Friends of Central Lakes College contributed a record $1,878,040.89 to the school in 1999, according to the Gifts and Grants Summary announced by Kari Christiansen, director of business services.
While a significant amount was contributed by businesses in the form of supplies or equipment, government grants (such as from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office) accounted for $1.7 million. Just over $1 million was directed to CLC as fiscal agent for the Central Minnesota Distance Learning Network, a regional interactive television consortium.
In addition to the $1.8 million, in-kind donations of $117,098 were reported to bring the total value of gifts and grants to $1,995,138.89.
"Frankly, it's absolutely incredible," said Christiansen.
She said the total of nearly $2 million more than doubles the amount received the year before -- $976,760.
The largest receipts were as follows: $302,396 to the Small Business Development Center from the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development; $238,136 in Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grants; $148,123 to CLC Instruction and Academic Affairs; and $130,981 from the Minnesota Department of Economic security for the META-5 Displace Homemaker program.
These figures do not include gifts to the CLC Foundation, which is a separately managed trust designed to provide scholarships and other financial assistance to students of the college.
Private foundations gave gifts and grants valued at $93,510, while corporations and businesses contributed $52,158, individuals $14,303, and organizations $8,085.
Among the largest private foundations to donate was the Otto Bremer Foundation, which gave CLC a $30,000 Employment and Sufficiency Grant and a $25,500 High School Internship Grant. Other significant benefactors in this category: Happy Dancing Turtle Foundation, $10,000 to CLC Theatre, and Brainerd Sports Boosters, $5,500 for chairs and tables for the CLC gymnasium and $1,635 for other athletic program activities.
The two largest vocational education gifts went to programs on the Staples campus: $57,119 worth of hydraulic cylinders from Schwing America for the Heavy Equipment program and a $25,000 Ilford Omnipro paper processor from Image Experts for the Photo technology program.
The college's Business & Industry Center, which attracted $238,136 in job skills grants from the state in 1999, has announced three new grants to assist with training of employees in regional enterprises. They are $221,284 for RDO Frozen of Park Rapids and Nortrax Equipment (John Deere), $150,000 to train employees of Lakeland Mold Co., Brainerd, and $120,000 to train workers at Pequot Tool and Manufacturing Inc., Jenkins.
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