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5 Students Earn MPMA Education Foundation Scholarships

Thursday, June 4, 2020  
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The Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association’s (MPMA) Education Foundation has awarded five $2,000 scholarships to local students who plan to pursue careers in manufacturing. The students include:

  • Keenan Dahl of Backus, Minn., is planning to major in welding at Alexandria Technical & Community College. He is graduating from Pine River-Backus High School this year, where he excelled in sports, music, and academics. Keenan was an Academic All-State in golf, an Academic All-Section in wrestling, on the All-State Academic Team in golf, on the honor roll, and an MVP in football, golf, and wrestling. 


  • Catie Lonergan of Anoka, Minn., is enrolled at Anoka Technical College and is majoring in machine trades. She is a 2019 graduate of Saint Francis High School where she was involved in the Youth Teaching Youth program, Saints Manufacturing, and track and field. She currently works at RMS, where she runs swiss machines for 25 hours a week during school and 40+ hours a week during breaks from school. She also works as a nanny for autistic children.


  • Ryan Neuman of Otsego, Minn., is enrolled at Alexandria Technical and Community College in the machine tool technology program. He is a 2019 graduate of Rogers High School, where he participated on the varsity trap team and was on the honor roll. He has been a mold apprentice at Mold-Tech Inc. since 2018, where he works part time while attending school.


  • Christopher Robasse of Wabasso, Minn., is enrolled at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Granite Falls in the precision machining program. He graduated from Wabasso High School in 2011, and graduated with honors from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While his work in the psychology field was rewarding, Christopher sought a creative outlet for design, career advancement, and personal achievement. He is also a volunteer EMT for the Wabasso Ambulance Service.


  • Maxwell Strege of Saint Michael, Minn., is planning to major in machine tool technology at Alexandria Technical & Community College. He is graduating this year from Saint Michael-Albertville High School. While in high school his activities included Super Mileage Club, ski club, and cross country. He was also involved in Boy Scouts and works as an apprentice machinist at Mold-Tech Inc.



The Foundation was formed to address the shortage of people entering the manufacturing field by supporting students, school technical programs, and educational institutions. The Foundation:

  • Awards scholarships to help motivated students with an interest in manufacturing get the training they need to become successful in the field.
  • Coordinates community and industry support to launch technical education programs, one high school at a time, at a fast pace.