Gillette College Receives Grant

Gillette College receives research grant from Peregrine Academic Services

Peregrine Academic Services has pledged $100,000 to Gillette College, college officials announced this week.
The donation will fund creative programming in Gillette College’s business program, supporting student and faculty research. Peregrine has pledged to donate the funds over the next five years.
“This donation from Peregrine will go a long way in creating new opportunities for students and faculty in the business program at Gillette College,” said GC Associate Dean of Academics Scott Engel.
“One area of interest that I am particularly excited about is the prospect of applied research. This research will benefit our community and enhance the experience of our students.”
Peregrine Academic Services, headquartered in Gillette, has approximately 250 client colleges and universities within the U.S. and throughout the world in 27 countries. The organization also includes Peregrine Leadership Institute.
The Gillette College Foundation will use matching funds through the state of Wyoming to double the funding. Peregrine officials said helping Gillette College students and faculty pursue more applied research was a driving force behind the donation.
“I think there is a need to better understand the economic value and construct of small business within Campbell County,” said Dr. Olin Oedekoven, co-owner and founder of Peregrine. “At the same time, I think there is an opportunity at Gillette College to become more engaged in the community through applied research.
“Our vision is to be able to provide the college with the necessary funding where professors and their students can go out and conduct meaningful research. The sky is the limit with what they discover and add value to our community.”
Gillette College business student Tessa Robinson is eager to kick start applied research projects within the community.
 “I think the community support of Gillette College is great,” said business student Tessa Robinson. “I think it’s good that we are growing, both on campus and in the community. I think that is really important.”

Cutline: From left, Peregrine Academic Services founder and co-owner, Dr. Olin Oedekoven, Gillette College business student Tessa Robinson and GC Associate Dean of Academics Scott Engel hold a check featuring Peregrine’s $100,000 donation to Gillette College. (Photo by Dennis Jacobs.)