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Black Hills Energy Scholarship gift to MCC

Black Hills Scholarship

(L-R) Casey Woodside, Business Development Representative and Lynn Porter, Community Affairs Manager from Black Hills Energy, present a check for next year’s scholarships. Seen holding the check are current recipients Franky Rodriguez and Steven Kreigel of MCC’s Utility Technician program. Faculty member Ricky Dorsey joins them.

MARSHALLTOWN –The Utility Technician program at Marshalltown Community College has found a strong friend and partner in Black Hills Energy of Rapid City, S.D. With numerous service areas for natural gas in Iowa, Black Hills is one of many companies struggling to find qualified utility technicians to work for them in the area. When they learned of the Utility Technician program at MCC, they knew immediately they wanted to help make the program as successful as possible.

As part of their desire to see more students entering the Utility Technician program, Black Hills Energy, in partnership with their Black Hills Foundation, have pledged to provide $2,000 per year in scholarships to students entering the program. Preference will be given to students residing in areas where Black Hills provides service. This is the fourth year that Black Hills has provided the scholarship gift.

Jeremy Cook, Human Resources Manager for Black Hills Energy, says, “Any time we can help encourage a prospective student to enroll in the program only increases our opportunity to recruit skilled candidates for our job openings. Over time, we have built strong relationships with students, faculty and administrators at the college that has directly led to hiring new Black Hills employees.”

Previously Black Hills Energy has donated a natural gas service truck to the program as well, so students can practice with the same kind of equipment as they will eventually use in the field during future employment.

Donors wishing to contribute to or establish scholarship funds are encouraged to contact MCC Foundation Executive Director Carol Geil for more information at 641-844-5747 or Gifts to the MCC Foundation are always tax-exempt!

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