The Front Range Community College Foundation announced today it has received a $15,000 grant from Xcel Energy to fund scholarships for students in FRCC’s Precision Machining Program.

“We are grateful for the support from important corporate partners such as Xcel Energy,” said Ryan McCoy, interim director of the FRCC Foundation. “This funding will assist students pursuing training for skills in high demand in Colorado’s manufacturing sector.”

FRCC’s Precision Machining Program is housed in its Advanced Technology Center at the Boulder County Campus in Longmont. Students build skills, starting with mechanical lathes and mills and working up to computer-numeric-controlled equipment. The center opened with support from a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that was part of a larger statewide grant to support the Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP).

Xcel Energy’s grant is part of the company’s corporate-giving Education focus area, which supports nonprofit organizations like FRCC.

“Supporting programs like this is a smart investment,” said Joanna Ramirez Barrett, Xcel Energy’s director of corporate giving. “Through our foundation grants, we help to create a vibrant future for the communities in which we live and work. Building a stronger workforce is great way to do just that.”

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About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: math and science education; environmental stewardship; job training, placement and creation, and access to arts and culture. In 2013 Xcel Energy invested $8 million in support of communities across its service territory.

About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

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