Center for the First-Year Experience


Horizon Hall, Room 107
(970) 339-6641


Program Overview

Catalyst is a program for students returning to Aims after at least one semester on campus.  The term “catalyst” is defined as someone or something that encourages progress and change.  This selective leadership program helps students foster a mindset of completion, while helping participants improve on skills attractive for employers including: teamwork, communication, organization, decision making, and other professional skills.  Catalyst’s goals include fostering a mindset of completion and a vision of the “end in mind.” 

According to the 2013 Job Outlook Survey, desired job skills include communication, teamwork, decision making and problem solving, organization and prioritizing, information processing, analytical skills, technical knowledge, computer proficiency, writing and editing, and influencing.  Therefore, Catalyst learning and service outcomes are focused on these skills needed to attract future employers. 

What's in it for you?

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Organizing & Prioritizing
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making
  • Professional Skills

Participation Incentives

  • Weekly workshop includes: meals and materials
  • Professional speakers
  • Resume development
  • Completion certificate
  • Co-Curricular transcript
  • Leadership role on campus
  • Strengths development
  • Employment soft-skills

Interested? If you are interested in this experience please contact the Center for the First-Year Experience at, 970-339-6857 or stop by and visit us in Horizon Hall Rm. 107.