FORT LUPTON — Fall enrollment was up 28 percent at the Fort Lupton campus of Aims Community College compared to the fall of 2012, according to officials with the college.
“We just finished up another successful semester,” student support specialist Twila Cullum said. “I think it was a lot of factors: tuition, new programs with agriculture, oil and gas. I think enrollment is up because of all the things we’ve done including the new building.
It has been a busy year for the college, which opened the new 27,500-square-foot classroom, the Platte Building, to house state-of-the-art labs for courses specializing in fields such as agriculture, welding and mineral exploration.
Tuition has also stayed flat at Aims the last two school years, which is in sharp contrast to many other Colorado colleges that have been forced to raise tuition to make up for shortfalls from the state.
“Because we are seeing improvements in the economy, particularly regionally, but also statewide, Aims is able to hold tuition rates flat and mitigate fees that have paid for what they were intended,” said Aims President Marsi Liddell. “We are very fortunate that our Board of Trustees has the wherewithal to ensure that student success is our driving force.”
The school is still enrolling for the spring semester, but Cullum was optimistic that the trends would continue.
“Enrollment looks really good for spring, and we’re really excited,” Cullum said speaking at the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 11. “If you know anybody in ag. or oil and gas, send them our way because we do need to keep building those programs, we just need a few more students.”