DCTC Receives $8,100 Walser Foundation Grant

Walser Foundation Donation

Funds support scholarships and state-of-the-art tool purchases

The Dakota County Technical College Foundation recently received a Walser Foundation grant for $8,100 to purchase automotive equipment and fund scholarships for students in the Automotive Technician program. The grant funds will be used to purchase one GM MDI factory interface tool and one Ross-Tech VAG-COM Diagnostic System. The funds will also support five $1,000 scholarships for students enrolled in the Automotive Technician program. Eligibility for scholarships will be based on financial need as determined by DCTC. Nancy Warner, the director of the Walser Foundation, stated, “We are proud to support the Dakota County Technical College Foundation and appreciate the great work that Dakota County Technical College does in the Twin Cities.” “DCTC is excited to partner with the Walser Foundation to grow our Automotive Technician program,” said Tharan Leopold, DCTC executive director of foundation and alumni. “The tools and scholarships give deserving students the opportunity to learn the latest technology as they complete the program and graduate fully prepared to launch careers in the automotive industry.”

About the Walser Foundation…

Walser invests in the people and organizations in the communities in which we live and work through charitable giving and volunteerism. Walser Automotive Group donates 5 percent of pre-tax earnings to the Walser Foundation and is a proud member of the Minnesota Keystone Program. Mission and Focus: The Walser Foundation provides grants to organizations that strengthen communities through support of families, education and human services. We support programs that promote education and youth development, especially at-risk youth and historically underserved populations, as well as programs that improve quality of life via family, health and human services. — Courtesy of the Walser Foundation

About the DCTC Foundation…

Established in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DCTC Foundation functions as an avenue for gifts and grants that benefit the college and our students. By providing resources to students, the college and our programs, the Foundation upholds the DCTC mission, which is Education for Employment. Governed by a board of directors with up to 18 members, 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. Since its founding in 1983 the Dakota County Technical College Foundation has generated nearly $2.8 million in scholarship funds and today helps more than 400 students per year. Contributions to the Dakota County Technical College Foundation are career-long gifts to Dakota County Technical College students. (read more…)

Top photo: (left to right) Chad Sheets, Mike Opp, Nancy Warner, Tharan Leopold, Bob Erickson, Tim Wynes

For more information about the DCTC Foundation, contact:

Tharan Leopold
Executive Director of Foundation and Alumni

For more information about the Automotive Technician program at DCTC, contact:

Jeffrey Copeland
Automotive Technician Instructor
Mark Brantner
Automotive Technician Instructor
Matt Boudinot
Automotive Technician Instructor