Trapper Mining donates $200,000 to CNCC campus |

Trapper Mining donates $200,000 to CNCC campus

Trapper Mining makes it a mission to support the community, and partnering with other organizations that show the same drive is an easy call, said Ray DuBois, Trapper president and general manager.

Thus, Trapper recently donated $200,000 to Colorado Northwestern Community College for the Career and Technical Education Center it plans to build by spring 2010 at the new campus on Craig’s west side.

In the past, the mine also has donated construction and labor to help build sports fields at Loudy-Simpson Park, as well as donated the Trapper Fitness Club to CNCC a few years ago.

“Trapper believes in investing in the community, and we see this college expansion as adding to the value of the Yampa Valley,” DuBois said.

“We have complete confidence in the administration of the college. They’ve shown great insight into what is needed in the community, as well as helping business in the community.”

The campus expansion project is part and parcel of CNCC’s demonstrated vision, DuBois said.

The Career and Technical Center will house several of the college’s vocational programs, such as massage therapy, cosmetology, mine training, power plant, industrial electrician and energy technology curriculums.

For Trapper, the one program that affects them the most at this point is industrial electrician training.

DuBois said Trapper is required to have highly trained electricians work with its high-voltage equipment, such as its towering draglines excavators.

The CNCC program “kind of jumpstarts their education to be able to start right away on a coal mine site,” DuBois said.

College officials said they are excited to start building, though the construction timeline was recently delayed.

Instead of planning to start building the Career and Technical Center in August, the start date was pushed back to early next year, said Denise Wade, CNCC public information officer.

The college wants to bid the technical building project at the same time as a 68,000-square-foot academic building and its “civilian package,” which includes landscaping, paving and other ancillary developments.

Wade said bidding everything at once will save money.

With Trapper’s $200,000, the college has raised $7.1 million of the estimated $8.3 million officials say is necessary for the Career and Technical Center. The vast majority of the academic building’s projected $23.5 million price tag will be funded by a large energy tax allocation secured by state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden.

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