An Innovative Approach to Education Opens Pathways in Colorado
Castle Rock, Colorado, is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, with 19.5-percent growth in the past six years. In response, Arapahoe Community College (ACC), the town of Castle Rock, Castle Rock Economic Development Council, Colorado State University, and the Douglas County School District formed a joint venture to change the educational landscape for local students and the surrounding community. The alliance is also serving as a national model for communities seeking to create a collaborative higher-ed hub that builds a local talent pipeline and drives regional and state-wide economic growth.
Creating a Collaborative Higher-Ed Hub
When it opens this fall, ACC Sturm Collaboration Campus will offer learners a seamless transition from high school diploma to associate degree to bachelor’s degree to career, with the goal of having multiple on- and off-ramps along the way. Designed by DLR Group, the Sturm Collaboration Campus is strategically located, reinforcing the desired connection between K-12, higher education, and industry.