SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - The Western Nebraska Community College Foundation received a $25,000 donation from Nebraska Machinery Company for WNCC's Diesel, Truck & Heavy Equipment Technology program. 

Gering NMC Branch Operations Manager Bob Sorok presented the check to the Foundation at the September WCCA Board of Governors meeting. The donation was also eligible for a $25,000 matching grant from the Caterpillar Foundation that the WNCC Foundation applied for and received this month, doubling the gift total. 

The funds will be used to purchase educational materials and supplies for the program to support the student's growth and development. 

"Matching grants are a powerful opportunity for community organizations to multiply their gifts and double the impact they have on our students and programs at WNCC," WNCC Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Reisig said. "We are so grateful to Nebraska Machinery Company for their ongoing support of our Diesel, Truck & Heavy Equipment program with their gift and facilitation of the matching grant from Caterpillar Foundation. Thank you, Bob Sorok, and the Gering NMC Branch for helping us train this workforce.”

NMC and the Caterpillar Foundation have been instrumental in helping the Diesel program. This donation is in addition to the $20,000 gift that NMC donated in June 2021, that also qualified for a match from the Caterpillar Foundation. WNCC students are also eligible to apply for the NMC Student Sponsorship Program that includes two years of paid tuition, books, fees, a complete toolbox and tool set, a personalized mentorship and guidance over the course of the program, paid internship(s) with hands-on experience, and employment and career progression opportunities with NMC. To learn more about the NMC Student Sponsorship program, visit