Northland President Letter Regarding the Future of the Pioneer Football Program

To Students, Faculty & Staff,

I am writing to inform you that after much consideration, Northland Community & Technical College is discontinuing its intercollegiate football program, effective immediately.

The college conducted an extensive analysis of the program, including a review of data on program and support service costs, academic performance and persistence of players, as well as input from college faculty and staff, and community leaders.

This has been a difficult decision to make for our college, as we appreciate and value the commitment and passion that the players, coaches, staff, and supporters in our community have shown for the Northland football program over the years. We will work with our student athletes to help them get placed in other conference football programs.

I plan on working with the student senate to explore ways to reinvest the nearly $30,000 in student life fee funds allocated for the football program to strengthen current student activities and develop new student life opportunities. The college is committed to finding ways to strengthen and grow student activities on both the East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls campuses, including possible additions of more affordable team sports with broader appeal to the student population.

Thank you for your anticipated support of this decision.

Dennis Bona Ed.D.
Northland Community and Technical College

Northland Community and Technical College (Northland) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Northland also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and a satellite site in Roseau, Minnesota. Northland offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. Northland is a member of Minnesota State, the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.

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