College & Community Relations

Snap-on Tools makes donation to Aims Automotive Technology Center at Windsor

Submitted on: 03-03-2009

Snap-on Tools has made a significant donation to Aims Community College for its new Automotive Technology Center scheduled to open in spring 2010 in Windsor. The donation will secure the naming rights for the 20,000-square-foot Snap-on Tools Automotive Lab, which will be equipped with the latest cutting-edge diagnostic and automotive technology. In addition to providing Aims automotive students with access to the top-of-the-line equipment, the location will also serve as a Certified Training location for Snap-on Tools diagnostic and shop equipment. Aims will be one of only 100 locations in the country where students can train to become certified in the Snap-on technology. "We're selecting only the finest schools across the country to become a Snap-on Transportation Center of Excellence," said Frederick Brookhouse, business education partnership manager for the Wisconsin-based company. "We expect this partnership to be one that is featured across the country as a model of how business and education can work together." Aims Community College will also offer Snap-on diagnostic certification training to current automotive technicians in the Northern Colorado area. "We are very happy to have Snap-on Tools recognize our outstanding automotive programs at Aims," said Aims Dean Dan Doherty. "We have been planning for the new facility to be groundbreaking in its design and curricula. Having the most advanced technology in diagnostic testing through Snap-on will further our efforts to establish Aims and Northern Colorado as a national leader in automotive technology." The Aims Automotive Center at Windsor will be located at U.S. Highway 34 and County Road 17, west of the Iron Mountain Autoplex. Plans call for 45,000 total square feet designed to meet Leed Certified construction practices. Features include the 20,000-square-foot Snap-On Automotive Lab along with automotive service, collision and welding bays, computer and science labs, classrooms, office and conference room space. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for automotive technicians in Colorado is more than $37,000. In Northern Colorado, openings in the profession are expected to grow faster than average. Snap-on Incorporated is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources. Products and services are sold through the company's franchisee, company-direct, distributor and Internet channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.9 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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