A Colorado community college moved closer to launching a new machining program as state officials approved the institution’s plan to sign a five-year lease on a machining facility.
The lease will provide Front Range Community College (FRCC) in Boulder County a 11,230-sq-ft facility to house machine tools, two classrooms, shop space, storage space, and college administrative and reception areas.
The U.S. Department of Labor awarded $25 million to nine Colorado colleges as part of a broader series of grants designed to promote advanced manufacturing education in the state. FRCC is slated to receive $10 million of that grant money and use $4 million to kickstart the machining program.
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The new program will replace a smaller machining program in the college’s Career Development Center, which was founded to meet growing demand for machinists in the Boulder County area. FRCC has expressed belief that demand for machinists will grow as the current workforce of machinists hit retirement age.
The college plans to have its new facility up and running early next year.