Aims to build new campus in BerthoudSubmitted on: 05-29-2007
Aims Community College, The Town of Berthoud, and McWhinney announced on Friday the location of a future 30-acre Aims campus in Berthoud. The future campus will be located next to Wilson Ranch, McWhinney’s 1,600-acre master-planned community. Located east of Interstate 25 on County Road 44, the future site will draw students from southern Weld County and beyond. Weld County was the fastest growing county in the nation in 2000-2003 and the second-fastest in 2000-2005 (U.S. Census Bureau). “With this announcement, Aims Community College is readying itself for future growth. By drawing from a wide pool of students and life-long learners from the western part of our service area and creating a first-rate campus designed to fit their needs, we are fulfilling a promise to best serve those students,” said Dr. Marsi Liddell, president of Greeley-based Aims Community College. Aims currently has campuses in Greeley, Fort Lupton and downtown Loveland. The Berthoud campus will become the main west campus, but Aims is not planning to abandon the Loveland location. “We will work with the city of Loveland to determine exactly what the use of that facility will be,” Liddell said. The timing of the project will not be rushed to ensure the facility meets the needs of the area. “This isn’t something that will happen in weeks,” Liddell said. “The development of the property will proceed as we get input from internal and external sources on what makes the most sense.” Completion of the campus is expected to be two to three years away. The announcement came as good news to Berthoud. “The Town of Berthoud welcomes Aims Community College to our community. This project is another important step in building a sustainable future for our region,” said Berthoud Mayor Milan Karspeck. “McWhinney is looking forward to working with Aims and the Town of Berthoud in helping them create a vibrant college campus that will not only encourage life-long learning but also create vital connections for students to the surrounding communities,” said Troy McWhinney, principal of McWhinney. Aims Community College is one of the most progressive two-year colleges in Colorado. Aims is celebrating its 40th year of helping students achieve their goals through thousands of day, evening, weekend and online courses. Wilson Ranch is planned as a 1,600-acre master-planned community with an estimated 5 million square feet of commercial space and 4,000 homes over the next 40 years. Current demographics show more than 1.1 million people residing within a 30-minute drive of Wilson Ranch (Claritas, 2005). Call Aims today at (970) 330-8008 or visit www.aims.edu for more information on how to register for classes. Aims Community College is an EEO/AA Employer About McWhinney: McWhinney, headquartered in Loveland, Colo., is a team of talented people who are passionate about creating great places for people and providing fabled service to our customers. We develop innovative and sustainable master-planned communities and vertical commercial and mixed use projects. Since 1991, McWhinney has planned and developed more than 5,000 acres in several master-planned communities and over 3.3 million square feet of vertical commercial and mixed-use properties throughout the Rocky Mountain region and on the West Coast. For additional information, visit www.mcwhinney.com.
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