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UCCS receives $3,000,000 donation to expand engineering department

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs just received an over $3,000,000 donation from the Anschutz Foundation to expand the college's engineering department.

Dr. Don Rabern, Dean of the College of Engineering, said UCCS will be able to enroll close to 1,000 more students in the engineering department by 2026.

To accommodate those additional students, they're planning to add 25,000 square feet to their current engineering building.

Dr. Don Rabern, the dean of the College of Engineering, says the donation money will more-so go toward supporting the local aerospace industry. If they’re lucky, U.S. Space command may be a part of that industry in the near future.

“We see Space Command coming to Colorado Springs as an expansion of opportunities," says Rabern. "In response, we have an obligation to provide more students to fill those jobs."

The $3,000,000 donation from the Anschutz Foundation, when added to the $8,000,000 already committed by the CU Foundation, covers about 70% of the cost to expand their engineering building.

The entire project will cost $16.7 million.

The Department of Defense is expected to announce the permanent headquarters for U.S. Space command by early 2021.

Mia Villanueva

Mia is a weekday reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Mia here.

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