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May 30, 2019

ANB Bank and the Sturm Family have announced a gift to Western Colorado Community College (WCCC) for more than $450,000 to implement mobile mechatronics training and high-tech learning in the Roaring Fork Valley and Western Slope.

"Our participation with WCCC and Colorado Mesa University is meant to reinforce creativity in the market place when it comes to higher education. We want to reward ideas that align industry and business needs," said Donald Sturm, ANB Bank's owner and chairman. "Through the mobile learning lab, WCCC will provide vital workforce development through mechatronics training in rural communities. This is the kind of innovation required in an economy driven by technology, and we are pleased to be a part of the project."

Mechatronics is a state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology discipline that integrates software, programmable electronic controls, sensors, robotics, and mechanical systems into automated equipment and advanced manufacturing processes. The mobile learning lab is a training facility that will be available for teaching and learning in fall 2019.

In the works for many months, the gift from ANB Bank and the Sturm Family will provide more than $450,000 to fund the truck, trailer, mechatronics equipment, and other materials. The lab will be the size of a semi-truck and trailer and will include modern conveniences and climate controls to make learning both mobile and comfortable. The mobile learning facility will be named in celebration of ANB Bank and the Sturm Family, recognizing their support of the project.

Sturm described the commitment of ANB Bank and the Sturm Family to the Roaring Fork Valley and the Western Slope and the impact the mobile learning lab will have on the community.

"Many of ANB Bank's customers are owners of manufacturing facilities, small businesses and energy-related operations in western Colorado. The growth and sustainability of our regional economy requires technical proficiency in mechatronics. This mobile classroom will encourage post-secondary training that will make a significant impact on the community."

When construction is complete, the project partners will schedule a regional roadshow to introduce the mobile learning lab to the CMU and WCCC service area, one community at a time.

ANB Bank
Across the ANB footprint, the bank has 31 banking centers serving customers in Colorado, Wyoming, and the Kansas City metro area. Its parent company is the Sturm Financial Group, Inc., is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. ANB Bank is a true community bank with an unwavering commitment to helping communities prosper through investment, sponsorship, philanthropy, and employee volunteerism. | Member FDIC

The Sturm Family
The mission of the Sturm Family's philanthropy is to support services and programs that provide value and positive effect on their local communities. Having a broad scope and discerning eye, the family seeks to further the public good in a way that holds true to the family's values while supporting a diverse array of organizations.