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NIACC receives $1 million grant, names new diesel building Hanson Family Foundation Diesel Technology Center

This news story was published on July 21, 2015.
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MASON CITY – The John K and Luise V Hanson Foundation has announced a $1 million gift to North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC). As a result of their generosity the brand new NIACC diesel building will become the Hanson Family Foundation Diesel Technology Center. It is the first named building included as a part of the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign.

“The Hanson Family Foundation is pleased to support the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign with a $1 million dollar grant, specifically to support the construction of a new diesel technology center and complete the music upgrades.

This diesel center will support the training of diesel mechanics so important to our rural economy and to support the servicing needed for expansion of diesel vehicles”, said John V. Hanson, Director of the Hanson Family Foundation.

According to Hanson “NIACC has played an important role in the training of workers at Winnebago and all businesses in North Iowa over the years and this gift reflects that commitment to the future. We encourage all businesses, foundations, and individuals to join us by donating to the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign.”

With construction almost complete, the newly named Hanson Family Foundation Diesel Technology Center will be an 8,000-square-foot diesel repair facility. The diesel technology program that runs out of the center provides training in the diagnosis, repair, and maintenance of heavy-duty agricultural equipment, over-the-road diesel trucks, and other heavy-duty diesel systems.

“On behalf of the entire NIACC community, our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, I would like to thank the John K and Luise V Hanson Foundation for their vision, support, and the trust they’ve placed in us,” NIACC President Steve Schulz said. “The impact of their generosity will be felt for many generations.”

The grant comes at a time of tremendous momentum for NIACC. The college recently kicked off a $15 million capital campaign that is receiving extraordinary support throughout the North Iowa region and beyond. “Large donations like this one are a strong show of support for NIACC’s mission and impact on the North Iowa community,” added Schulz. Additional information about the Keeping NIACC First capital campaign can be found at .

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