Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock gets new name, hefty donation

Sturm Family Foundation expands its portfolio with Castle Rock institution

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Arapahoe Community College's Collaboration Campus project has a new name, and one that came with a hefty and historical donation.

ACC has received $10 million from the Sturm Family Foundation, which it says is the largest in history for Colorado's 13 institutions within the Colorado Community College System.

“A gift of this magnitude creates real-life opportunities for Colorado students to transition from the classroom into careers,” Colorado Community College System Chancellor Joe Garcia said in a prepared statement. “The Sturm Collaboration Campus will allow us to remove barriers to students and offer high-quality programs to meet workforce needs.”

All $10 million will be used for the Castle Rock-based, higher-education school now named the Sturm Collaboration Campus. Half of the funds are already planned for staffing, equipment and technology. There's also a match potential of $5 million.

“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 a statement.

The program is geared toward working students and helping graduates transition to the workforce. Colorado State University will also offer bachelor's degree completion programs at Sturm Collaboration Campus. Classes are slated to begin in the fall. The Douglas County School District and the Town of Castle Rock are among the project's partners.

“We are sincerely grateful for the investment and confidence the Sturm Family Foundation is placing in ACC and the innovative model of the Sturm Collaboration Campus,” ACC President Diana Doyle said in a news release. “This partnership will help us achieve our bold campus vision to serve students, industry and community members in a more seamless manner.”

Sturm is the owner of ANB Bank and the developer of The Meadows, the Castle Rock neighborhood where the campus will be located. The foundation was created in 2000 by Donald and Susan Sturm and now co-managed by their children.

The campus aims to bring a new model of higher-education to the Castle Rock area. It will combine applied learning with workforce training in studies like cyber security, secure software development, business, accounting, entrepreneurship and health care.

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