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:
- Acquisition of equipment for ACC’s new Advanced Robotics and Automation Lab scheduled to open in the fall of 2023 ($1,249,790)
- Construction of a Mobile Health and Medical Skills Lab and Classroom scheduled to open in summer or fall of 2023 ($607,850)
- Expansion of internships, scholarships and student support for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and those with Traumatic Brain Injury in Douglas County through ACC’s Elevate and RISE programs beginning in the fall of 2023 ($350,000)
“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:
- Ensure legacy benefit
- Respond to immediate needs, then forward-looking
- Integrate with Board Core Priorities
- Avoid duplication with other sources
- Leverage partnership opportunities
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.