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Aims Community College    
 
    
 
  Dec 14, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018

Aims Overview / Campuses / Centers


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Aims Overview

History

In 1965 a citizen’s committee representing all of Weld County’s school districts recommended the formation of a junior college district. In January of 1967, voters of the district overwhelmingly approved the establishment of Aims Community College. Two months later a governing board was elected and it, in turn, selected Dr. Ed Beaty as the College’s first president.

Aims has continued to grow to serve the needs of the community over the past 50 years and now provides educational excellence at locations in Greeley, Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor. Curriculum now includes 4,000 day, evening, weekend and online courses annually in more than 160 degree and certificate programs.

Aims continues to prepare for the future by expanding and remodeling facilities and by constantly updating the technology that is available to students in the classroom, around the campuses and online.

College Mission

The mission of Aims Community College is to provide knowledge and skills to advance the quality of life, economic vitality, and overall success of the diverse communities that we serve.  

Purposes

Aims Community College was established in accordance with the laws of Colorado as a post-secondary educational institution whose purposes are to provide:

  1. General educational offerings designed to prepare students to make intelligent choices in all aspects of life, integrating skills, knowledge, and values to promote personal and community growth;
  2. College courses and programs preparing students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities;
  3. Career and technical education courses preparing students for initial employment, further education, or advancement in employment;
  4. Developmental education for those needing to advance their skills in preparation for college level study or advancement in the work place;
  5. Advising and assessment services to enable students to more clearly define their educational goals; and
  6. Community services and continuing educational offerings for adults of all ages.

College Values

The college’s values define what Aims employees and students provide to and expect from each other. They are:

  • Communication  
  • Safety
  • Respect & Professionalism  
  • Trust  

Tuition

Aims Community College has the lowest tuition in Northern Colorado, making Aims the most affordable place to accomplish the first 2 years of your college education. Earn a professional certificate, an Associate’s degree, or use your Guaranteed Transfer classes to achieve your Bachelor’s degree at any 4-year Colorado institution for a fraction of the cost to attend there the full 4 years.

 

Greeley Campus

The Greeley Campus in west Greeley is the center of Aims Community College. The 180-acre campus is home to a dozen academic buildings, including several general classroom buildings, a physical education and recreation center, administrative services complex, and the College Center, which houses almost all student services including Financial Aid, Admissions, Registration, Records, Advising and the Learning Commons.

For a comprehensive look of the campus, refer to the campus map.

Aims Community College is a single educational institution consisting of the main campus in Greeley and campuses in Fort Lupton, Loveland, and Windsor. Degrees and certificates are conferred by Aims Community College. The College does not offer all programs at all campuses. Students who begin their education Online, in Fort Lupton, Loveland or Windsor may need to complete program requirements on the Greeley campus.

 

 

Wireless Infrastructure at Aims Community College

Aims Community College has prolific, high-speed wireless available in all of its campus buildings. Wireless Local Area Networks or WLANs enable Aims students, staff, and faculty to connect to the Internet using 802.11 a, b, g, n, or ac, ensuring compatibility and speed for all standard mobile devices. This technology allows students to collaborate on classroom assignments in more casual settings like the Campus Bistro, study lounges and the College Center atrium. On our Greeley campus, outdoor areas also have wireless coverage.


Fort Lupton Campus

Location:

260 College Avenue
Fort Lupton, CO 80621

Telephone: 303.857.4022, ext. 4300
                    Greeley - 970.330.8008, ext. 4300

FAX - 970.352.6950

Email: fortlupton@aims.edu

Campus Dean:

Brenda Rask, Ext. 5907

Staff Executive:

Joanne Best, Ext. 6268

Student Services:

Mary Tucker, Ext. 5903

Admissions, Registration & Records:

Natalia Delgado, Ext. 5913

Bookstore:

Ext. 5945

Academic Resource Center:

Ext. 5905

The Fort Lupton Campus opened in September 1984. We serve the community and educational needs of southern Weld County and surrounding areas. Located one and one-half miles east of downtown Fort Lupton, the campus includes the renovated Prairie Building and new Platte Building. In September 2013, Aims hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 27,000 sq. ft. passive-solar Platte Building, which houses our Oil and Gas Technology, Welding Technology, and Agricultural Sciences and Technology programs.

