University of Phoenix to open downtown location

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The University of Phoenix is opening offices in downtown Colorado Springs.

The private, for-profit university opened its new location in the Springs to increase educational opportunities and be accessible to workers downtown, according to a release from the University.

“Downtown is really the center of the business community,” said David Smythe, campus college chair for business. “And it makes sense for the college to be located in the center of the business community.”

He said there will likely be 30 people working at the new location across from Phantom Canyon Brewery at 2 North Cascade Avenue.

“It’s great,” he said. “We’re going to be within walking distance of a lot of good lunch options.”

The University of Phoenix has had locations in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years and is moving from its South Circle location into this much larger space downtown, Smythe said.

The new downtown facility is high-tech and includes a laptop bar, connected classrooms, an on-demand tutoring bar and many other cutting-edge resources for students. Students will come in person to take classes in the five rooms at this satellite campus and to seek extra help from faculty. The city’s main campus, with 15 classrooms, is located in Rockrimmon.

The university is holding an open house and ribbon cutting tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at its new location. Jan Martin, city council member, will be the keynote speaker.