Western Tech’s ag and horticulture programs receive $50,000 grant

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Compeer Financial awarded a $50,000 grant to Western Technical College’s agriculture and horticulture programs Wednesday.

The funding is from Compeer Financial’s “Agriculture and Rural Initiative” which Western says they will use to purchase simulator equipment for hydroponic farming, which involves the growing of plants without soil.

“Compeer’s support of technical colleges through these grants comes at just the right time, especially here at Western,” said Dona Goede, instructor for the Agri-Business Science Technology program at Western. “All of our agricultural programs are evolving as the industry changes. This grant will not only help us procure the technology we need in the classroom to teach the future employees in the industry, but it will also help us get the word out about the first-rate educational opportunities that we have right here in the region.”

In addition to the grant, the initiative provided two annual $1,250 scholarships to award students enrolled in agriculture programs. Western was one of only five colleges in Wisconsin receiving grant money from the initiative. To learn more about Western’s agriculture and horticulture programs, visit their website.

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