Aims to add agriculture, oil and gas degrees
Aims has already begun enrolling students in the three, two-year programs for the fall semester, said Bob Kjelland, the college's director of external relations.
The new associate-degree offerings are part of an $8.5 million expansion in Fort Lupton. The college plans to build a 40,000-square-foot building for the programs that is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.
The college will fund the expansion from its capital budget.
"This is definitely a major investment," Kjelland said. "I think it speaks well to the belief that the gas and oil industry is going to continue to flourish in Northern Colorado for years to come."
"It provides an opportunity for good, well-paying jobs that come right from that community where we're operating," Hock said.
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