The Crocker School District was recently awarded funding to purchase welding equipment.

The Crocker School District was recently awarded funding to purchase welding equipment.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning, announced funding for the Crocker R-II School District to purchase welding equipment for the Agriculture Department on Tuesday.

The school district received a Community Facility Loan in the amount of $4,500 and Community Facility Grant $5,500.

“School training is often associated with books. Students work to understand the application of concepts and theories to the world in which they live. But, developing skills, such as welding, is essential to the viability of the rural economy,” Dunning said.

“For many students, craftsman skills are critical.Students contribute to their hometowns by working in family businesses or on family farms. Obtaining valuable skills that can be used in the businesses or on the farms is necessary. Crocker R-II understands the importance of offering skill-based curriculum. This equipment will assist the district assure welding can be offered and practiced.”

Community Facility Grant and Loan Programs provide loans, grants, and loan guarantees for projects to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. This may include hospitals, fire protection, public safety, libraries, schools, day care centers as well as many other community-based initiatives.

USDA also works to develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas.


USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values.