In Fall 2018, President Bob Griggs announced the Southeast Tech Foundation’s first-ever comprehensive campaign to raise $6.2 million. Unlike traditional fundraising efforts, the Southeast Tech NOW campaign primarily centers on workforce development, not new construction. It is aptly named Southeast Tech NOW (New Opportunities in Workforce Development). David Long of Sanford Health is the campaign chairman.
According to Long, “In today’s rapidly changing economy and environment, it is critical to support essential academic programs, first-generation, and under-represented students. The NOW Campaign will support Southeast Technical College in providing the next generation of workforce to meet the needs of our community.”
The funds will be used to help Southeast Tech respond to the changing needs of industry with adjustments in academics and new and expanded programs, equipping students with the skills they need for today’s jobs.
The capital components to the campaign will renovate existing facilities to house the new Veterinary Technician and Dental Assisting programs starting in Fall 2020. The addition of these programs is due to industry demand, and crafted with industry and public input. Both programs are currently full for fall.
Goals of the Campaign
Goal 1 - $2,700,000
Grow industry sponsors and scholarships to support an increase in enrollment.
Goal 2 - $1,100,000
Fund needed support services to significantly improve recruitment and retention of first-generation and diverse students.
Goal 3 - $700,000
Strengthen industry connections, apprenticeships, internships and annual unrestricted funds to meet industry needs.
David LONG, Chair of the Foundation Board
Kari KARST, Vice Chair of the Foundation Board
BX Civil & Construction
TONY NOUR, Treasurer
First Premier Bank
Kira Kimball, FOUNDATION LIAISON TO SOUTHEAST TECH COUNCIL
Marsh McLennan Agency