College & Community Relations

Students get set to 'Mine for Healthy Careers' at Aims

Submitted on: 08-31-2006

Aims Community College students will be “Mining for Healthy Careers” on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. just northeast of the College Center, as part of a groundbreaking celebration for the college’s new Allied Health and Sciences building on the Greeley campus. All Aims students are invited to “dig” for silver at the groundbreaking, where unearthing one of 40 Colorado quarters mixed in with $35 in buried coins will ensure a special prize. “Everyone is invited to come witness the excitement and learn more about this next step in Aims’ continuing commitment to provide advanced learning opportunities to the community,” said Susan Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Aims Foundation. This $18 million building will open in the fall of 2007, housing numerous academic programs designed to lead students into prosperous careers in nursing, surgical technology, radiological technology, emergency medical services, medical assisting, and natural sciences including chemistry, biology, physics, anatomy, and physiology. The 65,000-square-foot structure will include state-of-the-art technology, laboratories, classrooms, offices and common areas. The building design includes cutting-edge laboratories that simulate real-life working environments, such as an emergency room, the back of an ambulance and a typical home, where first responders often find themselves assisting patients. “Our Allied Health and Sciences programs will increase our classroom capacity by 30 percent,” President Marsi Liddell said. “This new construction will provide an appropriate venue for our emergent health professionals, the majority of whom – nearly 80 percent – stay right here in Northern Colorado.” Nearly $1.5 million has been raised for the construction so far. The building will be funded through certificates of participation and philanthropic donations. There are still numerous naming opportunities available to community members. A $1 million donation from the Monfort Family Foundation has been pledged as a matching donation, which will provide for technological enhancements, including digital X-ray equipment in the Radiology department, simulated patients for the Nursing and EMS programs, and video equipment installed throughout the laboratories to provide students with immediate debriefing opportunities after running skills tests. "We're very excited about Aims bringing this endeavor to Greeley,” said Dick Monfort, spokesman for the Monfort Family Foundation. “Healthcare jobs pay a good wage, and healthcare professionals are so critical to our growing community.” For more information, contact the Aims Foundation at 339-6556.

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