What is Transforming Lowry, Transforming Lives?
To assure the future of the Community College of Aurora’s Lowry Campus, the CCA Foundation has launched a $5 million capital campaign – Transforming Lowry, Transforming Lives – to continue the conversion of this unique and historic site into a college for the future.
Home to nearly half of CCA’s student enrollment, classes and labs at Lowry are now held in Air Force buildings that were designed a half a century ago. To this day, the campus retains the look and feel of a military installation, rather than an institution of higher education.
With private support, an attractive setting will be created to lift the community and foster student engagement. No longer will our students have to learn in spaces that are divisive, designed to separate and isolate occupants, rather than to bring them together.
For nearly 20 years, the Community College of Aurora has been a partner in the remarkable redevelopment of the former Lowry Air Force Base on the Denver/Aurora border. The Campus is now an asset and a resource for the entire community.
CCA’s student enrollment has increased 40 percent in the last four years. There is increased demand for accessible and affordable higher education in the community, and for most colleges, space limitations are a major barrier to growth. Yet CCA has ample space to grow at Lowry, and the potential is enormous.
Thoughtful and sensitive redevelopment of the Lowry Campus is CCA’s vision, responsibility, and privilege. Our community has entrusted us with a rare asset: undeveloped land in the midst of a densely populated and high-need urban area. With this trust comes a mandate: to ensure that people have access to the education they need to succeed in the workplace and live engaged and self-sufficient lives.
How will the Lowry Campus change?
Historic Air Force buildings will be transformed into a college for the 21st century. Students and faculty will utilize new classroom space, courtyards, an amphitheater, a bookstore, and inviting entrance plazas. Quadrangles will be remodeled. Pedestrian access and ADA accessibility will be improved. Sidewalks, parking lots, and lighting will be enhanced, and helpful signage will guide students and visitors alike to their destinations. People throughout the community will be inspired to drop by to experience our academic and cultural offerings.
Have you already gotten started?
Following a successful $1.4 million fund-raising effort led by the CCA Foundation board of directors, the West Quad building at Lowry was dedicated in the fall of 2011. The building’s new student services suite, state-of-the-art science labs, inviting entryway, and gathering areas have earned accolades from students, faculty, and members of the community.
Additionally, a significant gift from a private donor in the spring of 2012 enabled the College to further invest in Lowry with the opening of the Donna Moravec Gallery. This space serves as a connector to the community and provides hands-on opportunities in grant writing and gallery management for CCA students.
How will students benefit?
A renovated campus at Lowry will encourage a sense of community and increase student engagement, build alumni and student loyalty, and create new community gathering spaces.
Students will benefit because a community college degree typically increases earning potential by 25 percent or more – up to 100 percent more in high-demand fields. CCA is already the leading provider of open access, post-secondary education in the eastern metro, with a history of success in giving students the training they need to build stable, self-sufficient lives.
Who is leading this effort?
The CCA Foundation and the College are collaborating with community partners to implement a series of phased upgrades at Lowry based on emerging needs and available funding. Immediate plans include renovations to existing buildings. In the future, undeveloped space on campus can accommodate new construction to help meet the needs of tomorrow. The Lowry Campus creates opportunities for investment in education and community revitalization that are unprecedented and unique.
The CCA Foundation board
comprises business leaders, civic leaders, and community residents who work to keep CCA a vital and thriving educational institution. These individuals volunteer on behalf of the Transforming Lowry, Transforming Lives
campaign because they believe in the future of the college and in the future of this fast-growing eastern metro region.
How can I get involved?
It’s easy to support the campaign. You may make a one-time gift, or, if you prefer, you may make your pledge payable over five years. Gifts may be made by cash, check, or credit card. Planned gifts and bequests may also be considered.
We also have volunteer opportunities for you! The CCA Foundation has created a series of Giving Communities whose members develop and carry out ideas for raising funds for Lowry. The Giving Communities reach out to important partners of the College and the Foundation, and these include regional businesses, membership organizations, college alumni, K-12 schools, and more.
Your time and talents will be put to good use when you volunteer for a CCA Foundation Giving Community, and the success of your efforts will benefit generations of students and members of the community