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Dunwoody students give back to Harriet Tubman Center

NECA, WITC students partner with Graybar Electric Supply and Valspar.

Twenty volunteers spent last Sunday afternoon painting playroom walls at Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood as part of a community service project.

Electrical student Cody Malinak, left, and Hannah McCormack, right, who will start classes at Dunwoody in the fall studying robotics.

Current students from the College’s National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Chapter and the Women In Technical Careers (WITC) scholarship program participated. They were joined by partners from Graybar Electric Supply and used paint donated by Valspar.

The Tubman Center is Minnesota’s largest service provider to victims of domestic violence.

Toyota’s Technician Training & Education Network student Kristina Ellis said she learned about the volunteer opportunity through WITC and was eager to give back. She credits WITC as the reason she is able to attend college and pursue the dream of owning her own shop one day.

Dunwoody Automotive student Kristina Ellis

“Anything to be able to give back a little bit to show my appreciation for the scholarship that I received, because it’s the only reason I’m actually able to go to school,” Ellis said.

NECA students have a history with the Center. This past winter, they performed an energy audit of the space as part of the Chapter’s Green Energy Challenge.