CP Donates $10,000 for RR Conductor Scholarships

Locomotive on the prairies | Photo courtesy of www.cpr.ca

Historic rail carrier supports DCTC students

Locomotive on the prairies | Photo courtesy of www.cpr.ca

The Canadian Pacific Railway, or CP, donated $10,000 to the Dakota County Technical College Foundation. The Canadian Pacific Scholarship will fund 10 $1,000 scholarships each year for students enrolled in DCTC’s Railroad Conductor Technology program. The railway committed to annual contributions for the 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2015–16 academic years.

Canadian Pacific is committed to helping students obtain a college education so they may pursue lasting and productive careers. “We pride ourselves on being good corporate neighbors in DCTC’s community and recognize the importance of working together to support students’ educational goals,” said Heather Woods, coordinator of community investment at Canadian Pacific. The hope of the scholarship is that by aiding students in their pursuit of higher education, DCTC will continue to produce well-trained graduates to the benefit of employers, employees, families and communities.

About CP
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is a low-cost provider that is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise.

About the DCTC Railroad Conductor Technology program
This program prepares students to serve as railroad conductors in the railway industry, which is critical to our nation’s livelihood. Retirement rates of current conductors promise excellent job opportunities. Railroad conductors oversee train routes, movements and car switching through a range of duties, including the relay of signals in emergency situation. Conductors work irregular hours, including holidays, weekends, days and nights for shifts up to 12 hours. Constantly alert to changing conditions, they are trained to act safely and responsibly.

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 Railroad Conductor Technology program, contact:
  • Don Spano
    Railroad Conductor Technology Instructor
For more information about the DCTC Foundation, contact:
  • Tharan Leopold
    Executive Director of Foundation and Alumni