Classes to begin at ACC's Sturm campus on Aug. 19

Grand opening celebration Aug. 16 features interactive tour, chance to meet faculty

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Posted 8/5/19
A grand opening celebration of the Arapahoe Community College Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock will feature an interactive tour of the new facility and a chance to meet with faculty, staff …

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Classes to begin at ACC's Sturm campus on Aug. 19

Grand opening celebration Aug. 16 features interactive tour, chance to meet faculty

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A grand opening celebration of the Arapahoe Community College Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock will feature an interactive tour of the new facility and a chance to meet with faculty, staff and education/industry partners.

The Friday, Aug. 16 event is open to the public, and parking and shuttle service will be available at Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. The event runs from 2-6 p.m., and a ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m.

The Sturm Collaboration Campus is a joint venture among ACC, the town of Castle Rock, the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District. The campus will bring together education, business and the community to create a resource for delivering seamless education and workforce training to Castle Rock and greater Douglas County.

CSU and the Douglas County School District have programs and a presence at the campus and will partner with ACC to create a pathway from high school diploma to associate degree to bachelor's degree.

“This collaborative partnership between higher education, local businesses and our school district — all on one campus — is a tremendous benefit to our students,” Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker said in a news release. “Our hope is to prepare students for tomorrow's jobs by equipping them with the skills needed to compete in the real world through both career and vocational training. School districts cannot do it alone — we need a strong community partnership where everyone is involved in educating our students who are truly tomorrow's leaders.”

In March 2019, ACC received a gift of up to $10 million from the Sturm Family Foundation, the largest in the history of the 13-institution Colorado Community College System. With a more than $5 million match opportunity, bringing the full potential of the gift in excess of $15 million, the funding will be used in its entirety for the Sturm Collaboration Campus.

“ACC is very excited to begin serving students, industry and the community through this very unique educational partnership,” Diana Doyle, ACC president, said in the release. “The Sturm Collaboration Campus is a dynamic model for workforce development and progressive educational delivery at all levels.”

Classes at the new 43,000-square-foot facility at 4500 Limelight Ave. will begin Aug. 19. Initial educational offerings will be in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, health care, cybersecurity and secure software, information technology/programming, general education and workforce training.

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