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PARTNERING WITH

INDUSTRY

MSU Denver has established relationships with many leaders


in the aerospace, engineering and manufacturing industries
across Colorado. We soughtand continue to seektheir
insights into industry needs and their input on our proposed
facility, technologies and curriculum.

As an urban, public university, Metropolitan


State University of Denver works to create

We invite you to join us


as we transform student
livesand Colorados
economywith this
industry-driven
workforce initiative.
Call 303-556-8424 or visit msudenver.edu/aes
for a personal glimpse into our plans to transform
Colorados aerospace, engineering and
manufacturing industries.

lasting community impact. We provide an


exceptional education of great value, preparing
our students to succeed and serve. MSU Denver
is the leader in educating undergraduate
Coloradans, and we enroll the highest number
of students of color among the states fouryear colleges. The University offers more than
200 degree options, including masters degrees

AEROSPACE + ENGINEERING SCIENCES

in accounting, teaching and social work. Most


of our more than 77,000 alumni remain in
Colorado after graduation.

We have difficulty finding


qualified people. There arent
any schools in the Front
Range moving people into
these fields. So we recruit
from other parts of the
country or we recruit from the
guy down the street, which
hurts that business. This
MSU Denver program would
build the infrastructure in the
Front Range to support the
industrys workforce needs.
Bob Geoffroy
Davis Manufacturing Company
Business Development Manager

Metropolitan State University of Denver

2015 Metropolitan State University of Denver

is embarking on its most ambitious undertaking yetto construct an Aerospace


and Engineering Sciences Building and establish an Institute for Advanced
Manufacturing to train a globally competitive workforce for the state of Colorado.

303-556-8424 | msudenver.edu/aes
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FULFILLING A
COMMUNITY NEED
The U.S. Labor Department has heralded manufacturing as
the industry that could provide one of the biggest boosts
to the U.S. economy, with the potential to add hundreds of
thousands of new jobs annually.

MSU Denver educates Colorado students


for Colorados workforce. More than 96
percent of the Universitys students
are Colorado residents, and 75 percent
of MSU Denver graduates stay in the
state. In addition, of our recent STEM/
advanced-manufacturing graduates, 23
percent were students of color.

And yet, the Labor Department also reports that there are
more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs unfilled in the
United States. The manufacturing industry is desperate
for qualified employees to fill these jobs, which often are
well-paid, highly technical positions.
With the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Initiative,
Metropolitan State University of Denver has stepped up to
supply the employees to meet this demand.
This is important to our state and national economies,
says MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. If this is
where the workplace is going, dont we have a responsibility
as educators to supply the people who can work in these
industries? This initiative will have one of the single
biggest impacts on this region that this institution has
ever had.

ENVISIONING
POSSIBILITIES
MSU Denver has partnered with industry leaders to design
a groundbreaking program that will revolutionize aviation,
aerospace and advanced manufacturing education in
Colorado by integrating the study of aviation and aerospace
science; industrial design; civil, mechanical and electrical
engineering technology; computer science and computer
information systems; and business management.
These disciplines will collaborate in a state-of-the-art
Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building, providing
students with the curriculum, technology and labs necessary
to give them a highly experiential, relevant education.
With the Aerospace and Engineering Sciences Building and
Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, MSU Denver will
educate the most skilled, workforce-ready professionals
available to meet the advanced manufacturing needs of
the state of Colorado, particularly in the areas of aviation
and aerospace.

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There is a vacuum in our system


right now for skilled aerospace
workers. Look at the breakdown
of the aerospace economy and
what aerospace means to our
state. Supporting MSU Denvers
education initiative will
immediately translate into an
economic impact in our state.
Stacey DeFore
Colorado Space Business Roundtable Chair

The aerospace
industry is looking
not just to increase its
pipeline of qualified
STEM students
but to broaden its
workforce to be
more inclusive of
underrepresented
populations and
women. MSU Denver
is incredibly well
positioned to help in
that goal.
Vicky Lea
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Aviation and Aerospace Industry Director

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PARTNERING WITH
INDUSTRY

MSU Denver has established relationships with many leaders


in the aerospace, engineering and manufacturing industries
across Colorado. We soughtand continue to seektheir
insights into industry needs and their input on our proposed
facility, technologies and curriculum.

We invite you to join us


as we transform student
livesand Colorados
economywith this
industry-driven
workforce initiative.
Call 303-556-8424 or visit msudenver.edu/aes
for a personal glimpse into our plans to transform
Colorados aerospace, engineering and
manufacturing industries.

We have difficulty finding


qualified people. There arent
any schools in the Front
Range moving people into
these fields. So we recruit
from other parts of the
country or we recruit from the
guy down the street, which
hurts that business. This
MSU Denver program would
build the infrastructure in the
Front Range to support the
industrys workforce needs.
Bob Geoffroy
Davis Manufacturing Company
Business Development Manager

MSU Denver educates Colorado students


for Colorados workforce. More than 96
percent of the Universitys students
are Colorado residents, and 75 percent
of MSU Denver graduates stay in the
state. In addition, of our recent STEM/
advanced-manufacturing graduates, 23
percent were students of color.

The aerospace
industry is looking
not just to increase its
pipeline of qualified
STEM students
but to broaden its
workforce to be
more inclusive of
underrepresented
populations and
women. MSU Denver
is incredibly well
positioned to help in
that goal.
Vicky Lea
Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Aviation and Aerospace Industry Director

PARTNERING WITH
INDUSTRY

MSU Denver has established relationships with many leaders


in the aerospace, engineering and manufacturing industries
across Colorado. We soughtand continue to seektheir
insights into industry needs and their input on our proposed
facility, technologies and curriculum.

As an urban, public university, Metropolitan


State University of Denver works to create

We invite you to join us


as we transform student
livesand Colorados
economywith this
industry-driven
workforce initiative.
Call 303-556-8424 or visit msudenver.edu/aes
for a personal glimpse into our plans to transform
Colorados aerospace, engineering and
manufacturing industries.

lasting community impact. We provide an


exceptional education of great value, preparing
our students to succeed and serve. MSU Denver
is the leader in educating undergraduate
Coloradans, and we enroll the highest number
of students of color among the states fouryear colleges. The University offers more than
200 degree options, including masters degrees

AEROSPACE + ENGINEERING SCIENCES

in accounting, teaching and social work. Most


of our more than 77,000 alumni remain in
Colorado after graduation.

We have difficulty finding


qualified people. There arent
any schools in the Front
Range moving people into
these fields. So we recruit
from other parts of the
country or we recruit from the
guy down the street, which
hurts that business. This
MSU Denver program would
build the infrastructure in the
Front Range to support the
industrys workforce needs.
Bob Geoffroy
Davis Manufacturing Company
Business Development Manager

Metropolitan State University of Denver

2015 Metropolitan State University of Denver

is embarking on its most ambitious undertaking yetto construct an Aerospace


and Engineering Sciences Building and establish an Institute for Advanced
Manufacturing to train a globally competitive workforce for the state of Colorado.

303-556-8424 | msudenver.edu/aes
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