City of Arvada Contributes $1 Million Toward Red Rocks Community College Arvada Campus Expansion in Arvada

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October 30, 2015

City of Arvada Contributes $1 Million Toward Red Rocks Community College Arvada Campus Expansion

Lakewood, CO—Arvada’s City Council made their contribution for the Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) Arvada Campus expansion official on Monday, October 19, voting to grant $1 million toward the $22.5 million project.

“We recognize the tremendous social and economic benefits of having this state-of-the-art facility in our community,” stated Mayor Marc Williams.

Red Rocks broke ground on the expansion project in July. The new expansion will triple the size of the existing Arvada location at 5420 Miller Street, and will house all of RRCC’s health professions programs in one place. The project is the largest building campaign in the College’s history and will have a lasting economic impact on the community for generations to come.  

“We are grateful to the City of Arvada for helping us move closer to our goal of producing highly qualified primary care health professionals to meet the growing needs of the city and Jefferson County,” said Dr. Michele Haney, president, Red Rocks Community College.

The Health Sciences programs will expand access to current high-demand degree and certificate programs while adding new programs for expanding needs and transfer opportunities. This effort will transform the Arvada location into a full-service campus that will accelerate the number of graduates in health occupations such as Physician Assistant, Medical Assistant, Nurse Aide, and Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

In addition to supporting full transfer degree programs of Associate of Arts and Associate of Science, the Arvada location offers certificates in health professions and continuing education options. Innovative new programs planned for the Health Sciences at Arvada include Integrated Nursing Pathway and Social Work Transfer Pathway, partnerships with local four-year colleges that will allow underserved students a direct pathway to earn a bachelor’s degree in needed health careers.

According to Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. (EMSI), the economic impact of Red Rocks Community College and its students is huge, amounting to more than $187 million annually. Taxpayers see a rate of return of 7.3 percent on their investment in the college, and for every dollar students invest, they receive a cumulative $2.70 in higher future income over the course of their working careers. In May, Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation awarded RRCC the Genesis Award for Economic Developer of the Year. This award honors an organization that has significantly contributed to sustained economic vitality in Jefferson County through creative leadership, innovation, facilitations, and collaboration both within and outside of Jefferson County. RRCC was nominated by the City of Lakewood and the Arvada Economic Development Association.

About Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.

Friday, October 30, 2015