WNCC received a $25,000 gift from Wheat Belt Public Power District on Thurs., Sept. 15. Pictured from left to right is Paula Abbott, director of WNCC Sidney Campus; Dr. Todd Holcomb, president of WNCC; Dan Westman, WNCC alum and current Wheat Belt Public Power District lineman; Earl Reilly, operations manager of Wheat Belt Public Power District; and Tim Lindahl, CEO of Wheat Belt Public Power District.
Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) announced that it has received a $25,000 gift from Wheat Belt Public Power District. As part of the WNCC Works: Expanding the Possibilities campaign, the gift will support the Powerline Construction & Maintenance Technology program at WNCC Alliance Campus, which is currently celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Since the program began in 2006, more than 150 linemen have been successfully trained and placed in jobs at power and utility companies.
“We require very specialized training and we work in less than ideal conditions, millimeters from instant death every day,” said Wheat Belt Public Power CEO Tim Lindahl. “The linemen that keep the poles and wires delivering power are very special people and have a very unique skill set. Education and training are extremely important to keeping the system working in a reliable and safe way.”
The donation came in the midst of the fundraising campaign for the college, which will extend through the fall of 2016. This year also marks the landmark 90th anniversary of Western Nebraska Community College. The campaign has raised $8,200,000 so far, more than 90 percent of its goal. WNCC joins many community colleges that have launched campaigns to raise private donations and individual giving.