BY DORIS H. TRUHLAR
Representatives of the University of Colorado South Denver (UCSD), located in Lone Tree, made a pitch to the Centennial City Council Monday night, promising that “we are here for you and your constituents.”
Speaking to the council were Luella Chavez D’Angelo, CU vice chancellor for enterprise development, and Joann Brennan, CU associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of photography.
They told the council that CUSD has a mission to “become the best-known career advancement center” in the country … the innovative collaborator of choice for transformative and applied learning experiences in the mountain and Midwest states with an emphasis on testing new educational delivery modes with industry.”
Brennan said CUSD has a “spectacular nursing program,” with a lab that simulates what really happens in an actual medical setting.
One of the goals of CUSD is to become self-supporting. At present, CUSD is subsidized by various grants and by the CU system. One of the advantages of their programs is that they are “flexible entry and flexible exit,” so that students – usually at the graduate level – can enter and exit on their own schedules, to accommodate their busy lives.
One of the features of CUSD is their offerings of “power skills” that are “needed for jobs” in today’s work markets, they said. They are also building “noncredit workshops and programs” that do not require admission to CU. Programs are offered in such areas as engineering and pharmacy skills, with an emphasis on assisting students in learning about those topics.
The Lone Tree Facility, just south of Centennial at 10035 S. Peoria Street, is huge, 150,000 square feet, they said. About two-thirds of the space already has been renovated, but not the Globeology Museum, an important feature of CUSD. This museum is interesting and draws people who don’t want to go all the way to downtown Denver to visit a museum, they said.
They believe their facility attracts many people in the South Denver area. The presenters said they can “build custom programs for City of Centennial Teams.”
Centennial and its businesses should “have our students intern for you” and “use our facility.” They offered to make themselves available to be introduced to “new and current businesses” in the city.
“Our cash cow is not educational programs,” but innovative programs to help people work and play in today’s world, they said. CUSD has 700 to 800 individuals enrolled, not including those taking non-credit programs.
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