Northwest Tech Students Receive Emergency COVID-19 Relief

Ann Humphrey, associate director of retention at Northwest Tech's American Indian Resource Center, handing a laptop to a grant recipient
Ann Humphrey, associate director of retention at Northwest Tech’s American Indian Resource Center

On Nov. 1, Northwest Technical College and Bemidji State University began distributing laptops to students awarded the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief grant funding. The nearly $500,000 grant was used to purchase and provide distance learning technology to students in need.

This is the second year of a three-year grant that will allow Bemidji State and Northwest Tech to award 125 laptops and 30 stipends for hotspots, jetpacks and data plans to students each year.

Chrissy Downwind, executive director of BSU’s American Indian Resource Center, says the grant program addresses a critical need to provide the technology necessary for underserved students to continue receiving access to educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic.




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit