Collaboration campus coming to Castle Rock
Pictured: Arapahoe Community College's campus in Littleton.
CASTLE ROCK - An amazing educational opportunity is coming soon to Douglas County. Called the “Collaboration Campus,” the seamless educational pathway will offer world-class secondary and postsecondary education and keep students close to home. The campus is set to open in 2019 in the Meadows subdivision in Castle Rock.
The Collaboration Campus is a partnership between Arapahoe Community College (ACC), Colorado State University (CSU) and the Douglas County School District (DCSD). It will allow DCSD students to continue pursuing their passions as they move through the DCSD system and into postgraduate education. The Collaboration Campus will expand programmatic offerings, choices and options for DCSD students and families.
“The Collaboration Campus definitely brings accessibility for not only our DCSD students who are motivated and interested in pursuing college coursework, but also for the industry partners who are looking for an educated and talented workforce,” said DCSD Career and Technical Education Coordinator Sheri Bryant. “The beauty of the Collaboration Campus is that the opportunities are endless for whatever postsecondary career pathway someone is pursuing. A community college is the perfect institution to provide affordable postsecondary education, whether a student is wanting a certification, an associate's degree or more.”
The $40 million campus will sit on 14-acres and consist of two buildings of 54,000 square feet each. Phase one is expected to open in fall 2019. Initial educational offerings will be in the areas of Business & Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Information Technology/Programming, General Education and Workforce Training.
“ACC is very excited to expand our presence in Castle Rock to serve the community through this very unique educational partnership,” said ACC President Diana Doyle. “The Collaboration Campus will be a dynamic model for progressive educational delivery at all levels.”
A $3 million infrastructure reimbursement from the Castle Rock Town Council will assist ACC with building permits, fees and land site improvements. A portion of the campus will have leased space that will create an interactive community hub to engage students, citizens, businesses and community agencies.
“We are pleased to join with Arapahoe Community College, Douglas County Schools and the Town of Castle Rock on the Collaboration Campus,” said CSU President and System Chancellor Tony Frank. “True to its name, the campus will provide students with the opportunity to move from high school, to the community college level and then facilitates attendance at our Fort Collins campus, CSU-Pueblo or other four-year universities without ever leaving the region.”
The Collaboration Campus will allow for even more concurrent enrollment options, saving DCSD families thousands of dollars. Community partnerships are key to the success of this endeavor.
“DCSD has always appreciated our strong partnership with Arapahoe Community College, which has afforded numerous concurrent enrollment courses to our students and families,” said DCSD Deputy Superintendent Steve Cook. “Expanding on this partnership, and including Colorado State University, we together will provide even more opportunities for our students in the future.”
View the full Board of Education presentation on the Collaboration Campus: