Fremont Campus History
PuebloCommunity College first announced its intention to offer classes in CanonCity in 1978, and two years later it began doing so there in leased facilities. Initially, the extension center was referred to as the CanonCity extension of PCC.
The branch campus operated in various rented locations until moving into leased facilities at the spacious Holy Cross Abbey in 1984. While lacking in modern technology, the Abbey gave the school a true “campus feel” for the first time. But as the years went on, it became apparent that a permanent home for the college – one that had the technology to support multi-learning mechanisms -- was needed.
A significant occurrence took place in 1991, when the Colorado Department of Corrections agreed to donate to PCC a 55-acre plot of land called the “PrisonGardens” on the west edge of CanonCity for a new campus. The DOC considered this a good “investment” since PCC’s Criminal Justice program trains many workers to be employed by the prison system. Approving the land transfer were the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in 1992 and the Colorado Legislature in 1993, and the signing for the official transfer of land took place in 1995.
The thrust to have the permanent campus built got off the ground in 1996 when a group of local business people and civic individuals – fondly referred to as “The Rainmakers” -- launched a fund-raising drive with the goal of raising $1 million. At the initial fund-raising meeting at what then was the Canon Inn, the group raised an astounding $381,649.
That led to the state awarding initial start-up funding of $865,766 to PCC in 1998 to begin drafting plans and preliminary work on the Fremont Campus. In February 2000, the project received state approval for $7 million. A month later, the groundbreaking for the new 33,000-square-foot, $9.2 million campus was held. State funding on the project eventually totaled approximately $8 million, and the remaining construction costs were covered by a variety of college fund raisers.
Actual construction began in the summer of 2000, and the permanent campus opened for the start of the fall semester on Aug. 27, 2001. It operated under the direction of Dr. Mary Griffith, who in July 1999 had been named PCC’s Vice President for what then was called the FremontCountyCenter. Official dedication ceremonies for the Fremont Campus were held on Nov. 2, 2001. The campus contains classrooms, laboratories, a library and administrative offices; importantly, the classrooms are interactive and can be linked to remote sites.
Over the years, the CanonCity branch has undergone a number of name changes, some of them very slight. In 1986, it was renamed the CanonCityCenter. In 1993, it became the FremontCountyCenter. Later, it was called the Fremont County Campus before getting its current title -- Fremont Campus – when the new building opened its doors. All the while, it has served students from Fremont and Custer counties.
The Fremont Campus offers selected Certificates, Associate of Applied Science Degree programs and two-year transfer courses. The following degrees can be completed at teh PCC Fremont Campus:
Both credit and non-credit courses and programs, specialized training and seminars are available. In addition, a wide variety of adult and continuing education classes and specialized classes for senior citizens are offered.