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Major Gifts Campaign
Message from the Chairs
It is truly our privilege and honor to serve
as Campaign Chairs of Dakota’s first-ever major
gifts campaign. We
have witnessed the evolution of D over the past 37 years and know
the impact the school has had on western South Dakota. We are
also increasingly aware of the accelerating rate of technological
change. D must seek new funding sources to continue to provide
current, high-quality training. State government and students
alone can no longer support the increasing cost of technical currency
necessary for quality education.
Many of our collegues and friends
have attended D to enhance professional skills, prepare for a career
change, or to receive an Associate’s
degree. D has trained, and continues to train, much
of this region’s skilled workforce. D remains affordable
and accessible to even the most remote areas of western South Dakota.
• As a full regional partner in economic
development, D must be able to add new or expanded programs that
meet business and industry needs within months rather than years.
With a Rapid Response Fund, D wil be able to react in real-time
to emerging opportunities for economic development.
Teaching and Learning Tools
• Reduction in state resources has hindered D ’s
ability to replace equipment, add new technology, and adapt the facilities
to newer educational strategies. Your support will ensure that
D’s learning tools, professional staff, and facilities keep
up with the pace of change.
Developing 21st Century Learners
• Currently, 85% of D’s students require financial
assistance; yet many other do not qualify. D is seeking support
to expand student scholarship and loan programs for learners of all
ages and backgrounds.
Dakota has responded to the region’s changing
educational, cultural, and economic needs. D remains the
most affordable choice for higher education in the community. We
must now look to those it serves – individuals, alumni, and
corporations – and area foundations to ensure that its high
level of service continues.
Your investment is truly an investment
in the people, economic development, and quality of life of the entire
Campaign Chairs: Cheryl Chapman, P.E., Pete Cappa, Carolyn Mollers
Honorary Chairs: C. Eddie Clay, Carole Hillard,
Pete Cappa, Community Bank President
and District Manager, Wells Fargo Bank
Cheryl Chapman, President, Matrix
Carolyn Mollers, Black Hills businesswoman
Carole Hillard, former South Dakota
C. Eddie Clay, President, Fall River
Mary Loucks, Retired Vice President,
Wells Fargo Bank
WDTI Foundation Board of Directors
John Pence, chair