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Center for the First-YearExperience



Ty Thompson
(970) 339-6595

Catalyst is a selective program for students returning to Aims after at least one semester (a minimum of 3 semester credits completed) with a minimum 2.0 GPA. To apply to the program students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. 

The term “catalyst” is defined as someone or something that encourages progress and change. This unique program helps students foster a mindset of completion and a vision of the “end in mind.” Over the span of two semesters (Spring & Fall) participants will be provided the opportunity to improve on skills attractive to future employers:  teamwork, communication, leadership, organization, decision making, and other personal/professional skills.  Membership in Catalyst strengthens your leadership skills, making you “the” candidate for your future career! 

Program Highlights:

75 minute weekly meetings on the Greeley and Fort Lupton campuses with topics covering: Johari Window, Servant Leadership, Diversity in the Workplace, Group Dynamics, Networking, Resume Development, Emotional IQ, Core Work Values, Service to Our Communities, and Preparing for the Interview.

  • 86% of Catalyst students agree or strongly agree that Catalyst had a substantial impact on their retention (16-17)
  • Average 3.2 cumulative GPA for Catalyst participants, compared to 2.8 for non-Catalyst participants 
  • On average, 85% of students who participate in Catalyst continue at Aims, compared to 58% who do not participate in Catalyst

Catalyst extends the first-year experience, building community in and outside of the classroom. Students who participate in Catalyst receive peer-to-peer and facilitator support as they continue to navigate Aims and achieve their personal and professional goals.  

Faculty and staff, please click the button below to access the student nomination form for spring 2018.

Come to our Meet & Greet Week: October 23-27, 2017

Interested in Catalyst, but unsure if it's a fit? Check out the below opportunities to give it a try before you apply!

Date Time Location Topic
10/23-10/27 Throughout the day! First-Year Experience Office, Horizon Hall - Rm. 107 Visit with current Catalysters and program facilitators to learn more about the program - cookies served!
10/26 12:45-2pm Greeley Campus, Beaty Hall -Rm. 123 Generational Diversity - lunch served!
10/26 5-6:15pm Greeley Campus, Beaty Hall -Rm. 123 Generational Diversity - dinner served!
10/27 12:15-1:30pm Greeley Campus, Horizon Hall - Rm. 122 Generational Diversity - lunch served!
11/7 12:45-2pm Fort Lupton Campus, Prairie Bldg - Rm. 110 Generational Diversity - lunch served!
11/7 11am-12pm & 2-3pm Fort Lupton Campus, Prairie Bldg - Student Lounge Visit with current Catalysters and program facilitator, Ty Thompson - cookies served!

There will also be Application Parties in the FYE office (HH107) on Monday, October 30 from 12-2pm (lunch provided) and Thursday, November 2 from 9-11am (breakfast provided) for all interested applicants.

Students: The Spring 2018 Application is now Open! Notification of acceptance status for the spring 2018 semester will be sent via Aims email within one week of receiving both the nomination and application. 

Review the Application Instructions prior to submitting your application. 

Fort Lupton Application      Greeley Application
Faculty and Staff: Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. Any nominations received through December 20, 2017, will be sent to students with an invite for spring 2018. Click the below to submit a nomination!

Student Nomination Form