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Great. From the Ground Up - Aims Community College


Aims Radio Station Wins Audio Competition
Joe Cross and Brittany Pigg, hosts of the Aims Student Radio Show "Morning Mayhem," won the Two-Year/Small School Audio Competition as part of the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.  Joe and the Aims radio station were also awarded the “Outstanding Leadership” award by the College Radio Day organization. 

PTK All Colorado Academic Team
Congratulations to Aims Community College students Josh Romero and DJ Ditter for their appointment to the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society All Colorado Academic Team.  They join 23 other students from across Colorado on the team.

State SkillsUSA Competition
Three Aims Community College Collision Program students have earned the right to compete at the State SkillsUSA Competition this year.  Dymond Braun, Jagger Watkins, and Mike Thompson will compete for a chance to represent Colorado in the National Conference to be held in Kansas City. 

Aims Alumnus Wins Top Honors
Aims Community College alumnus Lance Ing has been named Video Editor of the year by the White House News Photographers Association.  He won for his first place finishes in General News, Day Feature, Editing Short Form, Political/Campaign, and Audio categories. Lance is a nationally recognized and award-winning television photojournalist, editor and producer.

Selected for Task Force & Board of Directors
Jenna Oliver, Chief of College and Community Relations at Aims College, has been asked to participate in the Colorado Department of Higher Education College Communications Task Force and was recently selected to serve on the Public Education and Business Coalition Board of Directors. This non-profit works with teachers, schools and districts to facilitate the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency program.

Appointment to State Advisory Board
Gene Meier, Director of Academic Pathways at Aims Community College, has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education to the Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board. He has also been selected to speak about the 7 keys to Effective Leadership in Charter Education and Systemic Reform at the National Johnson O’Malley Association conference in Denver.



Aims Industrial Technology Program Awarded $2 Million

Aims Community College has been awarded just over $2 million to enhance their Industrial Technology Programs.  The grants are part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, which was created to expand targeted training programs for unemployed workers, especially those impacted by foreign trade.


Aims Students Earn National Recognition for CST Exam

Aims Community College has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.  Aims students achieved a 100% pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam.  Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate competencies for safe patient care in the operating room.  The CST is widely recognized as the foremost credential for surgical technologists, which is required for employment at many local, state and national health care organizations.


Aims Ranked in Top 50 Fire Science Colleges

Aims Community College has been recognized for offering fire science programs with significantly higher than average return-on-investment.  Fire Science Online recently released its list of the 90 Fire Science Degree Programs "That Really Pay Off," including Aims as #49 out of 900 colleges in the U.S. that offere similar programs.  The list recognizes colleges and universities across the country with excellent tuition rates.


Aims Students Honored at All-Colorado Ceremony

Aims Community College students Carrie Frederickson and Daniel Ruiz were recently honored at the Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team Recognition Ceremony.  Carrie and Daniel each submitted a competitive essay to Phi Theta Kappa and were selected to represent Aims College at the state level with other Colorado community college students.  They received scholarship offers from Regis University and Johnson & Wales University.






Aims Flight Training Center Earns Safety Award

Congratulations to the Aims Community College Flight Training Center faculty and staff who earned a Safety Award from Phoenix Aviation Managers.


Aims Students Excel at CST Exams

Aims has been recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving a success rate of more than 90% on the Surgical Technologist exam.  This is the only fully accredited exam in the nation and is required for employment with many local, state and national health care organizations.


Aims Named Friendly to Military

Aims Community College has been designated a "Military Friendly School" by GI Jobs magazine.  This designation goes to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to support America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their succes on campus.


Aims Professor to Participate in AP Reading

Aims Community College English Professor Chuck Fisher has been selected to participate in the College Board's Annual Advanced Placement evaluation and scoring of AP Exams.  Many of the best educators from around the country are asked to participate in this program.


Aims early Childhood Education Program Earns National Accreditation

Aims Community College's Early Childhood Education program has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  The accreditation shows a commitment to quality in 12 areas related to professional preparation standards and positive student outcomes.


EMT Scholarship Provided by Daniels Fund

Aims Community College has received an award of $24,000 from the Daniels Fund to provide need-based scholarships for adult learners interested in the college's Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic programs.  Daniels Opportunity Scholarships are distributed to two and four-year colleges and universities to support non-traditional students.


Aims Student Selected All Colorado Academic Team

Aims Community College student Donnie Schultz is one of just 26 students from across the state named to the All-Colorado Academic Team sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of community colleges.  He will graduate this spring as one of the first Aims students to earn the designation.


Aims Prepares for Oil Using Grant

Aims Community College has been awarded a grant for $2 million by the Department of Labor.  The money will be used to expand the college's applied environmental technology department including the creation of a mobile education station that can be moved to various Weld County businesses, drilling sites, schools and other locations for on-site training.  The money will also help establish an Associate of Applied Science degree in energy, oil and gas and provide funding for education in areas such as math and reading to help students quickly bring their skills up to college level.




Aims Receives Department of Education Grant

Aims Community College has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the college's Career Ladder program.  "Career Ladder" focuses on developing existing elementary school para-professionals into elementary teachers who will specialize in teaching English language learners.


National League for Nursing Accreditation Achieved

The Aims Community College nursing program has received national accreditation from the National League for Nursing accrediting commission.  The League is responsible for specialized accreditation of nursing education programs across the U.S.  The Aims program prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and accepts approximately 30 students in each "cohort."  The nursing program has had full approval from the Colorado State Board of Nursing since 2006.


