College & Community Relations

El Pomar Foundation donates $100,000 to Aims

Submitted on: 10-19-2007

Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation has donated $100,000 to Aims Community College’s Building for Tomorrow Today campaign. The funds will go toward equipping the college’s new Allied Health and Sciences building with the latest technology available for students. “From its inception, El Pomar has made supporting education at all levels throughout the state of Colorado an important objective,” said William J. Hybl, Chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation. “The Trustees believe a new building dedicated to health and science education will provide a lasting benefit to the community, and we are pleased to provide this grant to help fund the project.” The 68,000 square-foot building on the Greeley campus includes state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, offices and common areas. The building is home to the college’s Nursing, Certified Nurse Aide, Surgical Technology, Radiological Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Medical Assisting, and Natural Sciences including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology programs. The El Pomar donation will also establish the El Pomar Anatomy, Biology & Physiology Instructional Suite, which is equipped with the latest in smart-classroom technology. "For many years, the El Pomar Foundation has been instrumental in the sustainability of exceptional programs throughout Colorado. Their endorsement illustrates a strong vote of confidence in the quality of Aims’ Allied Health programs," said Julie Buderus Director of Institutional Advancement for Aims. "We are fortunate to receive such a generous gift. Their support will significantly enrich the lives of our students and the northern Colorado healthcare communities our students serve.” This is the second largest grant that El Pomar has made to a community college in Colorado and marks the largest capital grant the Foundation has provided to a community college outside of the Colorado Springs area. Based in Colorado Springs, the El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West, with assets totaling $550 million. El Pomar contributes $25 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship Programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and culture, and civic and community initiatives. Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937. Aims Community College is one of the most progressive two-year colleges in Colorado. Founded in 1967 in Greeley, Aims has since established additional campuses in Fort Lupton and Loveland. Curriculum now includes 6,000 day, evening, weekend and online courses annually.

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