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LCO Ojibwe College Announces the Kickoff of Its Capital Campaign

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) kicked off its first capital campaign on Monday, July 13, 2020. This fundraising campaign is the first of its kind for the College and has a goal of raising $250,000 over two years.

“I see this as an opportunity to not only grow our scholarship fund and awards, but as an opportunity to invite partners to invest in the future of education here in Northern Wisconsin, at Lac Courte Oreilles, Bad River, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, and St. Croix,” states Dr. Russell Swagger, President of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College.

Over the past few years, the College has established an Office of Advancement, created a Fundraising Advisory Board, created the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Student Scholarship Fund supported by donations and events, and secured its first endowed scholarship, the Gay I. & Harry C Leslie III Fund.

Most recently, The Eck Family Foundation and LCOOC have met to discuss opportunities for the College and the Eck Family Foundation to support student scholarships in an exciting way, committing to a gift of $100,000 to launch the campaign.

Bob Eck, Eck Family Foundation said, “Partnering with Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College meets our family foundation's goals of supporting measures addressing poverty and access to higher education, both of which are critical to address equality of opportunity. The growth that the College has had over the last two years is indicative of the growth they are poised for.”

During the next two years, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College will continue to enhance students’ abilities to focus on their education and to release concerns of their financial situations. This campaign will allow for this. No gift is too small.

“This next step for Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College in our growth strategy will propel us forward, the ability to support student success by reducing and removing barriers has had and will continue to have a profound effect on building a talented workforce that supports a thriving region.,” Monica Chase, Vice Chair of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College Board of Regents said.

To learn more about the capital campaign, visit the website at, call 715-634- 4790 ext. 186 or email About Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College’s mission is to provide Anishinaabe communities with post- secondary and continuing education while advancing the language, culture, and history of the Ojibwe. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (LCOOC) is a non-profit Ojibwe tribal college. Our focus is to help Native students advance themselves in the world, while studying their own history and language. We are an open-door institution which welcomes anyone who would like to work toward a better tomorrow. LCOOC does not discriminate based upon race and will not deny admission to any Native student regardless of tribal enrollment or affiliation.

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