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FRCC program helps train the next generation of workers for local companies.

Industrial construction company Tanco Engineering,  Inc. is donating $20,000 to Front Range Community College Foundation for scholarships that will go to students in the college’s welding program. The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative will match Tanco’s gift for an additional $20,000.

Students receiving these scholarships were recently notified of their awards, which range from $1,500 to $2,500 per student. Awardees must be seeking a certificate and/or degree in welding—and they must demonstrate financial need in their scholarship application. The scholarships will go to approximately 20 deserving FRCC students.

Tanco Engineering President Craig Greenslit says getting the next generation of welding talent in place is one of the big challenge’s companies like his face. “There’s a tremendous demand for the expertise of those in skilled trades. Due to a current shortage, the potential wages a welder can earn are ever increasing and very competitive with many other professions of today,” he said. “I believe skilled trades are a critical component of our future economy.”

He says Tanco feels a responsibility to help train that next round of talent. “This investment in FRCC students will help us attract candidates every year who can join our workforce.  When we have people come on board who are well-trained–who succeed with us and stay with the company—that’s a big win for everyone.”

“COSI aims to provide students better access to college—and to support their success once they get to campus,” said Director Shelley Banker. “Matching this investment from Tanco is a way to leverage our dollars—making state funding go further—to help bring education within reach for a significant number of students.”

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, Brighton, and online. FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System.

About the Colorado Community College System The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) is the state’s largest system of higher education, serving 138,000 students annually at 13 colleges and 39 locations across Colorado. Our open access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to quality higher education opportunities.

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