News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kim Schmelz, External Relations & Alumni Development
Phone: 608.822.2379
Mail: 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
Date of Release: April 28, 2020

Southwest Tech Foundation creates S.O.S. fund

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The Southwest Tech Foundation has created the Support Our Students (S.O.S.) Fund to support current students in the most impactful ways possible throughout the crisis.  Uses of the fund include but are not limited to:

  • Emergency grants– similar to the Charger Dream emergency grants, these grants will be awarded to students facing a financial emergency due to the COVID-19 crisis, such as an unplanned purchase of a computer or increased data needs for connectivity for online and alternative learning.
  • Purchase of technology or technology licenses to supplement and/or substitute clinical and hands-on learning. This technology would provide students hands-on experiences during a time when most students are not allowed in clinical sites.
  • Meal vouchers for off-campus meals for students who previously relied on college dining services and on-campus meal vouchers and programs like Feed a Charger and Charge Forward Breakfast Club.

“Southwest Tech continues to increase services to assist our students, and monetary support will help us be successful in this effort and in turn, help our students be successful and stay on track for graduation,” said Holly Clendenen, Executive Director of the Southwest Tech Foundation.  Donations can be made online at or by sending a check to the Southwest Tech Foundation – 1800 Bronson Blvd. Fennimore, WI 53809.

 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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