Xcel Energy Grant Helps DCTC Students Succeed

Published on: September 9, 2013

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Front row: Steve Addy, Electrical Lineworker Instructor; Jake Sedlacek, Manager of Community Relations & Economic Development; Tharan Leopold, Executive Director of Foundation; Thomas Erickson, Electrical Lineworker Instructor; Mike Opp, Dean of Transportation & Industry

DCTC Foundation received grant to fund Electrical Lineworker scholarships

On Sept. 6, 2013, the Dakota County Technical College Foundation received a $10,000 grant from Xcel Energy to fund scholarships in the college’s Electrical Lineworker program. Xcel Energy invests in local communities with grants, charitable contributions and volunteer time.

“Xcel Energy is pleased to support DCTC’s Electrical Lineworker program,” said Jake Sedlacek, manager of community relations and  economic development. “It’s a quality program that produces quality lineworkers. They not only know what they’re doing, but they do it very well.”

Through Xcel Energy’s focus area grants, the company supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provides access to arts and culture.

“Xcel Energy is committed to improving the health of our communities,” said Sedlacek. “This grant will support the education of DCTC’s Electrical Lineworker students and better educated students will ensure safer delivery of our power.”

About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company operating in eight Western and Midwestern states. The company is committed to providing cost-effective, clean, responsible energy delivered with the highest standards for safety, reliability and responsiveness. Xcel Energy supports communities in four important focus areas: math and science education, environmental stewardship, job training, placement, and creation, and access to arts and culture. In 2012, Xcel Energy invested $8 million in support of communities across its service territory.

About the DCTC Foundation
Established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DCTC Foundation is governed by a board of directors with up to 18 members. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $3.2 million in financial assistance for students while building a general endowment fund and establishing private endowment funds.

For more information about the DCTC Electrical Lineworker program, contact:
For more information about the DCTC Foundation, contact:
  • Tharan Leopold
    Executive Director of Foundation & Alumni

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