By Sally Boelens
Trying to find public higher education in the early 1960s was a troubling task. Despite the number of private colleges located near the core of Denver, there was practically no affordable option for residents who could not afford to leave home or needed to balance school with work while supporting families. This lack of educational opportunity became a growing concern of Colorado’s legislature at the end of the 1950s. The existing institutions’ inability to accommodate part-time students, combined with an increase in the prospective student population as a result of the baby booms, made it evident that Colorado residents and businesses alike could truly benefit from additional higher educational institutions.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
University of Colorado at Denver
Community College of Denver
The Community College of Denver opened its doors in 1968. Prior to the Auraria campus, CCD was holding classes in two locations. One at 62nd and Downing, and another more centralized location in a former Kumpf Lincoln-Mercury Motor Showroom off of 11th and Acoma Street. Like Metro State College and the University of Colorado at Denver, they too were quickly outgrowing their space.
The CU Denver 4244/5244 - History Museums, Exhibits and Education class took on the task of digitally telling Auraria's history. CU Denver Professor:
for the Museum Studies Class.