Normandale Receives Funding For New Engineering Equipment

Normandale Community College received equipment for its Engineering program that will support education and workplace training for high-demand occupations through state appropriation, and private funding from Donaldson Company and the Normandale Foundation.

Through state appropriation and private funding, the Engineering Department received computerized numeric control (CNC) equipment, a 3D scanner and printer, laser engraver and cutter, and an exhaust system for its Fabrication Laboratory.

Overall, the cost of the equipment was $62,563. The Legislative Leveraged Equipment Fund, which the state appropriated for 15 different schools in the MnSCU system, provided $29,291 toward the purchase of the equipment. The contributions of $33,272 from the Donaldson Foundation and the Normandale Foundation combined with the state appropriation allowed the college to receive this state of the art equipment.

“Normandale consistently strives to provide resources for our students that will directly translate into valuable workforce experiences,” said Normandale Community College President Joe Opatz. “I would like to thank Governor Mark Dayton, the legislature, Donaldson Foundation and Normandale’s Foundation for providing the resources to enhance the education of our engineering students, the Twin Cities Engineering program and the middle school students who attend our summer STEM camps. Through their generosity, we will have the quality equipment to educate successful engineers of the future at a high level in the Twin Cities.”

The equipment allows for greater educational opportunities and access for a variety of engineering students that attend Normandale during the year. This includes Normandale’s engineering students, the Twin Cities Engineering program and middle school girls who annually attend the college’s summer STEM camp to increase their knowledge.

“Normandale Community College and their programs align well with our Foundation’s mission of supporting education,” said Jessica Exley, President of the Donaldson Foundation. “We applaud Normandale’s commitment to expanding their quality STEM-based curriculum. Having advanced equipment and superior learning experiences are necessary to effectively prepare the next generation of innovators to work at technical companies such as Donaldson.”

Established in 1966, the Donaldson Foundation funds charitable causes on behalf of Donaldson Company, Inc. Since 1991, the Donaldson Foundation has contributed 2% of the Company’s earnings each year, making it a Minnesota Keystone participant. Its mission is to positively impact the communities in which its employees live and work by supporting education. To learn more about the Donaldson Foundation, visit the website at http://www.donaldson.com/en/about/community/foundation.html.

About Donaldson Company

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems that improve people’s lives, enhance our Customers’ equipment performance, and protect our environment. We are a technology-driven Company committed to satisfying our Customers’ needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development, application expertise, and global presence. Our approximately 13,600 employees contribute to the Company’s success by supporting our Customers at our more than 100 sales, manufacturing, and distribution locations around the world.

Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 and Russell 1000 indices, and our shares trade on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional information is available at www.donaldson.com.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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