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CSU system to expand into Denver

The Colorado State University system will expand into the South Metro Denver area by opening a branch campus in January.

The CSU-South Metro will cater to students and the business community.

“This is something being driven by business leaders in the South Metro region. We’re honored that they approached the CSU System as their first choice for a higher education partner,” said CSU system Chancellor Mike Martin.

The CSU system includes CSU-Pueblo, CSU-Fort Collins and CSU Global.

John Brackney, executive director of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, said business leaders have been advocating for the presence of a four-year public higher education institution in the area for years.

“The CSU-South Metro Denver presence is one of the last essential elements for us to prosper economically in this global environment,” Brackney said in a written statement.

The first classes are scheduled to begin in January and will include a master’s degree systems engineering program from CSU-Fort Collins.

The course offerings are expected to expand for the fall 2014 semester to include undergraduate classes in business and nursing.

Resources and faculty from the three system institutions, including CSU-Pueblo, will be used to launch the new venture.

Classes will be taught by both in-person instructors and online.

Initially, classes will be taught at corporate training centers and/or in classroom space provided by other partnering institutions.

Eventually, the system plans to build a new facility in the region.

CSU officials also plan to coordinate with Denver-area community colleges to give those students an easier avenue for completing a four-year degree.

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