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WE Tribal College gets funding for technology

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Detroit Lakes, 56501

Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Congressman Collin Peterson announced that the White Earth Tribal and Community College has been awarded $1.4 million from the Economic Development Administration to support construction for the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center in Mahnomen.

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Dr. Robert "Sonny" Peacock, President of the White Earth Tribal and Community College said, "We are very pleased with this award notice from the Economic Development Administration and want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have worked so tirelessly to make this a reality. This vote of confidence in our ability to produce will bring great dividends to the people of White Earth and Mahnomen."

White Earth Tribal and Community College presently rents classroom and office space in buildings throughout the City of Mahnomen, with many of those spaces failing to meet accessibility and other code standards.

This project, the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center will address these issues and more by housing the College's Business, Science, Math, Technology, Applied Engineering and Entrepreneurial Programs.

It is estimated that this first phase of the White Earth Tribal and Community College Campus building program will be an 11,237 square foot brick structure. A 10-foot-by-5-foot corridor will eventually connect the Center to other campus buildings, which are planned for later development.

EDA anticipates the total project cost to be $2.1 million, with an estimated 227 jobs created and $34 million in private investment leveraged.

According to Dr. Peacock, this new Center will also align into one area those courses and programs which will prepare students to meet the economic development needs unique to the White Earth Reservation and Mahnomen County; and also to meet the economic development needs of manufacturing employers in Northwest Minnesota.

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