News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Brianna Williamson, Recruiter/Alumni & Development Specialist
Phone: 608.822.2483
Mail: 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
Date of Release: December 20, 2021

Southwest Tech Foundation awarded $2,500 from Dupaco

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The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Foundation was awarded a $2,500 grant in June 2021 from the Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation to be used to support Southwest Tech students in need through the Charger Dream Fund.

The Charger Dream Fund assists students through financial emergencies by awarding one-time grants up to $500 in order that their education not be interrupted by an unexpected financial emergency. The Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation aims to transform sudden and unexpected economic hardships into financially sustainable outcomes for individuals and families.

Since Sept. 1, 2021 the Southwest Tech Foundation has awarded more than $12,000 in Charger Dream grants, and an additional $13,700 in grants from similar funds that are provided by the Wisconsin Technical College System or were developed specifically for COVID-19 related emergencies. In total, these funds have provided assistance for 67 students. “Southwest Tech is grateful to have received this support from Dupaco’s R.W. Hoefer Foundation. Their mission to support individuals and families in unexpected hardships directly aligns with the students we support through the Charger Dream Fund,” said Kim Schmelz, Southwest Tech Foundation director.

For more information about the Charger Dream Fund or other funding opportunities with Southwest Tech contact the Southwest Tech Foundation office at 608.822.2379.


| Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is one of 16 institutions that comprise the Wisconsin Technical College System. Southwest Tech offers more than 60 programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are offered on campus, online and in a blended format. The college provides apprenticeship, certificate, technical diploma, and associate degree programs that respond to district workforce needs and prepare student for family-sustaining jobs and career advancement. |

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