We offer guaranteed transfer and general education courses so you can earn your associate degree, along with several Career and Technical Education courses, which can lead to certificates and A.A.S. degrees. Nurse Aide is a stand-alone certificate program, providing the opportunity for employment within a short period of time. Additional certificates and degrees are offered in Agriculture, Oil and Gas Technologies, and Welding. Other programs available at the Fort Lupton Campus are non-credit continuing education courses, Bueno HEP/GED, and Bueno College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).

The Fort Lupton Campus is a full-service campus with services for students in Admissions and Records, Assessment/Testing, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Career Counseling, Bookstore, and the Academic Resource Center, which includes testing, computer lab, tutorial services and library. Come and see for yourself how much we have to offer at our Fort Lupton Campus!

 

Loveland Campus

Location:

104 E. Fourth Street,
Loveland, CO 80537

Telephone: 970.667.4611

FAX: 970.635.9022

TTY: 970.667.2387

Email: loveland@aims.edu

Campus Dean:

Heather Lelchook, Ext. 3311

Staff Executive:

Karen Hankey, Ext. 3336

Student Services:

Kara Tripician, Ext. 3306

Admissions & Records, Advising and Financial Aid Assistance:

Ext. 3300

Bookstore:

Ext. 3310

Career Services and Counseling:

Ext. 6245

Learning Commons:

Ext. 3304

Campus Security: 970.518.5137 (during campus hours)

Security after hours: 970.539.2171

Emergency: 911

Aims Community College’s west campus is located in downtown Loveland at 104 East 4th Street. The Loveland Campus, donated by the McKee Charitable Trust, opened in the fall of 1990. The Loveland Campus is a full-service campus offering the following services:  Admissions and Records, Assessment, Advising, Bookstore, The Learning Commons (computer lab, library, testing, and tutoring), and Financial Aid advising.

Aims Loveland offers courses in various formats: face-to-face, semester-long courses, accelerated courses, online courses, and hybrid courses (combination online and face-to-face). In addition, we offer both credit and non-credit courses during the day and evening to accommodate different schedules and interests. Non-credit courses, on demand, may include corporate or customized training, workshops, and career classes.

With advising and proper planning, students may complete an Associate of Arts degree, Associate of Arts Business Transfer degree, and the Associate of Science, all meeting Colorado core general education requirements. Several of the Associate of Science electives are on the Greeley campus and students travel to Greeley to take those courses. In addition to the Associate degrees and core courses, a certificate in Graphic Software and Applications is offered at the Loveland campus.

Finally, students will find a rich campus life with Student Leadership and Development programming such as I-Focus workshops, holiday celebrations, Peer Educators promoting health and wellness activities, and student clubs.

 

Windsor Campus

Location:

1130 South Gate Drive
Windsor, CO. 80550

Telephone: 970.339.6233

FAX: 970.506.6959

Email: windsor@aims.edu

Executive Campus Director/Asst. Dean:

Mary Gabriel, 970.339.6248

Staff Associate:

Lori McEachron, 970.339.6233

Enrollment Advisor:

Matthew Wallace, 970.339.6690

The Aims Windsor Campus is a state-of-the-art training and educational facility located off I-25 and US-34 serving Windsor, Greeley, Loveland, Berthoud, Mead, and Fort Collins.  This Campus houses the Automotive and Technology Center, the Public Safety Institute, and general education courses leading to an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree.

The Aims Automotive and Technology Center provides high-tech training in Automotive Service Technology, Collision Repair, and Refinishing, Light Diesel Repair, and Upholstery.  These programs are nationally recognized and certified in both secondary and post-secondary educational systems with accreditation provided by the National Automotive Technicians and Education Foundation.

The Public Safety Institute provides comprehensive emergency response training for firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and paramedics along with medical assisting technicians and phlebotomists.  The Public Safety Institute opened its doors in January 2016.  The Institute features the latest equipment and facilities for students in public safety.

With the expansion, the Campus now includes a physical fitness area, additional classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, a Student Services area, full science laboratory, a conference room, Learning Commons, a gas prop Fire Burn Tower, and a training yard. 

