ACC, CSU & DCSD to establish a Collaborative Educational Campus in Castle Rock

LITTLETON, CO (January 9, 2017)

ACC CR Campus site mapArapahoe Community College (ACC) has accepted from the Castle Rock Town Council the investment of $3 million in infrastructure reimbursement to construct a Collaboration Campus. The campus will bring together education, business, and the community to create a unique resource for delivering seamless education and workforce training to Castle Rock. Educational partners Colorado State University (CSU) and Douglas County School District (DCSD) will articulate with ACC to create a smooth pathway from High School diploma to Associate degree to Bachelor degree.

ACC will continue its commitment to education in the Castle Rock Community by building a $40 million campus on a 14-acre site in the Meadows. This two-phase project will consist of 2 buildings of 54,000 sq. ft. each, with an estimated opening of phase one in the fall of 2019. ACC’s, CSU’s and DCSD’s joint engagement with Castle Rock businesses and focus groups have determined the 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,” announces Diana Doyle, President of Arapahoe Community College. “The Collaboration Campus will be a dynamic model for progressive educational delivery at all levels. We greatly appreciate the Town’s commitment and look forward to playing an integral role in the community’s continued development.”

“I want to thank the Castle Rock Town Council’s commitment to providing higher education opportunities to students from the south metro area. This significant investment is an endorsement of the work of Arapahoe Community College and our partner school, CSU,” expresses President of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), Nancy McCallin. “We look forward to continuing to serve the Castle Rock community with high quality, affordable education and the continued partnership with Castle Rock."

ACC will provide the collaborative educational infrastructure by leasing space to partners CSU and DCSD. Together the campus will offer a world-class education, close to home, and at an affordable price point. The Castle Rock Collaboration Campus will provide local business with expertise, resources, and skilled workers through training, hands-on project work, internships, mentorship and clinical activities.

“We are pleased to join with Arapahoe Community College, Douglas County Schools and the Town of Castle Rock on the Collaboration Campus,” says Colorado State University President and CSU 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. As a CSU System initiative, this represents the best of what a 21st century land-grant university should be doing – building shared solutions through education, research and leadership – as we connect the resources and assets of our university to this innovative learning concept.”

“This partnership demonstrates Colorado State’s commitment to providing added value across the state with our engagement, research, and instructional programs,” says Provost Rick Miranda. “We have been very impressed with the enthusiasm of all of the local partners there and their willingness to invite us to participate in this exciting project. We can accomplish a lot for our students and for our community together.”

This linking of high school-to-community college-to-university all in one location is also groundbreaking.

”This is truly a unique partnership focused on the education pathway,” adds Kathay Rennels, CSU’s associate vice president for Engagement. “It represents a dynamic opportunity for the students and citizens of Castle Rock and Colorado. Not only will this create an educational ecosystem but a model of delivery that recognizes the needs of the 21st century learner. As a native of Douglas County and a representative of Colorado State University, I look forward to the opportunity to help this grow and develop.”

“ACC’s strong concurrent enrollment partnership with Douglas County School District allows us to continue providing multiple entry points for career and transfer college level certificate and degree programs,” explains Diane Hegeman, ACC Vice President of Instruction and Provost. “Our expanded partnership with Colorado State University creates opportunities for new, continuing or returning students to complete their bachelor’s degree while remaining in the Castle Rock community. Employers in the area will benefit from customized training to meet the growing work force needs in the area.”

The $3 million of infrastructure reimbursement from the Castle Rock Town Council will assist ACC with building permits and fees, and land site improvements. Leased space on campus to Arapahoe/Douglas Works, ConneXion Spot, and 3-D Printing will create an interactive community hub that will engage students, citizens, businesses and community agencies.

“This is big for our sustainable future as a stand-alone community,” states Castle Rock Economic Development CEO Frank Gray. “This educational infrastructure is another step in our strategic plan to create a great environment and workforce pipeline for the attraction and retention of primary employers.  We believe it will have significant impact as companies make location decisions. We know that access to an educated workforce and ongoing training are critical to a long-term sustainable and vibrant community.”

EDC Chairman Matt Call contributes, “Attracting Higher Education has been a vital part of our business infrastructure plan in Castle Rock. The Collaboration Campus is a huge win for our entire community. Quite honestly, I’m excited as a citizen with school age kids and the opportunity to significantly bring down the cost of higher education for my kids and my neighbors.”

For more information about the Castle Rock Collaboration Campus, please contact Tina Griesheimer (tina.griesheimer@arapahoe.edu, 303-797-5901). For information about Colorado State University Contact Jim Beers (jim.beers@colostate.edu, 970-491-2332). View more information about the Castle Rock EDC.