Titan Machinery and CNH Industrial recently presented a check to Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead/Moorhead Community and Technical College Foundation as the first installment of a $100,000 commitment to support the Diesel Equipment Technology program and the new Transportation Center. In addition to the latest donation, both Titan Machinery and the CNH Industrial brands made up of CaseIH, Case Construction and New Holland have maintained a long-standing partnership with M State, providing equipment, training aides and manufacturer support to develop and maintain the "Forging the Future" Diesel Equipment Technology program and the new Transportation Center recently completed on campus. The new facility and other recent investments will ensure that students enrolled in the Diesel Equipment Technology program receive the latest in hands-on training and are ready to enter the industry upon graduation.
Presenting the check on behalf of Titan Machinery and CNH Industrial was David Meyer, CEO of Titan Machinery. "The equipment that our customers depend upon to produce the food that we eat and the infrastructure that underpins our economy is becoming more complex all the time," said Meyer at the event. "Now more than ever it's critical that we have an established pipeline of high-quality technicians that are trained in the latest industry technology and are ready to go to work upon graduation. Our partnership with Minnesota State Community and Technical College has allowed us to provide world-class equipment support to the farmers and contractors that we serve."
Titan Machinery operates one of the largest networks of full service CaseIH Agriculture, New Holland Agriculture and Case Construction equipment stores in North America. The company operates equipment stores in 11 U.S. states and four European countries representing a diversified mix of agricultural, construction and consumer products.
"This most recent donation by Titan Machinery and CNH Industrial is another in a long list of industry donations that the college has received from this great partner over the past several years," stated Pat Nordick, M State Chief Financial Officer. "This donation not only provided funding which allowed us to finish our fantastic Transportation Center but also will provide funding for equipment for the program for years to come. With the continual financial pressures that surround higher education, these types of partnerships are vital for us to be able to sustain our programming and have state-of-the-art equipment for our students to train on."
Moorhead Community and Technical College Foundation serves M State's Moorhead campus, with a mission of helping students afford their education by building partnerships with businesses, individuals and organizations. The foundation also promotes workforce development by securing equipment, supplies and scholarships to enhance programs and provides needed financial assistance to qualified M State students.
Officials with Titan Machinery and CNH Industrial recently presented M State with the first installment of a $100,000 donation in support of M State's Diesel Equipment Technology program and the Moorhead campus Transportation Center. Pictured are, left to right, diesel instructor David Eliason, M State Dean of Career and Technical Programs Dllona Clendenen, diesel instructor Jim Bainer, Titan Senior Recruiting Specialist Bob Moe, Titan CEO David Meyer, diesel instructor Greg Peterson, Titan Director of Ag Store Operations BJ Knutson, diesel instructor Richard Weber, M State CFO Pat Nordick and M State Chief Development and Alumni Officer Denise Laymon.
CenterPoint Energy has donated a backhoe valued at $25,000 to Minnesota Community and Technical College in support of the college's commitment to gas utility construction education.
The donated vehicle will be used by students in M State's new Gas Utility Construction and Service program, offered on the college's Wadena campus. The 32-credit diploma program trains students for careers in the gas utility industry.
"The ability to support M State will generate great return to CenterPoint Energy by creating a workforce we desperately need now and into the future as more and more of our current employees retire," said Scott Lehner, area manager for CenterPoint Energy, a natural gas supplier that serves customers in central Minnesota and the Twin Cities area.
M State President Peggy Kennedy said the donation "will help M State to provide a more meaningful and realistic gas utility program for the students in our region. This type of business- education partnership is what career education is all about - excellent graduates for the workforce and excellent careers for our students."
Monty Johnson, M State dean of academics, welcomed CenterPoint's partnership with the college. "Bringing the natural gas utility industry into the classroom and bringing the classroom to industry helps us develop a better educational experience," Johnson said.
Thank you to all who participated in the 50 year Electrical Line Worker Technology program celebration. It was great to see everyone and to hear the wonderful stories from past and current faculty, students, and industry partners.
Whether you have been a past or current student, faculty member, or one or our industry partners, please know that your participation and dedication to this program is the reason for its success over the past 50 years. You have made this program great and we thank you for that.
It was a great day/evening!
Ryan Svor Scholarship Award
The family and friends of Ryan have set up a scholarship. It is in memory of Ryan to encourage others to be kind, give their best and always pursue their dreams. Ryan is a 2011 graduate of the Electrical Line Worker program.
This scholarship will be awarded to a current M State student during the evening program. We are excited to have the Svor family and folks from the Fallen Lineman Organization here to help us honor Ryan.
It was great to honor Steve Johnson and Stanley Heins (deceased), our past faculty members for their many years of dedication and hard work and who were instrumental in the success of the Electrical Line Worker program.
"The Electrical Line Worker program offered through the Wadena campus is extremely valuable to us because it develops the skill sets needed as we hire future Line Workers."
-Tim Thompson, Lake Region Electric Cooperative
"The difference between hiring an apprentice with an education from a program like M State's 9 month Line Workers Training program, compared to someone without it, is so stark that we only consider job applicants with the training."
-Ann Ellis, General Manager, North Star Electric Cooperative, Baudette, MN
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