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Dart Foundation presents two grants to HCPS

On September 25, Kevin McDermott and Cynthia Ramsey, Dart Foundation representatives, presented a check for $52,230 to Harford Community College (HCC) President Dr. Dianna G. Phillips on behalf of the Harford Community College Foundation (HCCF) and Dr. Sean Bulson, Superintendent, Harford County Public Schools (HCPS).
 
The funds will be used to equip and install three dual weld stations at Harford Technical High School. There are currently 11 weld stations at Harford Technical High School that provide training opportunities for 42 students in the HCPS welding program as well as 28 students enrolled in welding courses at HCC this year. There are a growing number of manufacturers in Harford County who have a need for employees certified as welders or knowledgeable in welding skills. Harford Technical High School students enrolled in the HCPS welding program as well as students enrolled in HCC’s Basic Machining Manufacturing certificate program will utilize the equipment to complete welding coursework and earn welding certification.
 
The new weld stations will accommodate additional students, expand classroom training, and replace equipment no longer utilized by the industry. Enhancing the training site at HCPS that is utilized by HCC will result in a well-trained workforce for our local manufacturers. Replacing outdated equipment allows students both at the College and high school to train on equipment that is currently being used in manufacturing and welding shops.
 
HCC’s Foundation is proud of the partnership between the College and HCPS to provide the best trained workforce for our local employer base.


Left to right:  Joseph Collins, Principal of Harford Technical High School; William Fuentes, Certified Welding Instructor with Harford County Public Schools and Harford Community College; Kevin McDermott, Dart Foundation representative; Dr. Dianna G. Phillips, President of Harford Community College; Dr. Sean Bulson, Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools; Cynthia Ramsey, Dart Foundation representative; and Robert Limpert, Supervisor of Magnet and CTE Programs, Curriculum and Assessment

 
In addition, the Dart Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to HCPS to purchase laptops for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classrooms at Harford Technical High School and Bakerfield Elementary School. 
 
The school system is implementing a Digital Learning Initiative, which was developed to ensure students can learn and lead in a digital world.  The goal is for HCPS classrooms to become dynamic learning environments where students have seamless access to cutting-edge digital tools.  With access to devices such as laptops, teachers will be able to transition to a blended learning environment where classroom instruction is combined with online learning and students can, in part, control the time, pace, and place of their learning.
 
Harford Technical High School and Bakerfield Elementary School were identified by the school system’s ‘Digital Harford’ team as schools that would benefit from new laptops.  The generous funds from the Dart Foundation will have a significant impact on the curriculum and learning resources for the 1,000 students at Harford Technical High and the 400 students at Bakerfield Elementary.  The schools will receive their new laptops in October.
 
HCPS Superintendent Sean Bulson participated in the official check presentation from the Dart Foundation representatives at Harford Technical High School on September 25.
 
The Dart Foundation is a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A. Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart.  The Foundation supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those that improve the quality of life in specific communities.


 

Left to right:  Joseph Collins, Principal of Harford Technical High School; Kevin McDermott, Dart Foundation representative; Tara Dedeaux, Principal of Bakerfield Elementary School; Dr. Sean Bulson, Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools; and Cynthia Ramsey, Dart Foundation representative