Leed Fabrication Welding Lab coming to Aims

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Company donates $100,000 to Fort Lupton campus

By Ben Wiebesiek

FORT LUPTON — Brighton firm Leed Fabrication announced Nov. 11 a $100,000 donation through the Aim Foundation to sponsor a new welding lab at the Fort Lupton campus of the community college.


The new Leed Fabrication Welding Lab is part of the community college’s expansion in the city with a 27,500-square-foot Platte Building, which opened this fall.

Julie Buderus, director of institutional advancement for the Aims Community College Foundation, said the donation is considered to be sponsorship support.

“But it is a charitable donation,” Buderus said. “We have an ongoing relationship with Leed Fabrication. Many of our Aims students find that Leed is an incredible employer. So it’s an established partnership from that end.”

When Buderus contacted Leed to see if the company would be interested in making a contribution for sponsorship support, she said representatives for Leed were enthusiastic about the idea.

“They said ‘we believe in what Aims provides to our industry,’ and they were happy to give back,” Buderus said.

Virgil Simoens, vice president of operations for Leed, said many of the company’s best employees come from the community college.

“We are impressed with the quality and training of the students who come from Aims,” Simoens said. “We look forward to encouraging more students to train in our industry and realize that there are good jobs right here in our community.”

The welding lab in Fort Lupton will also be used in conjunction with Aims new agriculture and oil and gas programs as offered on this campus, and Buderus said the new welding lab supports both programs.

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.

“We do have other rooms in our remodeled and brand new buildings in both the Greeley and the Fort Lupton campus, which have had naming opportunities that have been made available and confirmed as well,” Buderus said. “So the template itself is not brand new, but this is the largest gift that we have received for the Fort Lupton campus.”

Buderus said the state-of-the-art lab will teach students the latest technical skills for welding.

“I think it’s always good for individuals as well as businesses to know that additional sponsorships as well as scholarship opportunities are available,” Buderus said. “The Aims Community College Foundation is a non-profit entity. We are an entity here for the exclusive purpose of supporting the college.”

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 julie.buderus@aims.edu or 970-339-6583.


Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.