Aims Receives Full Accreditation

Aims Community College has received reaffirmation of full accreditation through 2017 from the Higher Learning Commission.  Aims has been fully accredited since 1977.  In the meantime, Aims continues to push the quality of learning higher as part of the Academic Quality Improvement Program, also through the Higher Learning Commission, to ensure the college is constantly improving.


Assistant Director Consultant to FEMA

Michael Millsapps, assistant director of Facilities and Operations for Aims Community College, has been selected to serve as a consultant to the FEMA Public Works Working Group.  Michael will serve as a Subject Matter Expert in facilities and building operations.  The Group is comprised of 20 professionals from across the country selected for their expertise in topics relevant to maintaining operations during a type 3 incident or disaster.


Aims Named Military Friendly School

Aims Community College has been selected as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine.  The 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools, honors the top 25 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.  Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools.  


Aims Boasts High Graduation Rate

Aims Community College boasts one of the highest graduation rates among all of Colorado's community colleges.  Data is compiled by the Department of Education via the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid".  Congratulations to Aims students, faculty and staff for achieving success!


Aims Math Instructor Receives Development Award

Aims math instructor, Art Terrazas, has received the National Association for Developmental Education Adjunct Faculty Scholarship Award.  Art will also be co-chairing the 2013 national conference to be held in Denver.


Aims Aviation Takes Flight

Aims Community College aviation students placed second in the regional Intercollegiate Flight Association SAFCON competition, qualifying them for the national competition in May.  This is the first time a team from Aims has qualified for the nationals.


Aims Community College a Model College

Aims Community College has been exemplified as a model college by the Center for Community College Student Engagement, based on the college's Mandatory Completion Chart program related to students who place in college preparatory courses.


Skating Magazine Features Ice Haus

The Greeley Ice Haus and Aims Community College were featured as a model for community collaboration in the October issue of Skating magazine.  The program accesses college students through the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program and brings them to downtown Greeley.





Aims Takes the Lead in Online Learning

Aims Social Sciences Professor Tracey Trenam has been selected by the eLearning Consortium of Colorado as the eLearning Educator for 2008.  The eLearning Consortium is dedicated to the enhancement of educational opportunities through distance learning. 

Jean Otte, Director of Online Learning for Aims, has been elected as co-chair for the eLearning Consortium of Colorado.  Beginning fall semester 2008, Aims students will be able to earn an associate degree completely online.


Governor's Job Cabinet Position Assigned

Aims President Marsi Liddell has been selected by Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the Colorado Jobs Cabinet.  The Jobs Cabinet brings together nearly three dozen businesses, economic-development, education and civic leaders from around the state to meet current and future workforce needs for Colorado companies and industries.




Regional Spirit Award Given to Aims

Aims President Dr. Marsi Liddell recently accepted the Regional Spirit Award 2007 from the Northern Colorado Business Report Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards. The Regional Spirit Award is given to an organization that exemplifies the drive to serve the Northern Colorado region and contributes significantly to local or regional economic development. This is the 10th year for the Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards.  No other institution of higher education has ever received the award.

Aims - A Top 5 Digital Community College

Aims is the only Colorado college to be designated as a Top 5 Digital Community College in 2007 by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges. Ranking is established based on a national Digital Community Colleges Survey, which examines how colleges are deploying technology to streamline operations and better serve students, faculty and staff.

Aims President Appointed to Commission on Higher Education
Marsi Liddell, president of Aims Community College, has been appointed to the American Council on Education's Commission on Women in Higher Education. The commission counsels the ACE on policies affecting women in higher education and advises on issues related to equal opportunity for women in academic leadership.

Aims Professor Elected to National Association
Aims Community College Development Math Professor Jeanine Lewis has been elected as the treasurer for the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) NADE seeks to improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels focusing on students' academic success. The national association includes 2,400 members in 29 chapters representing all 50 states.

Aims Student Selected to All-Colorado Academic Team
Aims Community College student Dion Duran has been selected to represent the college at the Phi Theta Kappa Annual Luncheon to be held on March 14th in Denver. Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Student representatives from two-year schools across the state will be attending as members of the All-Colorado Academic Team.


Aims President Honored with Community Impact Award
Aims President Marsi Liddel was honored with a Community Impact Award from the Masons Occidental Lodge No. 20. She is credited with aligning Aims with the State Guaranteed Transfer Course program, implementation of the Academic Quality Improvement Program and for developing a strategic campus master plan.

Proceeds From Presentation Support Scholarships
Scott Erhlich/Erhlich Family Dealership and Toyota University sponsored Dr. Jerry Jellison for his presentation on "Managing Change." All proceeds from ticket sales were given to Aims Community College for scholarships through the Chamber's Better Schools Better Communities program.

Aims Community College Fire Program Receives International Accreditation
The Aims Community College Fire Science program received international accreditation through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Currently, there are only 16 accredited Fire Science programs through IFSAC around the world. Aims is also the only IFSAC accredited Fire Science program in Colorado.

Aims Students Named All-Colorado Academic Team
Two students representing Aims Community College were named to the All-Colorado Academic Team. Kersey native Wendi Oster and Windsor resident Dawn Weeks, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges, were selected based on exceptional academic records and their role as leaders among peers.

Aims Community College Helps to Address Traffic Fatalities
In 2004, Weld County experienced 92 traffic fatalities (16 from Greeley). In 2005, the numbers decrease to 43 (5 in Greeley). Aims has joined in the education efforts to keep the number of fatalities down. Through a partnership with Greeley-based GRCC Corp., Aims acquired a Patrol Sim III Driving Simulator. The simulator will be used in driver's education, criminal justice, fire science and emergency medical services curriculum.