The mission of the Northland Community & Technical College Foundation is to support the college by providing opportunities for contributors to invest in and enhance the educational experience of Northland’s students.

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Our History

In 1975, a group of progressive-minded individuals came up with the idea to attract more students to Northland Community College by building on-campus housing and award student scholarships. The original group was made up of approximately 18 people who gave $1,000 each. A plaque in our NCTC Foundation office currently honors those Charter members.

In 2003 Northland Community and Technical College merged with Northwest Technical Institute in East Grand Forks. The NCTC Foundation expanded it mission to include the East Grand Forks campus in 2005.

Today, over 400 contributors give at all different levels. These people share the same inspiring ideas of those Charter members.

In 2010, over 250 scholarships were awarded with a value of over $160,000. The Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships and college grants within the last five years.

Financial Integrity

The NCTC Foundation values financial integrity and responsibility. We understand that the donations, endowments, wills and trusts are given to make a significant impact in the lives of our students and college. We take this responsibility to heart.

Our Purpose

The purposes of the corporation are exclusively charitable and educational and shall be limited to charitable, scientific, and educational activities consistent with the organizations qualifying for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our Leadership

The NCTC Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets quarterly every fiscal year.

The Board of Directors has also established several working committees to oversee the Foundation. They are:

  • Executive Committee

  • Finance Committee

  • Scholarship Committee

Lars Dyrud serves as the foundation’s Executive Director, and Abdul Chamma serves as the foundation’s Housing Coordinator.

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Northland Community & Technical College Foundation is a registered 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Minnesota. Our mission is to support the college by providing opportunities for contributors to invest in and enhance the educational experience of Northland students.