Big Bend CC ag program receives donation

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Courtesy photo Dany Cavadini (left), Northwest Farm Credit Service (second from left), and Scott Winkler of NWFCS present a check from the company’s foundation to Big Bend Community College president Terry Leas (center), Deam of Workforce Education Deneen Berry-Guerin (second from right) and BBCC foundation executive director LeAnne Parton (right).

MOSES LAKE — The agriculture program at Big Bend Community College will have an additional $2,000 for equipment in its brand-new plant and soil science lab. The “rural community grant” was awarded to the program by Northwest Farm Credit Services.

Dany Cavadini, a credit officer with the company, said the grant program is “a great way to give back to our community.” The agriculture program is one of those moving into the new Workforce Education Building, scheduled to open this fall.

The new building “will provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience,” Cavadini said. “Which is extremely valuable to the success of BBCC students and our community.”

Big Bend Community College Foundation Executive Director LeAnne Parton said the support the college receives from its business partners like NWFCS is “helping us to provide critical skills, certifications and hands-on learning to our students.”

The new workforce education center will provide about 129,000 square feet for a number of the college’s technical education programs.

The company is “an $11 billion financial cooperative providing financing and related services to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness, commercial fishermen, timber producers, rural homeowners and crop insurance customers in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska,” wrote Matt Killebrew, BBCC’s Director of Communications.

— Staff report

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