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SBA receives investment in Industrial Arts Education program

Posted: Friday, Jul 25th, 2014

From left, are Dakota Energy Cooperative’s (DEC) Manager of Finance Mike Moncur, DEC Board President Garry Dearborn, Sunshine Bible Academy Superintendent Jason Watson, CEO/General Manager Daniel Webster, and industrial arts instructor Todd Seaman. In the next photo, touring the welding shop at SBA are, from left, Moncur, Seaman, Webster and Dearborn. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Dakota Energy Cooperative (DEC), CoBank and Basin Electric Power Cooperative each gave a $5,000 donation to Sunshine Bible Academy’s (SBA) Industrial Arts Expansion Project.

The project’s goal is to increase the number of students who will pursue a vocational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related career in South Dakota. The program expansion will increase student enrollment and course options. It will provide students with theory and hands-on opportunities to gain skills related to STEM careers, including engineering, electronics, robotics, welding and building trades. Program graduates will be ready for either entry-level positions or higher education programs in the fields of engineering, energy or construction.

One of the matching contributions was given by DEC. The Cooperative Board felt this investment in SBA provides a way to further their goals and its’ students life skills. It also is an important part of DEC’s new Mission Statement “Service for Your Way of Life.” DEC believes in helping its’ members like SBA achieve their objectives which in turn helps to build stronger rural communities.

Funds for this donation was also given by CoBank’s “Sharing Success Program.” This program is designed to celebrate a vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country. Partnering with rural electric cooperatives, like Dakota Energy, to support worthy causes is a great way for CoBank and Dakota Energy to make a positive impact and fulfill its mission of service to Rural America.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative also gave matching funds to Sunshine Bible Academy. Basin’s Charitable Giving Program gives back to their member cooperative organizations that help keep our communities strong and growing. This is a vital part of their cooperative mission. Without charitable programs and non-profit services, the communities where our members live and work would not thrive as they do. We know that financial contributions are important to helping service organizations grow and function efficiently. DEC is a member of Basin Electric Power Cooperative in Bismarck, N.D.

For the complete article see the 07-24-2014 issue.

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