1986-2011: The "Old" Campus
This time may be commonly referred to as the “Old Campus" era, but could more precisely be called the Carson/Stanley Building era. The Carson-Pirie-Scott building was a 54,000-square-foot building located at the corner of Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard on Stolp Island in downtown Aurora.
The first phase of the project was remodeling the building from a department store to suitable classroom and office space. When this building opened as the Aurora Campus in 1986, it boasted 2,424 total students. By 1990, this number had already increased by 62 percent to 3,933. Principal programs located here included the CAD Program, Interpreter Training Program, Adult Basic Education/GED/English as a Second Language Program and the KDK Office Skills Program. The ABE/GED/ESL and Literacy Program experienced very rapid growth, nearly doubling their credit hours from 1986 to 1990. Also noteworthy, the number of credit course students identifying Latino heritage nearly doubled from 1986 to 1990.
The second phase added the adjacent Stanley Building, formerly an office building, in 1988. This increase in space (nearly 35,000 square feet) allowed for a branch of the college bookstore and two TIC System classrooms, as well as new offices for the Business and Industry Institute and additional general classrooms.
These buildings were in service until May 26, 2011, when the campus officially switched to the current building across the river.