John Deere Waterloo finances part of the renovation of the UNI Industrial Technology Center | Archive
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – John Deere Waterloo will donate $ 750,000 to the University of Northern Iowa through the UNI Foundation for the Industrial Technology Center Renovation and Modernization Project university.
UNI’s request for $ 40.5 million for the state to fund the project was approved in 2020. While the state funds the three-year project, John Deere’s contribution will go to a fundraising campaign. private fund of $ 4.2 million for furnishings and equipment for the new facility.
John Deere is the largest recruiter of graduates in the UNI Department of Technology, according to a university statement. John Deere’s $ 750,000 donation to the department is the largest to date for the university, but the company also advises university programs and invests in students.
“John Deere is delighted to partner with the University of Northern Iowa on the renovation and expansion of the Industrial Technology Center. This modernization project aligns with the need for innovation and more advanced manufacturing technologies in our industry, which will also empower the future workforce. UNI is the only public university in Iowa to hold these specific technology degrees, which is an important talent pool for Cedar Valley, ”said Becky Guinn, plant manager at Waterloo Works. “The Department of Technology specifically plays an important role in the state because a large percentage of graduates continue to work in Iowa. John Deere’s Smart Industrial strategy is focused on cutting edge technology, which is just one of the reasons for this investment and our continued collaboration with UNI.
The Industrial Technology Center was built in 1974 and after four decades it now lacks sufficient space and is in need of maintenance. The project will allow both to renovate the existing spaces but also to expand. The university says the expansion will allow the department to increase enrollment by 40 percent.
“We are grateful for John Deere’s investment in helping UNI build the workforce that tomorrow’s workforce needs,” said UNI President Mark A. Nook. “This generous commitment to the Industrial Technology Center modernization project will provide our students with the tools necessary to succeed in a 21st century economy and will contribute to our efforts to develop the labor pool for some of the most important industrial sectors. most needy in the state of Iowa. ”
You can read more about the renovation / expansion project here.