Lunseth Plumbing and Heating, Grand Forks Herald, C.L. Linfoot make donations totaling $300,000 to proposed tech academy

According to the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. There have been three donations of more than $ 75,000 each in the past few days, including $ 125,000 from the Lunseth Plumbing and Heating Company, $ 100,000 from the Grand Forks Herald, and $ 75,000 from CL Linfoot.

“We remain grateful for the dynamism of the investments made and that our community partners recognize the very important role the Career Impact Academy will play in human resource development in the decades to come,” said Keith Lund, President and CEO of EDC.

A broad group of community leaders, including representatives from the school district and the EDC, are working on a Dec. 1 deadline to raise $ 10 million to qualify for an additional $ 10 million in government funding.

The Careers and Technology Center, they hope, can alleviate this labor shortage. If built, it would exist somewhere between a business school and a junior college and university, helping students find curricula and careers that suit them with local employers. Research shows that local employers identify persistent labor shortages as a key obstacle to their respective growth and also to the economic development of the community in general.

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The center, as described by the EDC, “will provide learners with hands-on learning spaces to explore high-paying and sought-after careers in the Grand Forks region. The academy will provide special education to students that will enable them to prepare for a career or to prepare for college. “

The EDC announced the final three donations on Friday morning, a week after announcing a donation of $ 1 million from Altru Health System, $ 100,000 from True North Equipment and $ 50,000 from JLG Architects. The EDC has also pledged $ 500,000.

More than $ 4.5 million has been raised to date.

“We appreciate the community support over the years and this is a great way to give back to the community and continue to build our future here,” said David Kvidt, President of Lunseth Plumbing and Heating.

The Herald’s $ 100,000 comes from support from its parent company, Forum Communications Co.

“The owners of the Herald, the Marcil family, are a firm believer in economic development and know what a strong economy can mean for a region,” said Herald editor Korrie Wenzel. “But what good is it without a workforce to fill the jobs that go along with this economic development? This region needs to develop more workers, and it needs to develop workers specifically for the jobs we will need here in the future. Technical training is needed and the Herald is proud to make this donation on behalf of Forum Communications’ continued support for the region and its economy. “

Dan Mulroy, owner of CL Linfoot, said his company’s donation is about “investing in the future of my company and the people at Grand Forks.”

“The more opportunities we have to target different career paths to students in our area, the more our community will thrive in the long run in terms of workforce and business growth,” he said.

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