Grant funds Steps to Success on Moorhead campus

January 13, 2020

A $125,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust is opening the door to college for up to 30 women by funding the Steps to Success program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead.

Steps to Success provides education and support services to women in business, engineering and technology programs on M State’s Moorhead campus.

To be eligible, women must be first-generation college students, English Language Learners, women of color or eligible for federal Pell grants, and they must enroll in one of the following programs:

  • Business, Management, Marketing and Sales
  • Computer Programming
  • Cybersecurity
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology-Database Administration.

 “Students who qualify for Steps to Success get support through a variety of options that are designed to help them overcome challenges and be successful,” said Kate Johnson, director of Academic Support Services on the Moorhead campus. “We are grateful to the Otto Bremer Trust for supporting M State to create opportunities to educate, empower and inspire women from under-served groups to improve their economic well-being, broaden access to support networks and develop leadership skills.”

That support includes a free laptop; a free one-credit student success course; individualized support in advising, mentoring, accessing resources and career services; and opportunities to connect with other women in business, engineering and technology.

Funding from the Otto Bremer Trust, based in St. Paul, will allow the college to offer the program during the 2020 spring and fall semesters.

For more information, visit, or contact Kate Johnson at or 218.299.6534.