FLORENCE, S.C. – NUCOR Steel in Darlington, South Carolina, donated 24,146 pounds of steel to Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) Welding Department on Friday, September 9, 2016.
The generous donation will allow FDTC’s students to get hands-on training on a wider variety of steels. FDTC usually receives two donations of steel a year from NUCOR. This particular donation will supply the Welding Department through the fall semester and into the early weeks of the 2017 spring semester.
“It would be difficult to operate without NUCOR’s support,” said FDTC Welding Director, Jamie King. “The donations that we receive from NUCOR is high quality product, and it allows our students to get training on a wide variety of steels. In a traditional classroom, students primarily need books, paper and pens. The steel that we receive from Nucor is our students’ school supplies. They wouldn’t have class without it. We can’t show our appreciation enough!”
NUCOR Steel supports FDTC in a variety of others ways as well. Most notably, the Charlotte, North Carolina based company, which has facilities in Darlington County, supplies the steel for the college’s popular annual Welding Rodeo. The seventh annual competition was held back in April at Francis Marion University’s Arts International Festival. NUCOR Steel was also a sponsor at this year’s Entrepreneurs Forum Gala, and the company is a significant donor to the foundation’s major gifts campaign. As for the college’s Jazz Galas held at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT), NUCOR has been a singular Platinum sponsor of the events over the years.
“We are so thankful for NUCOR’s continued support,” said Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation Vice President, Jill Lewis. “NUCOR not only supports the college’s mission but also the hopes and dreams of our students. The company wants to see the students learn and succeed.”