FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University plans to open an office in the Collaborative Educational Campus in Castle Rock when it opens in fall 2019.
The campus will bring together education, business and the community to create a resource for delivering education and workforce training.
The campus will connect the resources of Arapahoe Community College, Douglas County School District and CSU, providing learners the opportunity to create a smooth pathway from a high school diploma to associate’s degree to bachelor’s degree.
“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,” Tony Frank, CSU’s president, and chancellor of the CSU System, said in a prepared statement.
The Castle Rock Town Council approved an investment of $3 million of in-kind services to assist Arapahoe CC building permits and fees, and land site improvements.
ACC will spearhead the efforts by building the $40 million campus on a 14-acre site on the northern edge of Castle Rock. The two-phase project will consist of two buildings of 54,000 square feet each, with an estimated opening of phase one in the fall of 2019.
As a partner in the campus that is being led by — and financed by — Arapahoe Community College, CSU will lease space at the campus and hire a director in the coming months. The director will be responsible for coordinating academic and community-based programming and services. One additional support staff will be hired.