SCATE Inc., a non-profit company dedicated to systemic change in advanced technological education, recently donated over $20,000 to the Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) Educational Foundation for new office furniture at the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SCATE) Center of Excellence.
The SCATE Center implements projects funded by the National Science Foundation to expand excellence in technician education. Initially funded in 1994, SCATE Center moved to FDTC from the SC Technical College System office in September 2001 with surplus state Tech System furniture and one employee. At FDTC, the Center has thrived and reached new levels of national prominence and funding success. With a growing staff to implement new projects and sustain innovations previously initiated, an updated and more efficient workspace was needed.
In 2015, the SCATE Center moved from the 5000 Building to the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SiMT) Advanced Manufacturing Center. Existing SiMT office furnishings have been upgraded, as a result of a generous donation of $22,634 from SCATE Inc. The donation enabled the expanded office space to be reconfigured and furnished to accommodate the Center’s seven full-time employees.
SCATE Center Executive Director, Elaine Craft, expressed appreciation to the SCATE Inc. Board of Director’s for this generous donation to the Educational Foundation for this purpose. Craft concluded by saying, “the work the SCATE Center focuses on advanced technological education at two-year community and technical colleges. The SCATE Center and SiMT are well aligned as they have a shared mission to support FDTC, industry, and economic development. This wonderful new office space and the SCATE Inc. donation for furnishings are already impacting the continued success and sustainability of the SCATE Center.”