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Commissioners dedicate $2.2 Million in ARPA Funds to Arapahoe Community College to enrich talent pipeline for primary employers in Douglas County

Partnership to accelerate meaningful education and training opportunities in Douglas County enhanced by state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, programming, and more.

Posted on November 8, 2022 2022Breaking NewsEconomic Foundations


Pictured: ACC students collaborate to program, configure and troubleshoot process control systems in the Robotics and Automation lab in October 2022.

Economic Development in Douglas County today received a $2.2 million shot in the arm as the Board of Douglas County Commissioners invested a portion of the County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds for the Arapahoe Community College (ACC) talent development training, programming and services expansion at the Douglas County School District’s Legacy Innovation Campus in Lone Tree.

Through the one-time ARPA funding, Douglas County will partner with ACC in support of:

“Imagine the opportunity to receive your degree in Robotics and Automation Technology or to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, or an Emergency Medical Technician. Then what if these opportunities were to be offered right here in Douglas County,” said Abe Laydon, County Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Douglas County Commissioners. “This partnership with ACC is a great boost for our residents seeking to upskill and enhance their careers, and the promise of a well-trained workforce close to home for our primary employers,” he continued. “We are pleased to partner with Arapahoe Community College on this legacy investment,” Laydon said.

“ACC is very grateful to Douglas County’s Board of County Commissioners for this strategic investment in equipment, facilities and programming,” said Dr. Eric Dunker, ACC Vice President for Workforce & Economic Development. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with industry partners to provide innovative and responsive educational opportunities for our students as we expand our presence in Douglas County.”

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners established the following ARPA Funding Investment Principles that informed their funding decisions:

Additional partners who contributed to this outcome also include the State of Colorado, Colorado Department of Higher Education, and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.

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