Aims Community College to build a new home for automotive programs in WindsorSubmitted on: 09-07-2007
Aims Community College today announced plans to relocate its automotive programs to a new facility in Windsor by January 2009. The Aims Board of Trustees approved a proposal to purchase seven acres of land in Windsor that will house cutting-edge facilities designed to train the automotive mechanics of tomorrow. The project will be possible due to an in-kind donation to the college from Windsor-based Water Valley Land Co. The donation will allow the college to secure the parcel, which is at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 34 and County Road 17 just west of the Iron Mountain Complex, for approximately $770,000. “Bringing the Aims automotive program to Iron Mountain will be a great complement to the dynamics that are already in place there,” said Martin Lind, president of Water Valley Land Co. “It’s really exciting, and it’s an honor to be involved in bringing higher education to Windsor.” The Aims automotive programs include collision repair and automotive repair and service. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in Automotive Service and Mechanics are expected to grow faster than average in Northern Colorado through 2012. The average salary for auto mechanics in Greeley is approximately $35,000 and $41,500 for collision repair experts. “We see the opportunity that Martin Lind and the folks at Water Valley are offering the college as a springboard that will allow Aims to bring higher education right into Windsor, something our taxpayers there have been requesting for a long time,” said Aims President Marsi Liddell. “Our Trustees have been incredible stewards of the taxpayers’ money, so along with Mr. Lind’s generosity, we will be able to fund the Windsor expansion with our financial reserves.” Curriculum at the new Aims Automotive Center in Windsor will focus on the emerging technology involved with alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles. Early plans call for one, 25,000-square-foot building and room to expand to meet the community’s needs. When the automotive programs relocate to Windsor, this will create new space for the Aims Fire Sciences and Aviation programs to expand in the Trades and Industry building on the Greeley campus. Pending final approval from the Aims Board of Trustees, the college anticipates breaking ground as early as the summer of 2008, with plans to begin classes in the spring semester 2009.
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