Donations to the SWWC Foundation support a variety of regional student enrichment opportunities for K-12 students. Events held since the start of the 2023-24 school year are highlighted below. 

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The Southwest Minnesota Career Expo, sponsored by the SW MN Workforce Development Board and the Southwest Initiative Foundation, was held in Worthington and Marshall at the end of September. Over 2,100 high school sophomores attended and visited with over 130 exhibitors showcasing careers in southwest Minnesota.

Student at simulator
students welding
game show session
students with safety belts

Over 600 students from across the region attended the Conference for Young Artists held on October 25 at SMSU. After listening to keynote speaker, Author/Illustrator Gary Harbo, students attended three hands-on breakout sessions. 


THANK YOU to the conference sponsor, the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council!

YA Conference logo
students painting
students painting
students in breakout session
students at art table
photography competition logo
1st place  elements of design

The Photography Competition was held on December 1 at SWWC in Marshall. Seventeen students from Heron Lake-Okabena and Yellow Medicine East competed in a variety of categories.

people's choice
1st place photo nature
first place people

Junior High Knowledge Bowl Sub-Regionals were held in December and the Super Regional was held on January 3. Below are pictures of the top two teams from the Super Regional. Congratulations to all 248 students who took part in JHKB this year!

JHKB logo
first place team
second place team
YW logo

The Conference for Young Writers was held on Thursday, January 4 at Southwest Minnesota State University. Over 260 students from the region attended a keynote session with Erin Soderberg Drowning, children's book author, followed by breakout sessions. The conference was sponsored by the Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation.

presenter talking with students
students at the conference

For the very first time in Marshall, a Minnesota First Tech Challenge qualifier was held Saturday, January 27! FTC is part of an international robotics program that includes more than 6,700 teams globally. High Tech Kids, in partnership with FIRST, has been bringing FIRST Tech Challenge to Minnesota since 2013.  

robotics in action
first tech challenge logo
judge looking at robot
first tech challenge

We are thankful for all the businesses, foundations and individuals who support our mission. We invite you to join that group! Donations of all sizes make a difference. 

Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation logo
SMAC logo
Carr Family Foundation logo
Southwest Initiative Foundation logo
Schwan logo
Kandiyohi Power logo
United Way of Nobles County logo
Great River Energy logo
Brown County REA logo
Sioux Valley Energy logo
Redwood Electric Cooperative logo
Lyon Lincoln Electric logo
Federated Rural Electric logo
Meeker Cooperative logo
Agralite Electric logo

SWWC Foundation for Innovation in Education

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Marshall, MN 56258