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Arapahoe Community College Receives Gift to Create New Campus

Colorado-based Arapahoe Community College (ACC) has received a gift of up to $10 million, the largest in its history, to deliver work-based learning opportunities to the Castle Rock and Douglas County areas.

Donated by the Sturm Family Foundation to create ACC’s new Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock, the campus will create a “critical link between K-12 education, college and the workforce.”

A major part of the gift will be spent on various programs, hiring new staff, and buying equipment, along with creating an endowed scholarship fund.

“This partnership will help us achieve our bold campus vision to serve students, industry, and community members in a more seamless manner,” Dr. Diana Doyle, Arapahoe Community College president, said.

“We hope future donors will follow the Sturm Family Foundation’s lead and invest in the matching opportunities to maximize the full potential of this generous gift.”

In particular, new campus program offerings will focus on workplace areas such as business, accounting, entrepreneurship, health care, cyber security, and secure software development.

“Our participation with Arapahoe Community College was created intentionally to support a new model of industry-aligned higher education that provides students clear on and off ramps while embarking on a path of lifelong learning and workforce success,” Donald Sturm, chairman and founder of the Sturm Family Foundation, said.

In 2018, the Economic Development Council of Colorado named the campus as the 2018 Economic Development Partnership of the Year for its innovative approach in teaching.

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