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Wadena Area College Foundation Awards Scholarship Recipients

Scholarships are granted to outstanding applicants who demonstrate excellence in community activities, work, volunteer experience, academic achievement and financial need. Recipients represent a variety of programs at M State - Wadena and are full-time, part-time, first-year and second-year students. WACF is organized on behalf of the Wadena campus of M State. Its mission is to raise, manage and distribute funds to further educational goals for the benefit of the M State campus.

The Wadena Area College Foundation has awarded 20 students scholarships totaling $15,725 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Congratulations to all recipients. Thank you to all donors.

Wadena Area College Foundation recipients are listed below under the company/individuals that donated the funds:


Wadena Area College Foundation Scholarships

  • Sheri Greenwaldt, Nursing
  • Rebecca Crooker, Medical Administration


AAPC Alexandria Chapter Scholarship

  • Angela Lopez - Medical Administration


Crow Wing Power & Cooperative Mineral Resources Scholarship

  • Joshua Hofmann, Electrical Line Worker
  • John Simmons, Electrical Line Worker


Don and Sherry Heins Scholarship

  • Tyler Kangas, Electrical Line Worker


Interstate Electric Scholarship

  • Nathan Field, Electrical Technology


Jeff and Sheryl Rinkel Scholarships

  • Autumn Jahnke, Nursing
  • Angel Norwood, Nursing


Jim Koranda Scholarship

  • Riley Boehland, Electrical Line Worker


Lake Country Power Scholarship

  • Alex Ames, Electrical Line Worker


Lake Region Electric Cooperative Scholarships

  • Patrick McGaffey, Nursing
  • Kaesha Marlow, Nursing


Lake Region Veteran Memorial Scholarship

  • Alexander Haugrud, Electrical Line Worker


Moorhead Public Service Scholarship

  • Daniel Halstengard, Electrical Line Worker


Otter Tail Power Company Scholarship

  • Christian McGaffey, Electrical Line Worker


Sterns Electric Association Trust Scholarship

  • Spencer Weber, Electrical Line Worker


Tri-County Health Care Foundation Scholarship

  • Jessica Erickson, Nursing
  • Alicia Haman, Nursing


Wadena State Bank Calcutta Scholarship

  • Kaitlin Dunrud, Nursing


50-Year Celebration for Electrical Line Worker Technology Program

50-Year Celebration for the Electrical Line Worker Technology Program Minnesota State Community and Technical College Wadena Campus.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Events begin at 8 a.m.

• Business and industry vendors
• Training field demonstrations
• Introduction of the Gas Utility Construction and Service program
• Proclamation of Careers in Energy Week to celebrate the vital service that line workers provide to our nation and to raise awareness of the rewarding energy industry careers available at M State


Industry support boosts M State's Line Worker program

Thanks to support from electric utilities in the region, a donated electric substation is now providing unique training opportunities for students in the Electrical Line Worker program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena.

Those utilities were recognized for their contributions to the substation's installation and operation in October 2010 at Wadena's Electrical Line Worker training field, where the substation is located. The fundraising was spearheaded by the Wadena Area College Foundation.

"The College Foundation Board of Directors felt that supporting this project would help to keep our high-profile Line Worker Program in the forefront of the industry," said Foundation Chairman Dan Carlisle. "This generous support from the utilities certainly helps to set our program apart from any other in Minnesota."

The substation was donated by Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative of Park Rapids. Other area cooperatives contributed a total of nearly $25,000 to transport the substation to Wadena and install it on a concrete pad for use in the program.

"M State feels very fortunate to have such a strong base of industry support to assist the college in providing a premier education for power line workers," said M State President Ann Valentine.

The donors recognized for supporting the project were Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Clearwater-Polk Electrical Cooperative, Cooperative Light & Power Association, Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative, Legacy Power Line, Meeker Cooperative, Minnesota Valley Cooperative Light and Power Association, Otter Tail Power Company, Renville-Sibley Cooperative Power Association, Runestone Electric, Sauk Centre Public Utilities Commission, Stearns Cooperative Electric Association, Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, Traverse Electric Co-op and Wild Rice Electric.

Monty Johnson, dean of academic and student affairs on the Wadena campus, said he is unaware of any other line worker program in the state that has a functioning substation to use in its training curriculum. In addition to its use by Wadena students, it will also be utilized by utility workers who attend the college's annual hot-line school. Electrical substations are used in the transmission of power to customers.

Wadena enrolls 65 students in its one-year diploma and two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program for line workers. High demand for the program led Wadena to open a one-year line worker program in the far northern Minnesota community of Baudette in 2010.

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