Donors pitch in for project

TIC, Mountain Valley Bank lead way in helping school district


Helping hands

Private donors to Hayden's vocational building:

TIC - $60,000

Mountain Valley Bank - $30,000

Native Excavating - $20,000

Kozman Family - $10,000

Cook Chevrolet, Jeep, Subaru - $7,500 (plus $250 for every program graduate who stays with company for 6 months or more.)

Wells Fargo Bank - $5,000

Yampa Valley Construction Trades - $5,000

Snow Country Construction - $5,000


A number of businesses and organizations have committed money to expand the vocational education facilities at Hayden High School. Pictured in the welding lab at the TIC training facility is TIC founder Ron McKenzie and Mountain Valley Bank director Don Silva. TIC has donated $60,000 for the building project and Mountain Valley Bank has committed to $30,000.

Kevin Kleckler is excited about how quickly the Hayden School District has secured financial support for its expanding vocational program.

Less than two weeks after formally beginning the effort to secure private donations to expand Hayden's vocational building, the district has been given $142,500. Mountain Valley Bank and the Hayden Economic Development Committee are helping with the effort.

"It's neat to see everyone's support of the trades," said Kleckler, the district's career and technical education director. "It's a huge need for the valley. You always fear you won't be able to pull something off, and this has been received really well."

The district received its most substantial contribution to date from The Industrial Company in Steamboat Springs. TIC gave the district $60,000.

"Isn't that awesome?" Kleckler asked. "We are blown away."

Ron McKenzie, chairman and founder of TIC, said the contribution to the Hayden School District is as much a gift as it is an investment in the future of trades in the valley.

"The needs for craftsmen are incredible right now," McKenzie said.

McKenzie said TIC frequently brings in employees for training at its Steamboat Springs site, so he sees the value of teenagers interested in the trades having the opportunity to train while in high school.

Kleckler envisions Hayden's vocational building modeling TIC's training facility with its mix of classrooms, a computer lab and workshop areas.

Don Silva, director of Mountain Valley Bank, which is giving the district $30,000 for the vocational building, used to work for TIC.

Silva thanked McKenzie and TIC for its generosity, believing their support will help spark interest in Northwest Colorado.

"When they see a company like TIC step up and give $60,000, it gives it validity," Silva said.

Hayden's vocational building also will be used for post-secondary education, which may be appealing to other area businesses looking to invest in a site where future employees can balance core high school classes with adequate vocational training.

Kleckler said the district is awaiting word from other area businesses and banks.

The Hayden School District's goal is to raise $250,000 in private donations by the Feb. 24 presentation for an Energy and Mineral Impact Grant.


Queenie 10 years, 3 months ago

Mountain Valley Bank does it again! They have proven themselves a true community bank in a very short time. Just like they promised. Thanks MVB, for providing the small-town customer service we like with big-town banking.

I am not and never have been a empolyee of MVB, just a loyal customer and fan.


Tom Whiddon 10 years, 3 months ago

You are correct about MVB. Don't forget TIC. They are always ready to help any worthy cause in the valley!

I am not an employee of either business. They deserve recognition for their generosity!


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