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Doherty donates $15,000 to Minnesota West

OWATONNA -- Doherty Staffing Solutions executives presented a check for $15,000 to Minnesota West Community and Technical College Oct. 22 at the Doherty office in Owatonna.

On hand to accept the funds for Minnesota West were Dawn Regnier, director of customized training; Les Kvam, program coordinator -- manufacturing and trade; and Dr. Richard Shrubb, president of the Worthington campus. Doherty's donation to Minnesota West is the first fundraising project the staffing company has completed for the college.

The funds are earmarked for a new portable classroom on campus, a self-contained welding trailer. The welding training program is a jobs initiative partially funded by the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Board for students and dislocated workers in rural Minnesota, to address a shortage of skilled welders in the region.

"Our contribution to Minnesota West Community and Technical College is the beginning of a new partnership with the college and the communities it serves in southwest Minnesota," Doherty Staffing Solutions Chairman and owner Tim Doherty said. "This contribution, along with that of other organizations, helps build relationships between private and public institutions, which is the best way to develop a strong and dynamic economy.

"Cities that Minnesota West serves -- like Marshall, Worthington and Pipestone -- need skilled welders as well as workers and new entrepreneurs to grow and attract industry, and to keep Minnesota's workforce the best in the nation. The Doherty family and companies are proud to be part of this important endeavor."