The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is a system-wide, institutionally funded academic program for college-bound high school and middle school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare first generation students in pursuit of their higher educational goals. PCDP is structured to ensure that students are academically prepared to enroll in, and be successful at UCCS, the University of Colorado system or any other postsecondary institution of the students' choice.
Through partnerships with local school districts, Pre-Collegiate offers concurrent enrollment courses over the academic year and the Summer Academic Institute. During the student's rising 10th grade summer, PCDP students will self-select into a career pathway. Currently, PCDP offers five (5) pathways: Business, Education, Engineering, Health Professions, and Human Services. Students who participate for the full duration of the program have the opportunity to earn up to 30 college credits!
It's not enough to only take college courses in high school. The college process can be intimidating. For that reason, PCDP students will take part in professional development workshops throughout the academic year. Workshops will take place in school buildings, as well as on Saturday's at the UCCS campus. Workshops range from academic skill-building (note taking, learning styles, test preparation, etc.) to non-cognitive skills (motivation, positive psychology, critical thinking, etc.) and even beyond to leadership, group communication, and most importantly college readiness (FAFSA help, scholarship writing, college admissions, etc.).
One of the number one cited reasons that students do not get the scholarship they apply for is due to lack of community service. For that reason, PCDP students will have the opportunity to participate in different service opportunities on campus and in the community. We believe that these opportunities will not only help improve the students' resumes but will also help the students decide for themselves what they want to do after high school, while also making worthwhile connections within the local community.