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 July 1, 1999

CU, Interlocken finalize educational center deal

BROOMFIELD — As early as January employees at Interlocken business park will be able to tap University of Colorado programs on site.

CU President John Buechner and Jim Long, Interlocken owner’s representative, signed a statement June 21 formalizing what Long called “the terms of a relationship” that promises to benefit business and higher education in the state. The Business Report first reported in May that CU wanted classes at Interlocken.

“This project we think is going to bear great fruit,” Long said.

Under the public-private agreement, CU will provide education for Interlocken employees, and Interlocken, in turn, will house the university rent-free — except for actual operating expenses — for up to two years at its headquarters office, 555 Eldorado Blvd. Thereafter the university will pay market rate for the classroom, meeting and storage space totaling 5,300 square feet.

Interlocken also will renovate the space for classrooms and provide power and telecommunications upgrades.

Buechner said the partnership exemplified the direction higher education is going but emphasized that the Interlocken location would not be a true campus. Up to 500 students a semester eventually may use the facility, which will have an administrative director and operations staff as well as professors from each of CU’s campuses. A “needs-assessment” study will determine what classes and programs to offer; specific certification or degree programs are likely, as well as the coordination of internships for students who want to work for employers in the business park.

To be called CU Interlocken Center, the facility “signifies another step in the progress of the Total Learning Environment initiative,” Buechner said.

The initiative seeks to ensure that the university offers students the knowledge base and skills demanded in the marketplace.

“From the beginning, a key feature of (the initiative) has been its emphasis upon strategic partnerships,” he said. “Our direct partnership with Interlocken will serve as a prototype for how business and higher education can cooperate for the greater good of both.”

Long said the profit to Interlocken is that the center will benefit companies in the business park by the quality of the workforce there.

“As a real estate developer, that’s one of my focuses,” he said.

BROOMFIELD — As early as January employees at Interlocken business park will be able to tap University of Colorado programs on site.

CU President John Buechner and Jim Long, Interlocken owner’s representative, signed a statement June 21 formalizing what Long called “the terms of a relationship” that promises to benefit business and higher education in the state. The Business Report first reported in May that CU wanted classes at Interlocken.

“This project we think is going to bear great fruit,” Long said.

Under the public-private agreement, CU will…

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