Toolbox program helps BSC students and honors late program chair

Bismarck State College launched the Dean D. Gunsch Toolbox Program this week in honor of the longtime Automotive Technology program instructor and department chair. Gunsch quit teaching in May for health reasons and died August 29.

The Toolbox Program helps students entering Automotive Technology by providing toolboxes to use while attending school, decreasing start-up costs for students by up to $4,000.

The program was initiated by Gunsch and was one of many program improvements he worked on during his 34 years at BSC. Funded through the BSC Foundation, the program will provide program funds to purchase the toolboxes for incoming students while they attend BSC. At the end of their program, students will be able to purchase the toolboxes at discounts from various vendors. The Automotive Technology program has 34 students enrolled this year.

“Dean was very dedicated to the program and to students. So much of what he did over the years can’t be seen, so we wanted this program, the last of his many contributions, to have his name on it,” says Lee Friese, department chair and associate professor of automotive technology.

You can donate to the Dean D. Gunsch Toolbox Program through the BSC Foundation via mail, telephone or online.

BSC Foundation
PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
(800) 272-2586 or (701) 224-5700


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