OLC Meets Kresge Challenge for New CenterSep 15th, 1999 | By tcj | Category: 11-1: 10th Anniversary Issue, Tribal College News
Oglala Lakota College (OLC) has met its goal of raising over $1.3 million in order to obtain a $650,000 Kresge Foundation challenge grant, according to OLC President Thomas Shortbull. Ground was broken March 1 for the new Rapid City College Center, and it was expected to be completed by early fall. The 12,000 square foot instructional center is next to the Mother Butler Center. It will contain 11 classrooms, 3 offices, a small library area, and a student lounge.
To construct the Rapid City College Center, OLC received a $300,000 grant from the Bush Foundation, $50,000 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, and raised over $200,000 in the Rapid City community. A grant from the National Science Foundation will assist in furnishing the new college center with state of the art computers and distance learning capabilities.
OLC is two years ahead of schedule on its 10-year capital campaign to build a new college center at each of OLC’s 10 instructional sites and a new library. Shortbull believes the growing enrollment can be attributed to the new college centers.