Aims Community College Profile
Name: Aims Community College
President: Leah Bornstein, PhD
Type of college: Public
Campus setting: Rural
Year established: 1967
Governing Board Website
|Fall credit enrollment: 5945
Non-Resident Alien: 0.08%
American Indian or Alaskan Native: 0.66%
Black or African American: 1.56%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0.18%
Two or more races: 1.94%
Race and ethnicity unknown: 1.52%
Under 18: 10.6%
18 - 19: 19.6%
20 - 21: 17.4%
22 - 24: 14.3%
25 - 29: 14.5%
30 - 34: 8.2%
35 - 39: 5.0%
40 - 49: 5.9%
50 - 64: 4.0%
65 and over: 0.7%
Leah Bornstein, PhD
Walt Richter, PhD
Quote from the President
"Aims Community College is truly our "community's college" as it was developed through the vision, collaboration and generosity of our community. Aims will continue to earn the community's trust by ensuring the success of our students through the highest quality, innovative learning environment. Our goal is to provide a well-qualified workforce for Northern Colorado."
- The G-Town Promise: A collaboration between the College, the city, local school district and business leaders. G.Town Promise provides local youth with the additional help they need to become successful, productive adults; and to provide a quality workforce. The goal of the G.Town Promise is to empower programs to build and support structures that help students with their academic decisions. These structures include an innovative early college high school, scholarship for every high school graduate, career planning, local internships, mentoring programs and leadership development.
- 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: In recognition of its commitment to general community service, education and economic development, Aims Community College was named to the President’s honor roll. Aims Community College students participated in over 40 service projects including TaxHelp Colorado. A partnership with the Piton Foundation, Aims students completed 1,100 tax returns for low-income Weld County families, which resulted in $2.2 million in refunds.
- Surgical Technology Program: Our Surgical Technology program is one of two public programs in the State of Colorado preparing students for careers as surgical technologists. This program is highly successful with a graduation rate over 80% since 2010, a 100% pass rate on the national surgical technologists exam since 2014, and an 91% placement rate since 2011.
- Communication Media: The Communication Media department is home to state-of-the-art equipment and innovative instruction. The program is equipped with the same video switcher and HD cameras that are used by many television stations; the only Solid State Logic audio mixing board in a Colorado institution of Higher Education, and the same radio automation system used by most commercial radio stations.
- Emerging Scholars: Established in fall 2007, Emerging Scholars is a scholarship-based program designed to support students in developmental education and show emerging potential to succeed at Aims. More than 1,700 students have received intensive academic and career advising, access to exclusive study groups, and assistance with navigating campus resources resulting in an impressive term-to-term average retention rate of 76% for this at-risk population.
- Center for Opportunity and Resilience in Education (CORE): Established in the summer of 2013, CORE expands upon the TRIO model by serving 50 students annually who identify as historically underserved ethnic or racial minority groups, including undocumented populations. CORE is designed to enhance the holistic development of students while also being committed to establishing a community which provides opportunity for increased access to services; intensive learning support; and an intercultural learning community which facilitates successful completion of students’ postsecondary education.
- First-Year Experience: The Center for the First-Year Experience is designed to create and sustain an environment that supports a successful academic and social transition of students into the Aims community. Participating students are provided the opportunity to discover resources and develop skills to realize academic, career and personal success.
- First-Year Experience / Catalyst Program: This selective leadership program, now boasting 75 student participants over three campuses for fall 2015, helps students foster a mindset of completion through semester-long content organized around the themes of connectedness, equity & social inclusiveness, and leadership. Housed in the Center for the First-Year Experience, Catalyst began in January 2014 as an extension of a three-credit First-Year Seminar (AAA 090). The AAA to Catalyst initiative was selected as a best practice through the Colorado Completes campaign for achievement related to student retention, engagement, success, and completion.