Arapahoe Community College (ACC) Sturm Collaboration Campus
The Arapahoe Community College Sturm Collaboration Campus, located between Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Castle Rock Middle School, opened in August 2019. This innovative campus is a joint venture between ACC, the Town of Castle Rock, the Castle Rock Economic Development Council, Colorado State University and the Douglas County School District.
Sturm Collaboration Campus offers degrees in business, health and technology and provide a smooth pathway from high school diploma to associate degree to bachelor's degree.
ACC's academic catalog contains all the coursework required and offered at the Sturm campus. High school students can start college-level academics and career exploration during their junior and senior years through ACC's already robust Concurrent Enrollment program. They can then earn an ACC associate degree at the Sturm campus and further their education with a bachelor's degree from CST. By following this path, students can save an average of $42,000 in education costs.
About the partnership
Arapahoe Community College is building a $40 million campus on a 14-acre site. The two-phase project will consist of two buildings up to 54,000 square feet. Phase one opened in August 2019.
Castle Rock's Town Council agreed to make an in-kind investment of $3 million over three to five years. The in-kind investment includes some site improvement such as utilities, grading and parking.
Colorado State University (CSU) leases space at the campus. CSU faculty and students can perform research, get internship opportunities and complete hands-on project work at the new campus.