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Dakota Electric Association recently awarded $10,000 from unclaimed capital credits to go to specific needs at three different school districts and Inver Hills Community College. Hastings, Inver Grove Heights and South St. Paul school districts and Inver Hills Community College were recipients of the donations and attended a recent Dakota Electric board meeting to receive the donations.

Hastings will use the money for its STEM program and robotics initiatives, along with life skills training for special needs students, among other things. South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights will use the money as they collaborate to improve their innovative Career and College Readiness Pathways program, which helps high school students earn educational certificates and learn about careers to help them succeed in post-secondary, two- and four-year degree programs. Inver Hills Community College will update their IT program equipment.

District representatives acknowledged their appreciation for Dakota Electric’s support of their educational efforts.

“We are happy to be able to provide financial support from unclaimed capital credits to worthwhile educational programs,” Board Chair Jim Sheldon said.