on the grassy knoll outside the administration building. “Look at where we are today.”
PCC has campuses on Orman Avenue, in Canon City, Mancos and Durango. There are about 5,900 students enrolled.
Larry Romero unveiled a new statue, as the school’s bell tower chimed in the noon hour, constructed by the school’s welding classes and many other segments of the college community. It was a likeness of a panther, PCC’s mascot.
“It took 16 months to complete,” said Romero, a 22-year PCC employee and head of the welding department. “About 400 work hours. It’s made of mild steel.”
After the unveiling, people lined up to take the fourth annual celebration march, stepping off the start of the school’s ninth decade.
Erjavec looked at her students and faculty and said, “We’re with you, every step of the way.”