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It’s rare that just the mention of a name can bring a smile to your face. At least, that’s certainly the case for the late Ralph Newell, a longtime advocate and champion of Northwest College. A major proponent for the value of community colleges, he served on the NWC Board of Trustees from 1992-2002 and on the Foundation Board from 2005-2010.

But Newell, who had a longstanding passion for education, didn’t always have his sights set on NWC. Learn more about Newell and his story at nwc.edu/a/ralph-newell-08-2021

With gifts received totaling more than $107,435, the fundraising initiative aimed to raise critical funding and ensure the sustainability of NWC.  For every 50 donors, a $5,000 bonus was unlocked and added to the total Giving Day donations. Not only was the original goal of 250 donors nearly doubled, but all five $5,000 bonuses were unlocked early in the evening.  To learn more about NWC’s first Giving Day, visit http://nwcollegefoundation.org/givingday.


First NWC Giving Day a major success
More than 464 donors of the Trapper Family — ranging from alumni and current students to friends of Northwest  — joined forces over the course of 24 hours March 25 to make Northwest College’s first Giving Day a great success.

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“He loved the College, and he loved his role on the board. He thought community colleges serve such a huge purpose and provide such wonderful value to people in rural areas.”
                                                                   – Nancy Gilmore

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Vibrancy: The Campaign for Northwest College celebrates our heritage and drives forward an imperative to transform our campus into an innovative, dynamic center for student learning and community vitality. We are moving forward to achieve a vibrancy in our buildings that matches the energy and drive of our students. We are putting their vision into practice. We are building a Student Center that enhances their out-of-classroom learning. This campaign intends to build a vibrant Student Center that will punctuate Northwest College’s sense of community and inclusion. The new Student Center will be a place of belonging – one that captures the Trapper spirit.