College & Community Relations

$2 million grant will bring new opportunities in Oil and Gas training to Aims Community College

Submitted on: 01-03-2012

Aims Community College will use a $2 million Department of Labor grant to further develop the college’s Applied Environmental Technology department.  AET at Aims includes programs in Construction Management, Computer Aided Drafting, Industrial Technology/High Technology Manufacturing and Energy/Oil & Gas. The grant will primarily support growth in the Energy/Oil & Gas program. Nearly half the grant funding for Aims will be used to purchase equipment, including a mobile education station that can be moved to various Weld County businesses, drilling sites, schools or other locations for on-site training. 

The grant is part of the Colorado Online Energy Training Consortium, which awarded a total of $17.3 million to all 15 community colleges in the state. Funding for the COETC is part of the first round of grants the Department of Labor is awarding through the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance initiative.

At Aims, the grant will help to establish an Associate of Applied Science degree in Energy/Oil & Gas, adding to the existing AAS degree that is available in Industrial Technology. Additionally, the college will offer short-term certificate programs that can build students’ skills quickly to meet industry needs.

“Weld County is one of the most promising and fastest growing regions in the country for new energy and natural resource production,” said Lee McMains, AET instructor at Aims. “To be able to provide career skills and training to our local residents and for our regional businesses is a tremendous boon to the future of the industry itself and to the local economy.”

Students can begin earning credits this spring semester, which begins Jan. 17. 

The grant also provides funding for developmental education in areas such as math and reading that will help interested students quickly bring their skills up to college level. Aims will work with Weld County Employment Services to identify un-or under-employed residents who are eligible and interested in the burgeoning industry surrounding oil and gas reserves in the region.

For more information about the grant initiatives or the AET programs at Aims, contact Instructor Lee McMains at (970) 339-6257 or or Professor John Mangin at (970) 339-6413 or

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