Dordt exceeds STEM funding goals

Dordt exceeds STEM funding goals

Dordt College has completed funding for its new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) facilities, topping its goal of $27 million over a nine-year span.

The project was divided into two phases. The first phase began in October 2008; the goal was to construct a link connecting the Science and Technology Center to the Ribbens Academic Complex as well as to provide new office space and study areas. The $12 million first phase was completed in September 2014.

“Collaboration between individuals and disciplines will be one of the defining features of 21st century science,” said Dr. Kayt Frisch, professor of engineering and physics at Dordt. “The lab facilities and especially the communal workspaces allow this sort of collaboration to happen organically—already it’s been great to hear the discussions and watch students and faculty use the spaces created during the first phase.”

The second phase, which focused on the remodeling of existing labs and classrooms in the Science and Technology Center, began in October 2015. The college set a goal of raising $15 million before October 2017 and successfully met their goal with one month to spare.

“The new facilities are awesome,” said Dr. Carl Fictorie, professor of chemistry at Dordt. “The larger labs provide safer spaces to work, with better opportunities for students to work together and for instructors to engage personally with the students.  This is already enhancing the mentor-apprentice relationship that we strive for with our students.”

With the Science and Technology Center improvements, Dordt students now have access to project-based learning spaces for researching and design; they can also utilize technology-enabled classrooms that enhance learning experiences.

“We definitely have a generous and committed donor constituency that believes in our mission and vision,” said John Baas, vice president for advancement at Dordt. “They want to make an impact in the lives of our students and, through them, in God’s kingdom. That is a tremendous encouragement to those of us who serve here.”

The new facilities were dedicated during Defender Days in October 2017.

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt College seeks to equip students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive college named to the best college lists by Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report,, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review. To learn more about Dordt College, visit