AURORA, CO. –  On Monday, August 29th the Community College of Aurora (CCA) and the Boettcher Foundation publicly announced a new partnership. The Colorado based foundation, has contributed to CCA’s Capital Campaign, pledging seventy thousand dollars towards the college’s new Center for STEM, Power Mechanics, and Applied Technologies. This contribution builds on the early contribution set by Pat Hamill (Chairman and CEO of Oakwood Homes), Bruce Wagner (CEO of Wagner Equipment), and George Eidsness (President of Transwest). This gift furthers the organization’s mission of, “giving back to Colorado and investing in Colorado’s top students.”

CCA’s President Dr. Mordecai Ian Brownlee responded to this act of generosity by saying, “The Boettcher Family and Foundation have a remarkable history of investing in Colorado businesses, systems, and institutions of higher education. This investment into the Community College of Aurora will ensure that the shift we are witnessing in various working sectors, around the state, and within the City of Aurora are addressed.”

The Boettcher family’s roots date back as far as the 1800’s within the Colorado region. Family patriarch Charles Boettcher’s multiple business ventures continue to be reflective of the State of Colorado’s boundless economic opportunities. His legacy continues to live on through the philanthropic work of the Boettcher Foundation.

Curtis Esquibel (Director of Communications & Community Engagement at the Boettcher Foundation) says, “We’re excited about the upcoming groundbreaking at CCA. History has shown that pursuing a  higher education can positively alter one’s life, and that’s why we are thrilled to support a project that we know will have an amazing return on investment for not only students, but for all of Colorado.”

John Wolfkill (Executive Director of the CCA Foundation) said, “Momentum and excitement are continuing to build as we get closer to our September 19th groundbreaking. Contributions such as these from the Boettcher Foundation will change lives.”

The new building will be located on CCA’s CentreTech campus, span 55,000 square feet, and will prepare students for careers in construction, clean energy, power mechanics, applied engineering and other STEM fields.

Dr. Brownlee closed by saying, “This will be one of CCA’s most transformational years, and contributions such as this one will make certain of that.”

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