21st Century Equipment Donates $25,000 to Northeastern

Applied Technology Campus Expansion Project donations exceed a third of $6.7M goal

January 20, 2020

Northeastern Junior College received a $25,000 pledged donation from 21st Century Equipment this week to help fund expansion and modernization of the college’s Applied Technology Campus in Sterling.

“We see Northeastern as an important source of the kinds of skilled technical employees we need,” said Owen Palm, CEO of 21st Century Equipment. “We value the combination of professional soft skills, technical knowledge and rural, farm-culture experience of many Northeastern graduates. We’re looking forward to Northeastern’s completion of this project, and what it will do to make students even more valuable in their careers after college.”

“Thanks to generous donations like this from major regional companies like 21st Century Equipment, we will meet our objective to become the go-to source for highly-skilled, educated and professionally-trained personnel to industry and employers throughout this region of the U.S.,” said Lisa LeFevre, Northeastern’s vice president of administrative services and chair of the Applied Technology Campus Capital Campaign committee.                                         

“This expansion will enable us to meet workforce needs by enlarging and modernizing our hands-on learning labs for precision agriculture, wind turbine and machine maintenance, diesel and auto technology and welding,” she said. “Our sincere thanks to 21st Century Equipment for this generous donation to the project.”

21st Century Equipment $25,000 donation to Northeastern
Owen Palm, CEO of 21st Century Equipment, and Jay Lee, President of Northeastern, hold up a check representing a pledged donation of $25,000 from 21st Century Equipment

The capital campaign, which kicked off in July of 2019, has received approximately a third of its goal of $6.7 million projected to complete the expansion. The goal of the project is to complete construction in time to open for classes in the fall of 2021, and groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for late summer of this year.

About 21st Century Equipment

21st Century Equipment, based in Scottsbluff, Neb., is a leading John Deere dealership with 16 locations in Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado.  In addition to offering the full line of new John Deere agricultural equipment including row crop, four-wheel drive, track and compact utility tractors, 21st Century Equipment also provides a large selection of used agricultural equipment, construction, and lawn and garden equipment.  They also provide parts and service support for customers within the region.  For more information, visit

About Northeastern

Northeastern Junior College is Colorado’s premier two-year residential college. It is part of the Colorado Community College System and is institutionally accredited by NCA (HLC). Northeastern offers a wide variety of degree and certificate programs, along with career and technical education (CTE) and community classes. Northeastern offers four-year degree programs through participating four-year colleges.

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