New Facility Will Feature Cutting Edge Equipment and Improved Learning Spaces
August 17, 2015 – Denver, CO – After nearly 100 years of training men and women how to weld, fix cars, and heating and cooling systems on a city block in downtown Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College has a new facility to teach programs in the College of Trades and Industry, as well as several non-credit programs. EGTC has renovated the building, occupying 50,000 square feet of space at 1205 Osage Street in the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood in northwest Denver. Classes begin on August 24.
The move will enable EGTC to expand capacity in career-training programs hosted in the college’s current facility. It is a more modern facility allowing EGTC to customize classroom space and learning environments to fit the college’s programmatic needs. The College has spent nearly a year renovating the building and improvements have included enhancements to the existing structure, both inside and out, and will provide off-street parking for students and staff, plus site planning and landscaping improvements.
This new state-of-the-art campus will open doors of opportunity in eight highly-technical career certificates – Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Service, Building Trades Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting-Building Information Modeling (CAD/BIM), Custodial Maintenance, Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Water Quality Management and Welding.
“Expanded shops and learning labs will allow for increased capacity in some of the College’s most popular programs” according to Jeff Barratt, EGTC Executive Director. “The hands-on training facilities will feature the most advanced training equipment with electrical diagnostic systems, new additions to the automotive program’s fleet of cars, new air filtration systems for the state-of-the-art training labs, multi-functional classrooms, and maximized energy efficiency. EGTC is looking forward to being a new resident in the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood, chosen in 2014 by the American Planning Association as one of the nation’s great American neighborhoods.” The Emily Griffith Foundation is establishing a dedicated scholarship for eligible community residents interested in pursuing a career training certificate at the College.
One of the primary criteria for EGTC was a central location with good access to public transportation. 1205 Osage is within two and three blocks of two light rail stations, the Auraria Station and the 10th and Osage Station, and one block from two bus stops along 13th, and there will be parking provided for staff and students. This location will be less than two miles from the new downtown campus at 1860 Lincoln Street.
In addition to the College of Trades, many classes from EGTC’s growing Continuing Education Division will relocate. These programs include Blacksmithing, Clock Repair, Furniture and Auto Upholstery and Welding for Artists.