Thanks to the generosity of the Verizon Foundation a check for $24,500 was presented to benefit the Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC), a program formed and fostered by the Fairplex Education Foundation in 2008. Through strong collaborations between local educational entities, business and industry partners and Fairplex, CTECís goal is to educate and prepare students for real-world career and professional success. The program targets high school students and young adults with the desire to develop technical skills that provide career options.
Gary George, Verizon director of Government & External Affairs, presented the check to Fairplexís Susan Dowler, director of development, and Dan Harden, director of education. The money will help fund the myriad programs that CTEC offers to students who determine they are not destined to be college bound, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which is a strong focus area for the Verizon Foundation. Current CTEC courses include water technology, treatment and conservation, fleet maintenance, ceramics, fashion design/merchandising, construction, horticulture and hospitality, all of which are taught by certificated instructors.
The check presentation was made during CTECís open house Nov. 5. Guests in attendance toured classrooms and experienced the opportunities provided to its enrolled students. For information or to support CTEC and the Fairplex Education Foundation visit Fairplex.org or call the development department at (909) 865-4207.