Aims Community College

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Aims Community College is a two-year college serving northern Colorado with four locations in Greeley, Windsor, Fort Lupton and Loveland. Aims offers more than 160 degree and certificate programs and provides many diverse programs as both day and night classes.[1] Aims was founded in 1967 and the first class graduated in 1969. Aims started with one campus in Greeley and later expanded in 1984 to have another campus in Fort Lupton, and in 1987 the Aims Loveland campus was established. The Aims Automotive and Technology Center, located near I-25 and US-34, opened in January 2010.

Aims Community College
Type Two-year, community college
Established January 24, 1967[2]
President Dr. Leah L. Bornstein[3]
Students 7000
Location Greeley, Colorado, United States
Campus Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, Fort Lupton and Online
Enrollment figures are as of 2014-15[4]


In 1965 Kirby Hart of Greeley suggested that a two-year college should be considered for northern Colorado. January 24, 1967: The voters in 11 of Weld County’s 12 public school districts approved creation of the Community College District and on September 27 the first day of classes began there were 949 students enrolled. In May 1968 the first class graduated and three students received degrees. In 1969 a permanent 175-acre (0.71 km2) site for the college was purchased on the western edge of Greeley. In 1975 Dr. Ed Beaty died, he was the first president of Aims. In 1984 The South Campus opened west of Fort Lupton. In 1987 Aims opened a campus in downtown Loveland. On April 1992 Aims celebrated its 25th anniversary. August 31, 2004, was the first day of the semester system, replacing the quarter system. In 2005 Aims was named one of the top 10 Digital Community Colleges for digital education.

January 2017 will mark Aims' 50th Anniversary! Aims Community College is a public, fully accredited, two-year college with multiple campuses in northern Colorado, including the 175-acre campus centered in Greeley.


Aims currently has four physical campuses as well as an online campus.


The campus in west Greeley with 11 buildings overlooks 100 miles of Rocky Mountain grandeur. Students can apply, register for classes, meet with advisors, and get information on financial aid in our One-Stop Shop in the College Center. Of the 7,000 students who attend Aims annually, 70 percent take classes at the Greeley campus.

Fort Lupton[edit]

The Aims Fort Lupton campus is located one and one-half miles east of downtown Fort Lupton.

Aims' Agricultural Sciences and Technology Department is based on the Fort Lupton campus where it offers transfer degrees to Colorado State University in Soil and Crop Science, Agriculture Business, Horticulture and Animal Science. The program also offers two-year A.A.S. degrees in Agribusiness, Production Agriculture and Animal Science along with one-year certificates in Precision Agriculture, Agribusiness Management, Production Agriculture Mechanics, Production Agriculture and Crops and Animal Science.


The Aims Loveland campus is located in the heart of the community in downtown Loveland.


The Aims Automotive & Technology Center is a state-of-the-art technology and education center located near I-25 and US-34, which opened in January 2010. This centrally located 45,000-square-foot facility offers convenient drive times from the major population areas of northern Colorado.

The Aims Automotive & Technology Center offers automotive programs and academic classes. The facility is a high-tech learning environment that includes smart-technology classrooms, wired and wireless computer labs, a science lab and conference rooms.

Automotive Service Technology, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Light Diesel Repair and Upholstery classes are offered at the Center. The programs are nationally recognized and certified in both secondary and post-secondary educational systems with accreditation provided by the National Automotive Technicians and Education Foundation (NATEF).

The 10-acre Public Safety Institute (PSI) opened in January 2016 adjacent to the Automotive & Technology Center. PSI houses Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Science, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy and Criminal Justice (CJ). Amenities include a 53,000 square-foot, two-story, state-of-the-art building, drill ground area for fire, police and EMS training, training tower, science lab, smart classrooms, computer rooms, CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Test) testing, student services (registration, Accuplacer testing, advising, tutoring), simulation rooms for paramedic and EMT training workout room for physical fitness training, medical assistant lab with exam rooms, locker rooms and general education offerings so students can complete their degree requirements on site. The facility also houses a sand table used for fire modeling and planning and the first Anatomage table ordered in the state of Colorado, which is a virtual 4D cadaver resembling an operating table that has the ability to load data from real-life patient or cadaver x-rays, MRI scans and nuclear scans.

The Windsor campus is a full educational experience including general education classes such as biology, chemistry, art, history, humanities, mathematics and English. Classes are held day, night and weekends at the newest Aims Community College location, offering expanded convenience for students located throughout the Aims service area and beyond.


