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Wadena Area College Foundation Recognizes Scholarship Recipients

The Wadena Area College Foundation recognizes 20 Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena Campus students who will receive scholarships totaling $14,170 for the 2013-14 academic year. WACF scholarships were recently awarded to: Jenessa Bock (Cosmetology); Shannon Boe (Liberal Arts); Samantha Buchholz (Medical Administrative Assistant); Laura Cassady (Nursing); Huong Chann (Pharmacy Technology); Eric DeWitt (ELW);Troy Green (ELW); Michael Grewe (ELW); Christina Holmberg (Nursing); Benjamin Hoyt (ELW-Baudette); Melissa Klever (Construction Electricity); Brianna Miles (Cosmetology); Logan Mistic (ELW); Shane Motschenbacher (Construction Electricity); Joey Price (Construction Electricity); Mitchel Roberts (ELW); Cassandra Schneider (Nursing); Jakki Sjobeck (Nursing); Travis Vatthauer (ELW); Doreen Vick (Cosmetology); and Lindsey Wesen (Cosmetology).

Scholarships are granted to outstanding applicants who demonstrate excellence in community activities, work, volunteer experience, academic achievement and financial need. Recipients represent a variety of programs at M State - Wadena and are full-time, part-time, first-year and second-year students. WACF is organized on behalf of the Wadena campus of M State. Its mission is to raise, manage and distribute funds to further educational goals for the benefit of the M State campus. Since 2008, the foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to help students reach their educational goals. Scholarship awards are made possible through generous donations to WACF.


Industry support boosts M State's Line Worker program

Thanks to support from electric utilities in the region, a donated electric substation is now providing unique training opportunities for students in the Electrical Line Worker program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena.

Those utilities were recognized for their contributions to the substation's installation and operation in October 2010 at Wadena's Electrical Line Worker training field, where the substation is located. The fundraising was spearheaded by the Wadena Area College Foundation.

"The College Foundation Board of Directors felt that supporting this project would help to keep our high-profile Line Worker Program in the forefront of the industry," said Foundation Chairman Dan Carlisle. "This generous support from the utilities certainly helps to set our program apart from any other in Minnesota."

The substation was donated by Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative of Park Rapids. Other area cooperatives contributed a total of nearly $25,000 to transport the substation to Wadena and install it on a concrete pad for use in the program.

"M State feels very fortunate to have such a strong base of industry support to assist the college in providing a premier education for power line workers," said M State President Ann Valentine.

The donors recognized for supporting the project were Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Clearwater-Polk Electrical Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power Association, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative, Legacy Power Line, Meeker Cooperative, Minnesota Valley Cooperative Light and Power Association, Otter Tail Power Company, Renville-Sibley Cooperative Power Association, Runestone Electric, Sauk Centre Public Utilities Commission, Stearns Cooperative Electric Association, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, Traverse Electric Co-op and Wild Rice Electric.

Monty Johnson, dean of academic and student affairs on the Wadena campus, said he is unaware of any other line worker program in the state that has a functioning substation to use in its training curriculum. In addition to its use by Wadena students, it will also be utilized by utility workers who attend the college's annual hot-line school. Electrical substations are used in the transmission of power to customers.

Wadena enrolls 65 students in its one-year diploma and two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program for line workers. High demand for the program led Wadena to open a one-year line worker program in the far northern Minnesota community of Baudette in 2010.

As a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System, M State serves more than 6,500 students in credit courses each term through more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and online. By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.

Last modified: October 15th, 2013 at 03:17pm