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Aims Community College50th Anniversary



Voters in 11 of Weld County’s 12 school districts approved a community college district. The original governing committee consisted of Kirby Hart (President), Wayne Foster (Vice President), Margaret Houtchens (Secretary), George Bush (Treasurer) and Kenneth Monfort.
Lincoln Building

Dr. Ed Beaty arrived for his first day on the job as the first president of Aims Community College.
Ed Beaty

949 Students enrolled for first day of class.
First students on first day of class


175 acre property at 47th and 20th street purchased and becomes permanent home of Aims.


Aims paid $500,000 to acquire a 47,000 sq. ft. electronics component building, now Cornerstone, on 10 acres adjacent to the campus.


The 30,160 sq. ft. Trades and Industry Building was completed.
Trades & Industry


Office Occupations Building was opened, providing 17,260 square feet of classroom space at a cost of $700,000. In 1984 the building was renamed Horizon Hall.


The Skills Center was completed at a cost of $150,000. The 10,600 sq. ft. center was constructed by Aims students.
Skills Center


Dr. Richard A. Laughlin was appointed the second president of Aims.

The 19,310 sq. ft. Physical Education Building was opened at a cost of $900,000.

EMS program is born.


Ed Beaty Hall Groundbreaking.

Beaty Hall


Aug - Dr. George R. Conger was appointed the third president of Aims.

Aug – Aims Foundation founded.


Aims founded its Criminal Justice program.


Fire Science program begins at Aims.

Fire Science


The Welding Technology Complex was opened. The $756,000, 17,000 sq. ft. building was touted as the finest instructional welding facility in the western United States.


The South Campus opened. The $1.9-million 27,000-square-feet complex is located on a 60-acre parcel east of Fort Lupton.
South Campus

The Westview General Classroom Building opened for fall classes. The $2.1-million structure covers 38,000 square feet.


Aims taught its 100,000th student.

The Loveland campus was established initially as a shared facility with Regis College and the City of Loveland.
Loveland Campus


Groundbreaking was held for the new West Campus in the White Building, financed by the McKee Charitable Trust.

West Campus opened its classrooms in the 14,400-square-feet White Building, 5,500 square feet of which were remodeled at a cost of $200,000. 


Aviation Fixed Wing program is born.


The College Center was dedicated. The 60,000-square-feet "front door" to the Greeley campus cost $5 million.
College Center


The Aims College Flight Training Center building was purchased at the Greeley/Weld County airport.

The Monfort Early Childhood Education Center opened. The 10,000-square-feet center was  made possible by a $500,000 gift by the Monfort Family Foundation.


The $2.2-million Aims College Corporate Education Center was dedicated. The 30,000-square feet facility houses the Continuing Education Division of the college.

Dr. George R. Conger retired after more than 18 years of service.


Dr. Kiefer retired. The Board of Trustees named the Aims Library in his honor – the Jerry A. Kiefer Library.

Dr. Paul N. Thompson was named the fourth president of Aims Community College.


Aims received ten-year "seal of approval" accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.


Harold S. Winograd Center for Innovative Learning dedicated. Thai House II dedicated. 


Flight Simulator Center dedicated.


In January, Dr. Marilynn “Marsi” Liddell was appointed as the fifth president of Aims.

The leased Health Sciences Building, covering 6,555 square feet, dedicated.


First day of the semester system, replacing the quarter system .       

Aims graduates first group of practical nurses.


Aims named one of the top 10 Digital Community Colleges by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges.

TRiO Student Support Services grant established for 5 years to annually serve 160 low-income, first generation students with intensive academic support.


Ribbon-cutting for Downtown Center.

Open House for Construction and Automotive Technology building in Fort Lupton.
Auto Ft Lupton

Aims celebrates 25 years of College for Kids


iFocus Academic Success Workshop Series is launched to address student needs in academics, leadership, career development and technology.

Aims expands its cable presence outside of Greeley to Fort Lupton, Fort Collins and Loveland.

Emerging Scholars program was launched to support students in developmental education who demonstrate the potential for academic success.

Advancing Academic Achievement (AAA) course began and became a required class for students in developmental education to support a successful transition into the college curriculum.

Both the new Allied Health and Sciences Building and the new Aviation Building open their doors for new students.


The College Promise scholarship program is established with grass-roots funding from local community and business leaders, providing scholarships to District 6 graduates.

Air Traffic Controller program takes flight, offering an Associate of Applied Sciences degree through a two-year program.

Beaty Hall renovations completed. The 64,000-square-foot building features Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, Graphic Arts and Communication Media.
Beaty Renovation

Aims partners with Weld County Employment Services to develop a new program to produce graduates who are highly qualified to fill positions in electric, oil and gas, solar, wind and geo-thermal industries.


Green/Sustainable building program is launched focusing on solar construction techniques, terminology and materials, as well as zero net building, passive thermal architecture, super insulation, and renewable energy sources for heating, cooling and electrical power.


Automotive & Technology Center opens in Windsor. The 45,000-square-foot facility features the latest in automotive technology.
Windsor Auto

College Center renovation completed. All student services now in a one-stop-shop to better serve students.

TRiO Student Support Services grant renewed for another five-year term to annually serve 160 low-income, first generation students with intensive academic support.


Aims successfully hosted its first Community College Day.

Aims received reaffirmation of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

Horizon Hall remodel completed, classes resumed for the summer session.
Horizon Hall


Center for the First-Year Experience (FYE) opened to sustain an environment that supports a successful social and academic transition of students into the Aims community.

Greeley Campus Promenade completed.


The College was declared debt free, all Certificates of Participation were paid off.

Ft. Lupton opens the new Platte building for oil and gas training and renovated Prairie building.
Platte Building

Center for Opportunity and Resilience in Education (CORE) opened and expanded the TRiO model to serve historically underrepresented students with intensive academic support.

Catalyst program was launched


Windsor Charter Academy and Early College High School were added to the outstanding list of academic pathways that Aims supports.

Catalyst was launched as a selective leadership and college success program for second semester and second year students. 

Aims won the Colorado Completes statewide competition with the AAA and Catalyst programs. Lt. Governor Joe Garcia visited Aims to recognize these two distinctive programs that help students succeed academically.  


Renovation and new name of Cornerstone completed.

Dr. Marilynn “Marsi” Liddell retired after 12 years of service to the College.

Dr. Leah L. Bornstein appointed as the sixth president of Aims.

Early College High School began with students from Greeley/Evans District 6 and Windsor Charter Academy.

Newly Renovated Physical Education and Recreation Center completed.


The new Public Safety Institute building on the Windsor Campus was completed and opened for the first day of spring semester.

Aims freezes tuition for the sixth consecutive year.

Aims Community College Breaks Ground on a New Technology Education Center and Welding Building Renovation.