North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) President Steve Schulz, along with the College’s Keeping NIACC First campaign co-chairs, has announced an outpouring of support for the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign, currently underway.
“Family roots run deep in this part of Iowa and we’ve been impressed and humbled by the commitment made to NIACC’s long range needs by our tremendous local foundations,” said Steve Schulz.
Several gifts have been designated for specific areas of the capital campaign, while others are unrestricted, to be applied as necessary for any of the projects prioritized by the campaign. Pledges and gifts to Keeping NIACC First have been generously funded by the Barkema Charitable Trust, Bertha Stebens Charitable Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Farrer Endowment Foundation, First Citizens Charitable Trust, John K and Luise V Hanson Foundation, John Ruan Foundation Trust, Kinney-Lindstrom Foundation, Inc., Tomson Family Foundation, Winnebago County Community Foundation, and the Winnebago Foundation.
Honorary campaign co-chairs Eugene and Mary Sukup, of Sheffield, and O.Jay and Pat Tomson, of Mason City have joined forces with co-chairs Gary and Vicki Wattnem, of Mason City, and David Steffens, Jr., of Lake Mills to bring additional awareness to the campaign, thanking these philanthropic organizations for their history-making contributions.
“While we realize we still have a long road ahead, we know we are well on our way to seeing exciting results for the NIACC campus and are proud of the significant effort that is already taking place within North Iowa,” said the co-chairs in a written statement.
“It is our pleasure to publically thank the local foundations that are leading by example with their significant gifts,” said Steffens.
NIACC has already begun to develop several projects related to the campaign, with the Hanson Family Foundation Diesel Technology Center already engaging its first classes of Diesel students.
“Our expectations are to continue the momentum of fundraising for this next very large push to gather funding for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) facility. Advancing STEM education for our students is critical to our region so that we can properly support workforce needs and continue to strengthen our economies in North Iowa,” said campaign co-chair Gary Wattnem.
NIACC plans to have all of the campaign initiatives completed in time to celebrate the College’s 100th anniversary in 2018. “As one of the oldest community colleges in the U.S., NIACC has always been a leader in community college education. We expect to continue that legacy,” said Steffens.
The goal of the Keeping NIACC First Capital Campaign is $15 million. With over $11 million raised to date, the effort will continue throughout North Iowa and the country, seeking support from alumni, friends and businesses. As a result, students in these core and emerging critical fields will have modern facilities and equipment to learn the skills needed for success.
For additional information about the Keeping NIACC First campaign, contact Molly Knoll, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 641- 422-4404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, visit www.niacc.edu/cc to learn more or make a donation on line.
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