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Students and career professionals in Castle Rock will soon have additional, local access to higher education and workforce training. This is thanks to a new collaboration campus in the works for Castle Rock. The new campus officially broke ground Monday.The 14-acre site is now under construction in The Meadows, near Castle Rock Adventist Hospital. The two-phase project will consist of two buildings of up to 54,000 square feet. The $40 million campus is expected to open in fall 2019.The joint project among the Town, Douglas County Schools, Arapahoe Community College, Castle Rock Economic Development and Colorado State University will help connect educational resources at one location and create a smooth path for those looking to complete a high school diploma, associate or bachelor’s degree locally.“With this partnership between Douglas County School District, Arapahoe Community College and Colorado State University, this campus will offer a world-class education,” said Castle Rock Mayor Jennifer Green. “It is close to home for students, allows them to remain active members in the workforce while achieving college credit, and ultimately, allows those credits to fully transfer to CSU so they may receive their degree.”Initial educational offerings are planned to be in the areas of businesses and entrepreneurship, health care, information technology/programming, general education and workforce training. Colorado State University will also lease space at the campus. CSU faculty and students will be able to perform research, get internship opportunities, and complete hands-on project work at the new campus.“ACC is very excited to expand our presence in Castle Rock to serve the community through this very unique educational partnership,” said Dr. Diana Doyle, President of ACC. “The ACC Castle Rock Collaboration Campus will be a dynamic model for progressive educational delivery at all levels.”While this is not a Town project, to help this exciting endeavor move forward, Town Council agreed to make an in-kind investment of $3 million over three to five years. The in-kind investment includes reimbursement of permit and fees for campus buildings and some site improvements such as utilities, grading and parking.Learn more about the collaborative campus at CRgov.com/campus.Get Town news straight to your inbox. Sign up online at CRgov.com/notifyme, or follow the Town on Facebook (facebook.com/CRgov), Twitter (@CRgov) and LinkedIn (search Town of Castle Rock).