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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.  

Students: The Spring 2018 Application is open through December 20, 2017. 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. Applications received after the Dec 20 deadline will be considered for the spring 2019 cohort.

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