Botetourt County Students Get More Tech Tools & Training with Support from AT&T

Students in Botetourt County will have access to new tech tools and training to help them prepare for future careers thanks to a $30,000 contribution from AT&T.

The contribution to the Botetourt County Public Schools Education Foundation will support the purchase of a laser cutter and 3-D printer that will allow high school students to develop the computer aided drafting skills commonly used in industry.

Vince Apruzzese, AT&T’s regional vice president for External Affairs, joined Virginia State Delegate Terry Austin; Bob Patterson with the Foundation; Botetourt County School Board and administration; Dr. Bobby Sandel, president, Virginia Western Community College; and students to make the announcement during a special event at Botetourt Technical Education Center in Fincastle.

“Here in Botetourt County, we work hard to ensure that our young people have the tools and skills they need to succeed. Thanks to AT&T’s generous contribution to the Foundation, students will have the opportunity to utilize the latest technology to cut, build, and create. Today exemplifies the positive effects that a public partnership with private industry can have on our children and community,” said Del. Austin.

Mr. John Busher, Division Superintendent of the Botetourt County Schools, said the new resources will give students even more hands-on training for jobs in the region.

“Botetourt County is experiencing growth in the high-performance manufacturing industry sector. Automated systems are found in almost every industry today. In collaboration with Virginia Western Community College, Botetourt County Public Schools has implemented a MecLab Training System which will provide hands-on problem based learning in Mechatronics Engineering. The AT&T contribution, to further enhance the Mechatronics Lab, is greatly appreciated as well as the continued financial support to the school system by the Botetourt Education Foundation,” Busher said.

“At AT&T, we work in communities across the Commonwealth, supporting programs that will make a difference in the lives of Virginians. This contribution will give Botetourt County students access to equipment and training they will need for careers,” said Apruzzese.

Botetourt County Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit, tax-exempt Foundation created in 1994 by business leaders and others interested in supporting quality education in Botetourt County. The Foundation’s mission is to further educational opportunities for all students in the Botetourt County School System as a primary objective and to provide assistance and encouragement to teachers, administrators and staff through the development and application of financial resources.

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

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