Education and Training
Our Educational Services Department uses technology to help residents achieve success. The Pikes Peak Workforce Centers offers educational opportunities in a variety of ways:
On-site curriculum is delivered in a self-paced, computer-based format.
Open Lab is available every day to help you improve your keyboarding, test your office skills knowledge, learn basic computer skills, explore career options, and enhance your emotional intelligence. This is a computer-based, self-paced lab. A lab assistant is available to help you. Self paced programs available in Open Lab include:
Teknimedia Basic Computer Skills Tutorials: Mouse Tutorial, Windows 7 Basic Skills, Internet Explorer 8, Basic Microsoft Word 2010
SkillCheck testing program (tests Clerical skills, software skills and general skills)
CareerScope and My Next Move: Career Exploration programs
Success Profiler: Soft skills enhancement program based on emotional intelligence.
Open Lab Times:
Monday: 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 to 12 Noon
Wednesday: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 to 12 Noon
Friday: 9:00 to 2:00
This schedule is subject to change.
Computer Skills Certificate
This is a self-paced training program based on computer tutorials and hands-on exercises and requires a minimum commitment of six hours per week. Self-paced training provides maximum flexibility so that you can learn at a pace that is comfortable for you. Experienced teaching staff provides ready assistance for students. The average time required to complete training is 40 to 50 hours. A certificate is awarded upon completion. The program includes Beginning to Intermediate Microsoft Office 2010: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
You must have basic skills and type at least 10-20 words per minute. To register, click here.
Assessments including, TABE and the CareerReady Colorado Certificate Program. These assessments help you measure your skills and determine a suitable career path.
2. Attend a TABE testing session at PPWFC. TABE tests are administered on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. Please click here
for exact dates.
TABE is the Test of Adult Basic Education and will determine your current skills level in reading and math. No registration is required. If you have questions, please call 719-667-3773.
3. Based on the results of the TABE test, you will be referred to GED training and testing programs in the Colorado Springs community. The TABE is administered prior to the GED Practice test because it identifies specific skill areas that need improvement which assist us in the referral and placement process. If you are interested in taking the GED Practice test please contact the D11 Adult and Family Education program at 719-328-3001. For GED testing contact the D11 GED testing Center at 719-328-3030.
You can earn your CareerReady Colorado Certificate by taking three assessments: Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied Mathematics. These are the skills managers have identified as the most critical to succeed on the job.
The CareerReady Colorado Certificate is based on ACT’s WorkKeys ® assessments and measures your skill level in these three areas. Each assessment takes about one hour to complete.
Just three hours of your time gives you another tool to help you on the road to employment success. Don’t be the second choice when interviewing for a job. Your CareerReady Colorado Certificate gives you a competitive edge over other candidates.
For more info or to register, click here.
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