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NRTC endows a technology scholarship

NRTC endows a technology scholarship

NRTC endows a technology scholarship at Southwestern Michigan College in honor of Midwest Energy & Communications

(Cassopolis, MI) -- NRTC, a member-owned technology cooperative based in Herndon, VA, recently endowed a technology scholarship at Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) in honor of Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC).

NRTC is a key partner behind MEC's fiber internet project, providing critical support with engineering, construction and materials management, systems development, and business planning. They announced the scholarship in celebration of the successful completion of MEC's initial five-year southwest Michigan fiber deployment, which resulted in the connection of more than 10,000 rural homes and businesses.

"MEC has emerged as a national leader and pioneer in rural broadband, successfully living out their mission of delivering first-in-class solutions where others won't," said Greg Santoro, NRTC Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. "We're honored for the trust they placed in NRTC to be part of this important endeavor, and thrilled to recognize their efforts with this scholarship."

The Midwest Energy & Communications Technology Scholarship will be presented annually beginning in the fall of 2021 to an MEC customer studying telecommunications, engineering, computer science or another technology-related field at SMC. SMC is a community college based in Dowagiac, MI and is served by MEC for both electricity and fiber internet.

"We are very thankful to our community partner, Midwest Energy & Communications, for their generous support of our technology students at Southwestern Michigan College. Midwest has been a great partner for SMC, hiring many of our students when they complete their degrees. Supporting students at the beginning of their programs is just another wonderful contribution to our students' lives and future careers. Many of our students could not attend college without financial support, therefore this is an incredibly generous gift, literally helping generations of students in the future," said Stacy Horner Young, Dean of the Schools of Business and Advanced Technology.

About Midwest Energy & Communications

Midwest Energy & Communications creates vibrant, relevant, sustainable rural communities by providing first-in-class electric distribution, propane, and fiber internet solutions to more than 40,000 customers in 15 counties across southern Michigan and northern Indiana and Ohio.

About NRTC

NRTC is Member Driven and Technology Focused, providing solutions that help our 1,500 electric and telephone members bring all of the advantages of today's evolving technology to rural America. NRTC's products and services are developed specifically to meet the needs of rural utilities and their customers, and include integrated smart grid and utility solutions, advanced energy, broadband infrastructure and managed network services, wireless technologies and programming distribution capabilities for video providers.

About Southwestern Michigan College

Southwestern Michigan College is a public, residential and commuter community college founded in 1964. The college delivers above-average graduation/transfer rates compared to other community colleges nationally and student college-level course success that is consistently in the top 25 percent of two-year colleges nationally. SMC strives to be the college of first choice, to provide the programs and services that meet the needs of students and to serve our community. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Photo ID: (L to R) Chris Martin, NRTC Vice President of Member and Industry Relations; Bob Hance, MEC President/CEO; Greg Santoro, NRTC Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer; and Eric Freesmeier, Broadband Development Solutions President/CEO.