CSU–Pueblo AIM car show brings new lift as well as dollars

The donation of a $6,000 car lift by an anonymous donor was one of the results of the April 20 car show sponsored by Automotive Industry Management students at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Students in the AIM 425 Financial Management class initiated the project and worked closely with CSU-Pueblo Foundation staff to organize the event to raise funds for a new lift and additional equipment and tools for the program’s laboratory.

The only program of its kind in Colorado and one of only a handful of programs nationally, AIM boasts a 97 percent job placement ratio thanks to a stellar reputation in the automotive industry for producing students with a solid knowledge of automotive operating systems and business skills. Success is based on the theoretical foundation the students receive bolstered by hands-on laboratory experiences.

According to AIM faculty member Cathi Robbe, the first CSU-Pueblo AIM car show was a success with more than 25 entries, a car bash, concessions, and a pie in the face event that raised more than $500. The climax of the event, however, was an announcement by CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia that the $6,000 lift had been purchased and donated by an anonymous friend of the AIM program. The lift will be purchased from SWIS Equipment and installed by the University’s Physical Plant staff. It will be the second lift installed in the last two years.

“This was a great learning experience for the AIM students,” Robbe said. “They produced a tremendous outcome in a short amount of time, and the anonymous lift donation was icing on the cake.”

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