Eaton Corporation Continues Support of Engineering Education with Donation
September 25, 2012
Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $25,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation.
“We’re proud to support Piedmont Technical College’s engineering technology programs,” said John Thompson, plant manager of Eaton’s Greenwood hydraulics facility. “Our contribution will help our community’s students succeed academically today, and in the workplace later on.”
Eaton’s Hydraulics plant has 125 employees and manufactures hydraulic pumps and motors. Eaton’s Electrical plants have over 700 employees and manufactures medium voltage switchgear and switches and low and medium voltage bus duct and network protectors.
As a major provider of training for future Eaton employees, PTC will use these funds to purchase equipment for the college’s engineering technology programs to ensure that students are receiving the most up-to-date training available. PTC’s Engineering Technology department offers degrees in a variety of engineering disciplines, including Electronic Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Engineering Graphics Technology.
PTC has also established engineering transfer agreements that allow engineering technology students at Piedmont Technical College to pursue bachelor’s degrees at USC Columbia, USC Upstate and SC State after completing their studies in Greenwood.
Photo Caption: Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently made a generous $25,000 donation to the Piedmont Technical College Foundation. Attending the check presentation were, from left, Tim Wideman, operations manager with Eaton’s Engineering Services; Mike Patterson, human resources supervisor with Eaton Electrical; Fran Wiley, Foundation executive director; Dr. Ray Brooks, PTC president; and John Thompson, plant manager with Eaton Hydraulics.