Mesa State College’s engineering program gets $100K donation

Mesa State College’s engineering endowment climbed closer to its goal of $750,000 in donations Tuesday with a $100,000 check from retired engineer S.J. “Arch” Archuleta of Palisade.

Archuleta presented the ceremonial $100,000 check at a kickoff event for the engineering endowment in the College Center. He said the engineering endowment has also been given $50,000 from local businesses.

The college officially launched its $5.7 million Legacy fundraising campaign in March. The campaign aims to build endowments for various programs, including engineering.

Archuleta has been a proponent of Mesa State’s mechanical engineering partnership with the University of Colorado since its inception three years ago, when he gave the program $1 million.

“The core wealth of a nation lies in the education of its citizenry at all levels and all degrees,” he said as he presented the six-figure check Tuesday.

Mesa State’s mechanical engineering program has 160 students. Nine students are expected to be in the program’s first graduating class next spring.


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