College & Community Relations

Leed Fabrication Services invests in education and the community with Generous Donation to Aims Community College

Submitted on: 11-15-2013

Leed Fabrication announced on November 11, 2013, that its Board of Directors has voted to make a generous donation to Aims Community College through The Aims Foundation. At a meeting with the new Division III Dean, Dr. Godwin Chungag, the Vice President of Operations, Virgil Simoens relayed the good news that Leed Fabrication had made a donation of $100,000 as a naming opportunity for a new state-of-the-art training facility at Aims Community College. 

The investment will sponsor the Leed Fabrication Welding Lab located on the Aims south campus in Fort Lupton, Colorado, in support of the Aims Welding Program.  The welding lab in Fort Lupton will also be used in conjunction with new Aims Agriculture and Oil and Gas Programs, as offered on this campus.  Aims understands the work force development needs of this dynamic industry and Aims’ Welding Department has a longstanding relationship with Leed.  In fact, Leed Fabrication is one of the strongest employers for our welding graduates.  Their regional offices hire many of Aims’ students as welders and managers. Said Simoens, VP of Operations “We are impressed with the quality and training of the students who come from Aims…we look forward to encouraging more students to train in our industry and realize that there are good jobs right here in our community…many of our best employees come from Aims and we look forward to working with more in the coming years.” Leed CEO Olson related how excited he is about the new welding facilities at the Aims Community College Ft. Lupton campus that offer students state-of-the-art facilities and give them a true sense of how much potential fabrication and welding careers have. He is also impressed with how Aims is teaching students and how Aims is reaching out to District 6 to try and help interested high school students explore the program and alternate careers in the manufacturing industry.

Also in attendance was Dr. Marsi Liddell, President of Aims Community College; Steve Olson, CEO of  Leed Fabrication; Julie Buderus, Director of the Aims Foundation; Jenna Oliver, Chief of College & Community Relations at Aims; and  Paul Hasty, Chair of the Welding Department at Aims Community College. Dr. Marsi Liddell thanked Mr. Olson for Leed Fabrication’s generosity and faith in Aims Community College. Dr. Godwin Chungag looks forward to the opportunity to expand the resources available to his students as a result of this donation.

To find out more about investing in education through The Aims Foundation please contact Julie Buderus, Director of Institutional Advancement, Aims Community College Foundation at or 
(970) 339-6583.

Aims Community College is one of the most progressive two-year colleges in Colorado. Founded in 1967 in Greeley, Aims has since established locations in Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor. Curriculum now includes 4,000 day, evening, weekend and online courses annually in more than 160 degree and certificate programs.

Aims Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Aims Community College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution.

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