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Funding roundup

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The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence will educate and train manufacturing technicians using a $3-million grant from the National Science Foundation. Through the grant, the center will work with more K–12 students to encourage them to pursue careers in manufacturing. The center’s industry-driven curricula also will be refined and student learning will be assessed to drive ongoing program improvements and provide evidence of student achievement. 


Blue Mountain Community College’s rodeo team received a $5,000 donation toward their scholarship fund. The gift came from the Pendleton Round-Up Foundation and the Round-Up Reunion of Champions Committee. The donation will be matched from a $50,000 James P. and Marion L. Miller challenge grant to encourage increased giving for student scholarships.


The Wisconsin Technical College System’s 16 colleges were each given up to $140,000 to establish and help manage a campus-based program that provides students in need with money to address unexpected expenses. The funds are made available through the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation’s philanthropic Community Investments program. Through the program, Pell Grant-eligible students can apply to receive small grants averaging around $200 to cover urgent, unforeseen expenses.​