College & Community Relations

Aims to bring Auto Tech program to Loveland Campus

Submitted on: 10-27-2005

An $818,639 grant from the Department of Labor will allow Aims to expand its Automotive Technology program to the Loveland Campus starting in Fall 2006. Aims was successful in receiving the grant partly because the submission outlined how an Automotive Technology program in Loveland would fill a need in a high-growth/high-demand industry. “Working with local folks in the auto industry, we found that there aren’t a lot of new technicians entering the market,” said Aims Associate Dean Don Abbott. “The local folks are saying that they’re having trouble filling technician spots, and they earn a nice wage.” Aims will partner with regional interests including the Larimer County Workforce Center, Ferguson High School, the Weld/Larimer High School Diploma Program in addition to local industry members Advantage Automotive, Stan’s Auto Service, Heritage Ford-Lincoln Mercury and Snap-on Tools. Additionally, the owners of the space in the building Aims currently leases at Fourth Street and Railroad in downtown Loveland have agreed to renovate a 12,000-square-foot space in the same building for the project. An associate of applied science degree will be offered along with several certificates approved by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. The associate degree is a 73-credit program, including 18 general credit courses. Aims will also be working with the local school district to bring the Automotive Youth Educational System or AYES program to local high school students. Aims is one of 70 community colleges across the country to be awarded the President’s Community-Based Job Training Grants this month. First introduced by President Bush in his 2004 State of the Union Address, Community-Based Job Training Grants support workforce training for high growth industries through the nation’s community and technical colleges.

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