College & Community Relations

Aims partners with RE-8 to bring new educational opportunities to Fort Lupton

Submitted on: 06-09-2007

Aims Community College and the RE-8 School District are partnering to bring new educational opportunities to the community by combining resources at the college and Fort Lupton High School. An agreement signed by the school district’s Board of Trustees on June 27 calls for the district to purchase 540 credits from Aims this fall for students to enroll in Career and Technical Education programs offered through Aims. High school students will be able to take college-level courses in Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Certified Nurse Aide, Horticulture/Landscape and possibly in Welding. The agreement to allow the school district to pay students’ tuition began through an initiative put forward by the Department of Labor and the Department of Education in the Strategic Partnership for a Competitive Workplace. “By sharing our resources, we’ll be more able to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of the students,” said Brenda Rask, the Associate Dean for Career and Technical Education at Aims. “This initiative shows that both Aims and RE-8 are being proactive to keep students interested in school and graduating with skills for the workforce or to go on to college.” The Automotive Technology, Carpentry and Certified Nurse Aide courses will be taught at Aims facilities, while the Horticulture/Landscape program will make use of the high school’s greenhouse, complementing the existing agriculture program there. The schools are studying the feasibility of adding a Welding program at the high school, as well. “Anytime you can partner and join forces and the outcome is greater than what you can do alone, that is extremely significant,” said RE-8 Superintendent Mark Payler. “We at the school district are excited about this opportunity to work with Aims and potentially to expand this into new areas.” The two entities hope to continue to expand the opportunities for high school students to earn college level credits before graduation. The opportunity to earn college credit in these programs is also open to adult learners. Provided there is demand for the courses, Aims is planning to offer afternoon, evening, and weekend courses at the high school facilities. For more information contact the Aims Community College Fort Lupton campus at (303) 857-4022 or RE-8 School District at (303) 857-3200.

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