Donations to the SWWC Foundation support a variety of regional student enrichment opportunities for K-12 students. Events held since the start of the 2022-23 school year are highlighted below. 

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Student welding

The Southwest Minnesota Career Expo was sponsored by the Southwest Initiative Foundation and the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board. Over 2,100 students from 33 schools attended the Southwest Minnesota Career Expo held on October 4 in Worthington and October 5 in Marshall. We heard from many teachers, students and exhibitors that it was a valuable opportunity to expose students to what Southwest Minnesota has to offer.

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big machinery simulator

Over 620 students from across the region attended the Conference for Young Artists held on October 26 at SMSU. After listening to keynote speaker, Ventriloquist Kevin Horner, students attended three hands-on breakout sessions. 


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

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student painting
student at pottery wheel

The Photography Competition was held on December 2 at SWWC in Marshall. Twenty-three students from four schools (Heron Lake-Okabena, Marshall, Redwood Area and Tri-City United) competed in a variety of categories. Mark Brendemuehl taught the students about Wildlife Photography and Wade McDonald gave a hands-on demonstration of creating commercial images of liquids with a custom-built glass-crashing cart. Amy Pawelk and Wade McDonald shared information about careers available in photography, graphic design, and multi-media.

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3rd place photo
1st place photo
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Junior High Knowledge Bowl Sub-Regionals were held in December and the Super Regional was held on January 6. Below are pictures of the top two teams from the Super Regional. Congratulations to all 280+ students who took part in JHKB this year!

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first place team
second place team
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The Conference for Young Writers was held held on Friday, January 6. Over 300 students from the region attended a keynote session followed by breakout sessions conducted by 14 presenters. The conference was sponsored by the Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation.

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students at the conference

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. 

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SWMN Workforce Development Board logo
Southwest Initiative Foundation logo
Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation logo
UW McLeod County logo
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Redwood Electric Cooperative logo
MN Valley REC logo
Meeker Cooperative logo
Federated Rural Electric logo
Kandiyohi Power logo
Renville Sibley Coop Power logo
Sioux Valley Energy logo

SWWC Foundation for Innovation in Education

1420 East College Drive

Marshall, MN 56258