Turtle Mountain Community College Foundation Receives Major Gift from Dacotah Bank

Rolla, ND – Dan Vollmer, Dacotah Bank’s regional president in Rolla, has announced the bank recently donated $25,000.00 to the new foundation for Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC). Deana DeFoe, director of the foundation, welcomed the gift saying, “we understand that diversifying TMCC’s traditionally federally-funded revenue stream is critical to the growth and sustainability of the locally-accessible, higher educational opportunities TMCC provides. Financial support such as the generosity of Dacotah Bank will work to ensure we’ll have the resources we need to make postsecondary degree attainment a reality for many more students.” 


According the school’s website, TMCC was founded in 1972 with a mission of focusing on general studies, undergraduate education, career and technical education, scholarly research, and continuous improvement of student learning in which the cultural and social heritage of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa is brought to bear throughout the curriculum.


The main campus is located just north of Belcourt and houses a 165,000 square foot academic building on 123 acres. The facility houses technology, finance, general classrooms, science, math and engineering classes and labs, library and archives, learning resource centers, faculty area, student services area, gymnasium, auditorium, career and technical education facility, and mechanical center.


TMCC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), a community of tribal and federally-chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The college near Belcourt generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means of accessing education beyond high school.


More than 3,000 alumni have passed through TMCC and the school now serves about 800 students per year. TMCC president Jim Davis wrote in the November 2012 foundation newsletter that “we must be action-oriented because we know that creating our future is not ‘someone else’s job – but is our job here today. We will be asking for everyone’s help in giving their time, talents, and dollars as they are able.” The foundation’s vision is to create a world where our children, our grandchildren, and their children will have access to the quality educational programs that support their life’s passions and empower them to step forward and make concrete, lasting changes to create a brighter future.


Dacotah Bank serves over 50,000 customers in dozens of communities in North Dakota and South Dakota. Vollmer said Turtle Mountain Community College is very important to the local region and the entire footprint of the Dakota-grown community bank. “We are pleased to support TMCC’s new foundation with this major gift. Education is critical to the success of individuals and to the communities they reside in. Dacotah Bank has assumed this leadership role in support of the vitality of our community region and the success of students as employees and leaders of the future.”


Vollmer also referenced the foundation’s goals. “When I read the foundation’s mission to promote philanthropy, develop and manage permanent funds and endowments from a broad range of donors for the benefit of the Turtle Mountain Community College’s students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community it struck me as a natural alignment with Dacotah Bank. We have a goal and a responsibility to offer support, both monetary and with volunteers, and develop meaningful relationships for the long view for community strength.”


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