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 5, 2022

Southwest Tech receives $2,000 grant from Platteville Community Fund

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The Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Foundation has received a $2,000 grant from the Platteville Community Fund’s Fall 2022 Grant Cycle of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. The grant funds will be used to support Southwest Tech’s Charger Dream Fund. The grant will provide funding for at least four students in need during the 2022-23 academic year.

The Charger Dream Fund was established to assist Southwest Tech students who are experiencing a financial emergency that may cause them to have to choose between continuing their education or dropping out of school to pay for the emergency. In the 2021-22 academic year, 142 Southwest Tech students received more than $48,000 in Charger Dream grants to help them through a financial emergency. Students have used the emergency grant for expenses such as unexpected car repairs, medical bills, utility bills, and rent.

Brianna Williamson (left), Southwest Tech recruiter/alumni and development specialist, accepts the Platteville Community Fund presented by Cindy Tang (right), Platteville Community Fund board president.

The Southwest Tech Foundation is appreciative of the gift from the Platteville Community Fund. Gina Udelhofen, annual giving/donor relations coordinator, said, “we are very proud and grateful to be one of nine local nonprofit organizations or projects selected to receive a combined nearly $24,000 in grants to improve and enhance the community.”

This grant is made available from the Community Foundation’s Schneller – Tang Community Fund of the Platteville Community Fund and the Ralph and Joan Faherty Family Community Endowment of the Platteville Community Fund. The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin is a resource for area nonprofit organizations whose programs and services are working for the betterment of area communities. Grants from the Morse Family Fund of the Lancaster Community Fund have supported the arts, education, environment, health and human services, and historic preservation.

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.

For more information on how to support the community through the Community Foundation, contact Dave Murphy at or by phone (608) 758-0883 ext. 7010 or visit


| Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, a finalist for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, 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, HyFlex 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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