About the Program
The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), housed at Pueblo Community College (PCC), is an academic enrichment program for middle and high school scholars in Pueblo County.
Any 7th – 12th-grade student is eligible to apply to the PCDP, though the primary focus is on first-generation scholars and military dependents.
Through year-round educational workshops, activities, and events, we prepare scholars academically, personally, and socially to be successful in any path they choose after graduating high school.
Accomplishing Our Mission
We accomplish our mission through monthly, after-school on-campus workshops led by college students and professional staff where scholars learn about college preparation and success, soft skills, and self-advocacy; and engage in career exploration. During our Summer Academic Institute in June, students participate in dual enrollment college credit courses, math and writing preparation, community service, and career fairs. Through our quarterly College Experience Program, they visit different types of college campuses while learning what makes each one unique.
Families are an influential and valuable resource in their scholars’ pursuit of secondary and post-secondary opportunities. Families of Pre-Collegiate scholars have opportunities to participate in sessions to help support scholars throughout the year. We host quarterly Family Support Workshops and other events for families to become a stronger resource in helping their scholars navigate the journey from middle school, through high school and into college.
Family Support Workshop topics include information and advice regarding college and career choices, financial aid, applying for scholarships, social-emotional support, and tips to support scholars with academic success. We also regularly solicit ideas from families for additional content.