In the Beginning
What's in a Name
Dr. Ed Beaty
It's the People
Arty the Aardvark
Making a Difference
Aims in One Word
The idea that Weld County would benefit from a two-year junior college came up in 1965 by Kirby Hart and a District Six citizen’s committee. Within a year and a half, the people voted to create the Aims Junior College District encompassing 12 public school districts. Hart was elected the first board president, and the board quickly hire Dr. Ed Beaty as the institution’s first president.
Aims opened for classes in the fall of 1967 to 949 students at the vacated Lincoln Elementary School. Aims found its permanent home a couple years later in 1969 and in 1977 Aims received full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Over 50 years, Aims Community College opened its doors for everyone to be able to go to college in northern Colorado. With low tuition, scholarships and grants, Aims provides everyone with the opportunity to go to college and have a better career.
Dr. Frank J. Gordon was one of Aims’ original faculty members teaching history and political science from 1967-1970.
Gordon returned to Aims in 1982 to teach and additionally created courses in modern German history and the history of Christianity.
Gordon was well respected among students and an award is presented in his honor every year to a student showing excellence in history and political science.
Art Terrazas first showed up at Aims in 1967 as one of the first students to register
for class during Aims’ inaugural year. Fifty years later and he is still part of the
After his years as a student, Terrazas earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Colorado and then came back to teach students at the school that inspired him to keep on learning.
Terrazas has taught adult education, English as a second language, citizenship, GED, ethnic studies and math, while impacting the lives of hundreds of students.
Officially retiring in 2006, Terrazas, just cannot stay away and to this day works as an adjunct faculty member.
Dorothy Stewart was personally asked by Ed Beaty to apply for one of the first faculty positions at Aims. Although hesitant at first, Stewart turned the opportunity into a 28-year career which saw her help create the foundation of multiple programs.
Stewart calls Aims a “school of second chances,” and credits the college for turning around her professional career. Today, an annual award is given to an Aims student in composition in her honor.
On January 24, 2017, in honor of the anniversary of Aims Community College, the cities of Greeley, Loveland, Windsor and Fort Lupton and the counties of Weld and Larimer as well as the Governor of Colorado will proclaim the day as Aims Community College Day.
Read the proclamations below:
The Aardvark came to Aims in 1967. His journey to Aims is one that has been debated, but Ed Beaty was known to be fond of the animal and students voted the aardvark the official mascot and later named him, Arty.
Arty was replaced by a Saint Bernard a couple of years later, but made a triumphant return in the mid 80’s, quickly becoming a favorite among students and faculty as he led the fictitious football team to victory.
Arty once again went on “sabbatical” at the turn of the century, but has returned once again with a fresh look and new energy. You can spot Arty today at many Aims on and off campus events.