The auto repair lab at Thornton, CO’s, Bollman Technical Center, with numerous bays and lifts and brand-new sets of tools, is the envy of professional shops, according to the school’s students.
“It really allows me to get the experience I need as a student, as if I were working in an actual shop,” said diesel repair student Noelle Forcher. “I am working in an actual shop.”
Bollman and Adams County District 12’s entire career tech program is in the middle of a two-year renovation program, so school and district officials decided to open the building’s doors on Oct. 24. The school hosted an open house to showcase the school’s programs and show where the renovations are so far.
“This was the date we had scheduled for our advisory committee meetings for all of our programs,” said Principal Janet Renden. “That brings in business and industry representatives with parents, students. We figured that since the advisory members would be here anyway, we’d just do an open house.”
The district began work in July on Future Forward at Washington Square, a brand-new career and technical program campus for Adams 12 students at 126th Avenue and Washington Street. The new facility is on track to be finished in the fall of 2020.
It will supplement programs being offered at Bollman, at 90th and Washington, and Renden said she hopes it will let them expand the number of students they can teach.
“This year we accepted 1,350 students and that was a record us,” Renden said. “That’s just for this campus. But even with that, we had to turn away 400 students we just couldn’t accommodate.”
Renovations at Bollman began this summer, creating a student common area and maximizing the space for the automotive program. That program already offers classes along two tracks, automotive technology and diesel.
“We should be able to serve about 900 students in the building,” she said.
The Washington Square work is set to coincide with renovations at the district’s Bollman campus.