The Central Lakes College Heavy Equipment Operations and Maintenance program netted $15,227 from the sixth annual fund-raising golf tournament at Oak Glen Country Club in Stillwater.
Sponsor Frattalone Excavating and Grading Inc., Little Canada, has raised $90,768.47 in six years for the program, which is based on the west campus near Staples. That is a yearly average of $15,128.
Frank Frattalone, a 1969 program graduate, owns and operates the business that not only has sponsored the benefit but also donated equipment for use in training students. A number of CLC graduates are among the more than 200 equipment operators employed at the firm.
"I feel I received a good education for the field I entered," said Frattalone. "I enjoy being able to give something back and help maintain the excellent training at one of our country's few heavy equipment programs."
The golf event's history of success is evident by the following annual amounts that have been raised for the college program: 1999, $14,203; 2000, $15,110.77; 2001, $16,994; 2002, $15,633.70; 2003, $13,600; 2004, $15,227.
The west campus, where the program is located, includes 360 acres of space that includes the 15,500-square-foot classroom and laboratory, as well as a large acreage where excavation training is offered using millions of dollars' worth of machinery.
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