Minnesota State Community and Technical College is pleased to announce Bobcat Company’s increased support of the new Transportation Center and the Diesel Equipment Technology program on its Moorhead campus. The support comes in the form of scholarships and equipment totaling $120,000 in value.
Doosan Bobcat will increase its financial contribution to $50,000 for scholarships and student technology equipment for the diesel laboratories. The company has also donated a Bobcat® 430 compact excavator with a value of $35,000. This sum is matched by the state of Minnesota, which brings the total value of the gift to $70,000.
With these donations to the center, Doosan Bobcat has secured naming rights to the lounge in M State’s new Transportation Center. The lounge will be outfitted with Bobcat branding and equipment photography.
M State President Peggy Kennedy said that the college “is very grateful to Doosan Bobcat for its significant financial contribution to the diesel laboratories.”
“The top two M State priorities are student success and workforce development, and this generous gift will go far in assisting the college to meet both of these important goals,” Kennedy said. “Collaborating with our business and industry partners is critical for our mutual success. We look forward to many years of successful partnership.”
The new center will accommodate up to 150 students in the Diesel Equipment Technology program and in the adjacent Automotive Technology program.
Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America and Oceania, said, “Bobcat Company has been a longtime supporter of M State, and it is our privilege to continue that support at an increased level. As one of the largest employers in the region, we are committed to helping our local colleges and universities produce top talent in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.”
Chief Academic Officer Carrie Brimhall noted that M State’s transportation programs have a long history of educating students who want to live and work in the region.
“The partnership with Doosan Bobcat is critical to our continued success,” Brimhall said. “We are very proud of the technical skills and professional attitudes of our graduates and of the dedicated and talented faculty who teach in our programs. We are appreciative that we now have a facility that reflects the high quality of our programs.”
Work on the $6.5 million Transportation Center began in 2014 and, when completed this summer, the new M State facility will relieve congestion in the transportation program labs, accommodate higher enrollment, allow for new technologies and improve the learning environment for both the Diesel Equipment Technology and Automotive Technology programs.