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Aims Community College50th Anniversary

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1967

Voters in 11 of Weld County’s 12 school districts approved a community college district. The original governing committee consisted of Kirby Hart (President), Wayne Foster (Vice President), Margaret Houtchens (Secretary), George Bush (Treasurer) and Kenneth Monfort.
Lincoln Building

Dr. Ed Beaty arrived for his first day on the job as the first president of Aims Community College.
Ed Beaty

949 Students enrolled for first day of class.
First students on first day of class

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1969

175 acre property at 47th and 20th street purchased and becomes permanent home of Aims.
 Future Home of Aims Community College

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1970

Aims paid $500,000 to acquire a 47,000 sq. ft. electronics component building, now Cornerstone, on 10 acres adjacent to the campus.
Aims College - Cornerstone building

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1971

The 30,160 sq. ft. Trades and Industry Building was completed.
Trades & Industry

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1973

Office Occupations Building was opened, providing 17,260 square feet of classroom space at a cost of $700,000. In 1984 the building was renamed Horizon Hall.

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1975

The Skills Center was completed at a cost of $150,000. The 10,600 sq. ft. center was constructed by Aims students.
Skills Center

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1976

Dr. Richard A. Laughlin was appointed the second president of Aims.
Laughlin

The 19,310 sq. ft. Physical Education Building was opened at a cost of $900,000.

EMS program is born.

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1978

Ed Beaty Hall Groundbreaking.

Beaty Hall

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1979

Aug - Dr. George R. Conger was appointed the third president of Aims.
Conger

Aug – Aims Foundation founded.

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1981

Aims founded its Criminal Justice program.

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1982

Fire Science program begins at Aims.

Fire Science

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1983

The Welding Technology Complex was opened. The $756,000, 17,000 sq. ft. building was touted as the finest instructional welding facility in the western United States.

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1984

The South Campus opened. The $1.9-million 27,000-square-feet complex is located on a 60-acre parcel east of Fort Lupton.
South Campus

The Westview General Classroom Building opened for fall classes. The $2.1-million structure covers 38,000 square feet.
Westview

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1987

Aims taught its 100,000th student.
Students

The Loveland campus was established initially as a shared facility with Regis College and the City of Loveland.
Loveland Campus

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1990

Groundbreaking was held for the new West Campus in the White Building, financed by the McKee Charitable Trust.

West Campus opened its classrooms in the 14,400-square-feet White Building, 5,500 square feet of which were remodeled at a cost of $200,000. 

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1992

Aviation Fixed Wing program is born.
Aviation

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1993

The College Center was dedicated. The 60,000-square-feet "front door" to the Greeley campus cost $5 million.
College Center

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1995

The Aims College Flight Training Center building was purchased at the Greeley/Weld County airport.

The Monfort Early Childhood Education Center opened. The 10,000-square-feet center was  made possible by a $500,000 gift by the Monfort Family Foundation.

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1997

The $2.2-million Aims College Corporate Education Center was dedicated. The 30,000-square feet facility houses the Continuing Education Division of the college.

Dr. George R. Conger retired after more than 18 years of service.

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1998

Dr. Kiefer retired. The Board of Trustees named the Aims Library in his honor – the Jerry A. Kiefer Library.
Keifer

Dr. Paul N. Thompson was named the fourth president of Aims Community College.
Thompson

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1999

Aims received ten-year "seal of approval" accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

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2000

Harold S. Winograd Center for Innovative Learning dedicated. Thai House II dedicated. 

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2001

Flight Simulator Center dedicated.
Simulator

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2003

In January, Dr. Marilynn “Marsi” Liddell was appointed as the fifth president of Aims.
Lidell

The leased Health Sciences Building, covering 6,555 square feet, dedicated.

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2004

First day of the semester system, replacing the quarter system .       

Aims graduates first group of practical nurses.
Nurses

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2005

Aims named one of the top 10 Digital Community Colleges by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges.

TRiO Student Support Services grant established for 5 years to annually serve 160 low-income, first generation students with intensive academic support.

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2006

Ribbon-cutting for Downtown Center.

Open House for Construction and Automotive Technology building in Fort Lupton.
Auto Ft Lupton

Aims celebrates 25 years of College for Kids

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2007

iFocus Academic Success Workshop Series is launched to address student needs in academics, leadership, career development and technology.

Aims expands its cable presence outside of Greeley to Fort Lupton, Fort Collins and Loveland.

Emerging Scholars program was launched to support students in developmental education who demonstrate the potential for academic success.

Advancing Academic Achievement (AAA) course began and became a required class for students in developmental education to support a successful transition into the college curriculum.

Both the new Allied Health and Sciences Building and the new Aviation Building open their doors for new students.
Allied

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2008

The College Promise scholarship program is established with grass-roots funding from local community and business leaders, providing scholarships to District 6 graduates.

Air Traffic Controller program takes flight, offering an Associate of Applied Sciences degree through a two-year program.

Beaty Hall renovations completed. The 64,000-square-foot building features Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, Graphic Arts and Communication Media.
Beaty Renovation

Aims partners with Weld County Employment Services to develop a new program to produce graduates who are highly qualified to fill positions in electric, oil and gas, solar, wind and geo-thermal industries.

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2009

Green/Sustainable building program is launched focusing on solar construction techniques, terminology and materials, as well as zero net building, passive thermal architecture, super insulation, and renewable energy sources for heating, cooling and electrical power.

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2010

Automotive & Technology Center opens in Windsor. The 45,000-square-foot facility features the latest in automotive technology.
Windsor Auto

College Center renovation completed. All student services now in a one-stop-shop to better serve students.

TRiO Student Support Services grant renewed for another five-year term to annually serve 160 low-income, first generation students with intensive academic support.

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2011

Aims successfully hosted its first Community College Day.

Aims received reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

Horizon Hall remodel completed, classes resumed for the summer session.
Horizon Hall

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2012

Center for the First-Year Experience (FYE) opened to sustain an environment that supports a successful social and academic transition of students into the Aims community.
FYE

Greeley Campus Promenade completed.

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2013

The College was declared debt free, all Certificates of Participation were paid off.

Ft. Lupton opens the new Platte building for oil and gas training and renovated Prairie building.
Platte Building

Center for Opportunity and Resilience in Education (CORE) opened and expanded the TRiO model to serve historically underrepresented students with intensive academic support.

Catalyst program was launched

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2014

Windsor Charter Academy and Early College High School were added to the outstanding list of academic pathways that Aims supports.

Catalyst was launched as a selective leadership and college success program for second semester and second year students. 
Catalyst

Aims won the Colorado Completes statewide competition with the AAA and Catalyst programs. Lt. Governor Joe Garcia visited Aims to recognize these two distinctive programs that help students succeed academically.  

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2015

Renovation and new name of Cornerstone completed.

Dr. Marilynn “Marsi” Liddell retired after 12 years of service to the College.

Dr. Leah L. Bornstein appointed as the sixth president of Aims.
Bornstein

Early College High School began with students from Greeley/Evans District 6 and Windsor Charter Academy.

Newly Renovated Physical Education and Recreation Center completed.
PERC

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2016

The new Public Safety Institute building on the Windsor Campus was completed and opened for the first day of spring semester.
PSI

Aims freezes tuition for the sixth consecutive year.

Aims Community College Breaks Ground on a New Technology Education Center and Welding Building Renovation.
ATEC

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