Marathon Petroleum Corp. has donated $35,000 to Mandan Public Schools to support a welding and agriculture mechanics program at Mandan High School.

"We are so thankful for this generous donation from our community partner, Marathon Petroleum. These funds will enable us to enhance our welding and (agriculture) education labs to provide a safe and modern experience for our students," said assistant superintendent Jeff Fastnacht.

The grant from Mandan Petroleum Corp., which owns the Mandan Refinery, will be used to update safety equipment and other lab equipment, according to a news release from the school district.

"At Marathon, community investment is an integral part of our business," said Ron Day, the company's public affairs manager. "We believe that promoting and contributing to the health and vitality of the communities in which we have the privilege to operate is essential to our success."

The grant will benefit about 150 high school students currently in the program, as well as future students.

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