In addition, to these career and technical education degrees, students can complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at a central location.  Students also have the option of taking classes on the weekends.  Registration, Accuplacer testing, advising, and tutoring services will also be available.  The Windsor Campus is centrally located and has over 100,000 square feet of learning space.  This technology-packed campus is learning centric and includes advanced technology such as Smart technology academic classrooms along with wired and wireless computer labs.

  

Continuing Education

Location:

Guest House #1
Greeley Campus

Telephone: 970.339.6213

FAX: 970.475.2307

Web Site: www.aims.edu/ced

Program Director:

John Hutson, 970.339.6549, john.hutson@aims.edu

A Bridge to Your Future

The Continuing Education Division at Aims Community College is an exciting and dynamic unit of the institution that brings the resources of the college to the community. The goal of Continuing Education is to provide life-long learning opportunities by providing:

  1. Educational activities for professional growth and recreational interests to individual members of the community with a low-cost, high-benefit ratio;
  2. Customized training programs to meet the educational needs of local industries;
  3. Life-long learning for all levels of students;
  4. A community-based environment that creates and supports a focus on the principles of quality improvement;
  5. Online learning options for the public and local industries.

To reach these goals, the Continuing Education Division offers a wide variety of services. Visit our web site at www.aims.edu/ced.

 

Aims Online

Location:

Online Learning Office
Ed Beaty Hall 126B
5401 W. 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80632

Telephone: 970.339.6476

FAX: 970.506.6940

TTY: 970.339.6388

Director:

Cheryl Comstock, 970.339.6476

Staff Associate:

TBA

 

Online learning is an increasingly popular way for people to get access to the courses and knowledge they need. Online classes appeal to students with rigid schedules or transportation barriers that might prevent them from attending on-campus classes on a regular basis. With advising and proper planning, students can complete an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree on the Online Campus.

In Aims online courses, you learn using your computer with Internet access. Some classes require one on-campus orientation session and/or testing in an on-campus lab or at another proctored site.

The course content is presented through web pages, audio/video presentations and other means.

Communication tools, such as web-based chat rooms, message boards, and e-mail, allow students to interact with the instructor and other classmates.

You will cover the same material in the same amount of time as students in a traditional classroom setting, but your learning experience will be no less demanding; you will have to be disciplined and motivated to get the most out of your online learning experience.

Before you enroll in an online class, consider the following:

Speak with an advisor in the Advising Center to make sure the online courses chosen are available online, and available in the semesters desired.

People who learn effectively in an online setting are:

  • Self-motivating and willing to accept responsibility for their own learning,
  • Self-disciplined, able to budget their time effectively and willing to stick to deadlines,
  • Comfortable with technology, especially web-based and Internet technologies,
  • Willing to accept the challenge of being an independent learner,
  • Willing to take the initiative and first contact their instructor when they have questions or concerns regarding the course and access to the assigned materials therein (e.g., assignments and exams)
  • Able to communicate well in writing,
  • Aware that the flexibility inherent in many online courses does not mean the course will be easy.

In addition, to be successful at online learning you must have:

  • Reliable access to the Internet, including an up-to-date web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome.
  • Access to other technologies as required for each course. These technologies may include a microphone, speakers, and/or web camera. Consult the instructor for details.

Online tutoring is available for students enrolled in selected online courses. Please visit the Student tab for additional information. Other student services, such as advising, financial aid, admissions, registration, library, and bookstore are also available to the online student through the Aims web site.

If online learning suits your style and meets your needs, then consider enrolling in courses in Aims Community College’s Online Campus.

Online Course Curriculum Standards

Aims uses existing academic structures in the development of distance education courses and curricula. The college follows the Colorado state mandated common course descriptions, competencies, and outlines for any course offered, regardless of the method of delivery. When an online course is presented to the Aims Curriculum Committee, the syllabus must reflect the content and learning outcomes of the same face-to-face course. Our online faculty training includes the CCHE recommendations “that for every hour of credit, students must engage in a minimum of 12.5 hours of instructional time” (15 week semester = 50 minutes per week per credit). Therefore, our online faculty design and facilitate their online courses so that students have the opportunity to devote enough time on task to meet course objectives.