Building Dedicated to Tom Rukavina at Mesabi Range College

Updated: 04/25/2014 10:45 PM
Created: 04/25/2014 10:44 PM

A former Iron Range lawmaker is being honored for his role in creating a unique educational opportunity.

Tom Rukavina's name now graces the Iron Range Engineering Building, at Mesabi Range College.

The official dedication of the Tom Rukavina Engineering Center took place Friday afternoon. 

Rukavina was the driving force in making sure students from the Range did not have to leave the area to get a four-year college degree. 

"I'm really humbled, and is is a real honor," Rukavina said. "There are a lot more people more deserving than me. But I'm feeling great, it's a great day. It's a dream that I had and that a lot of the students had, that they could get a four-year engineering degree, go to work, and stay on the Range if they chose to do so. I'm really happy that out of the fifty graduates, two-thirds of them are working right here in Northeastern Minnesota.

The program kicked off in 2009, and the first graduates got their degrees in 2011.

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