CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (Jan. 21, 2020) – Sturm Collaboration Campus hosted a panel discussion and facility tour with education, industry, government and community leaders on Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, to showcase Arapahoe Community College’s dynamic work-based learning programs and postsecondary certificates connecting industry and education.

Apprenticeships in the fields of healthcare, manufacturing and automotive service technology were highlighted, and several current and former ACC students were on hand to speak about their career-focused educational experience.

Attendees included U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education for Career, Technical and Adult Education Scott Stump, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Joe Barela, ACC President Dr. Diana M. Doyle, Castle Rock Economic Development Council President/CEO Frank Gray, Castle Rock Chamber President/CEO Pam Ridler, and a host of statewide, regional and national officials and executives.

For Assistant Secretary Stump, the visit to the Sturm Collaboration Campus was one of several along his tour of similar schools across the country that are implementing innovative and unique models for educational delivery.

Castle Rock Chamber's Talent Pipeline Douglas County (TPDC):



The Castle Rock Chamber's Talent Pipeline Douglas County is a program designed to erase the boundaries between schools and businesses. TPDC aims to drive awareness and increase workforce oriented curriculum through work based learning opportunities.  This partnership is between the Chamber, Sturm Collaboration Campus (ACC/CSU/DCSD), employers and business leaders.  Together we are addressing the skills gap between training and abilities needed in the workplace.  Our focus is to be demand-driven, addressing the most critical workforce needs.

Employers wishing to learn more or to get involved, please contact Pam Ridler, Castle Rock Chamber President/CEO by email: Pam@castlerock.org or call 303-688-4597.