Aims students have the option of taking courses through the Aims Online Campus. These classes are conducted over the Internet using web-based course sites.[5]

Academic programs[edit]

Aims Community College offers many Academic Programs, which include:

  • Academic Pathways
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
    • AgriBusiness
    • Animal Science
    • Production Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Applied & Environmental Technologies
    • Engineering Technology: Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and Global Information Systems (GIS)
    • Construction Management
    • Industrial Technology
    • Oil and Gas Technology
  • Art & Design
  • Automotive - Collision Repair Technology
  • Automotive - Service Technology
  • Aviation
    • General Aviation Pilot
    • Helicopter Pilot
    • Professional Pilot
    • Air Traffic Controller
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Business
  • Business Technology
  • Communication Media
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • CPR & First Aid (offered through Continuing Education)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • English
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Fire Science
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design & Rich Media
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Intensive English
  • Management
  • Math
  • Marketing
  • Med Prep
  • Medical Clinical Assisting
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Nurse Aide
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Speech
  • Surgical Technology
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Welding
  • Women's Studies
  • World Languages



Aims Community College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[7] Various programs at Aims also have their own accreditations.

  • Associate Degree Nursing Program - Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON) and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Nurse Aide Program - Colorado State Board of Nursing (SBON)
  • Med Prep Nurse Aide Program: Career Academy - Colorado State Board of Nursing (CBON)
  • Automotive Service Program - NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) certified
  • EMS-Paramedic - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Surgical Technology - Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Police (Peace Officers) Academy - Colorado Peace Officers Standards and Training Board
  • Fire Science - International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Degree Assembly
  • Aviation (Fixed Wing and Helicopter) - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), approved under Part 141
  • Air Traffic Controller - FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (AT-CTI)
  • Early Childhood Program - National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


Student resources[edit]

Aims offers student resources that help students in area that they may need help in. Those resources include:

  • Admissions
  • Advising
  • Bookstore
  • Campus Bistro
  • Campus Grind
  • Cashier's Office
  • Computer Learning Lab
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • CO-AMP
  • Disability Access Services
  • Emerging Scholars
  • Financial Aid
  • First Year Experience
  • GoPrint
  • Kiefer Library
  • Learning Commons
  • Local Human Services
  • Online Writing Lab
  • Parking
  • Personal Counseling
  • Reprographics
  • Scholarships
  • Student Leadership & Development
  • Student Success Center
  • Testing Center
  • TRiO & CORE Impact Programs
  • Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
  • Writer's Community



In addition to the Aims Weekly e-newsletter and the Toilet Paper, Aims also has an Aims TV which can be found on Comcast cable on Channel 22 (Greeley), Channel 16 (Fort Lupton), Channel 82 (Loveland) and Channel 96 (Fort Collins).

Aims Communication Media students also have the opportunity to work in a professional, state-of-the-art radio broadcast facility on the Greeley campus. Tune into Aims Student Radio on 89.1 FM.[10]

Facts and stats[edit]

Aims Community College is a public, fully accredited, two-year college with multiple campuses in northern Colorado. The 175-acre main campus has been centered in Greeley for over 45 years with satellite campuses in Windsor, Loveland and Fort Lupton.[11]

Ethnicity Gender Age Students
Caucasian: 60% Female: 59% Under 18: 18% Full-Time: 34%
Hispanic: 33% Male: 41% 18 - 19: 21% Part-Time: 66%
Other: 7% 20 - 21: 16% Receive Financial Aid: 3173 students
22 - 24: 13%
25 - 29: 12%
30 - 34: 6%
35 - 39: 4%
40 - 49: 5%
50 - 64: 4%
65+: 1%

The current tuition costs for Aims Community College are $2,020.80 for 30 hours, in-state, in-district, without COF for 2015-16.[12]

UNC and CSU connections[edit]

Aims Community College students enrolled for 12 or more semester credits are eligible to enroll in one additional undergraduate class (maximum 5 semester credits) at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) or Colorado State University (CSU) during the corresponding term without additional tuition charges.

Full-time UNC and CSU students may likewise enroll in one course (maximum 5 semester credits) at Aims. Continuing Education courses cannot be taken as the free class. [13]


  1. ^ Aims Homepage
  2. ^ "History of Aims". Aims Community College. Retrieved 4 December 2014. }
  3. ^ "Aims President". Aims Community College. Retrieved 4 December 2014. }
  4. ^ "Aims at a Glance". Aims Community College. Retrieved 4 December 2014. }
  5. ^ "Online Campus". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  6. ^ Academic Programs
  7. ^ Aims Accreditation
  8. ^ "Accreditation". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  9. ^ Student Resources
  10. ^ "Aims Student Radio". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  11. ^ "About Aims: Facts and Stats". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  12. ^ "Cashier's Office: Tuition Comparison". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  13. ^ Cooperative Registration Agreement

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