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Industries support M State Wadena scholarships

The Wadena Area College Foundation recently awarded $13,000 in industry-supported scholarships to students in the electrical line worker and telecommunications programs at M State Wadena.

Funds for the scholarships were donated by Crow Wing Power in Brainerd, Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Pelican Rapids, Otter Tail Power Co. in Fergus Falls, Stearns Electric in Melrose and Minnesota Cable Communications Association in St. Paul.

This year, for the first time, the electrical line worker program will graduate students with both one-year diplomas and two-year AAS degrees.

The Wadena Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to support the M State Wadena campus and its 700 students. For more information about the foundation and its scholarship programs, contact Nikki Hirschey, director of advancement, at or (218) 631-7931.

As a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System, M State serves more than 6,500 students in credit courses each term through more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and online. By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.