FDTC Foundation receives donation that will fund tuition for 33 students
The Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation recently received one of the largest donations in the college’s history from global technology company Xometry, Inc. The donation will help fund tuition for 28 machine tool technology students and five mechanical engineering students for the Fall 2022 semester.
Additionally, the chosen machine tool technology students will qualify for funds to support the purchase of tools. Both programs at the college boast high job placement rates.
Machine tool technology has a rate of 98%, and mechanical engineering technology has a rate of 95%. “Florence-Darlington Technical College can’t thank Xometry enough for this generous donation,” said FDTC President Dr. Jermaine Ford. “It’s so wonderful to have partners like Xometry, which is committed to developing the next generation of skilled labor. Our Machine Tool Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs produce incredibly talented graduates who are eager to enter the workforce.
” Xometry is dedicated to being a good steward of its business and the broader communities it serves. Through its Donor Advised Fund, Xometry commits capital to educational and charitable institutions focused on training new generations of mechanical engineers, machinists and technicians.
“Xometry believes that manufacturing is the bedrock of a strong American economy, and it will continue to be the foundation of production for generations to come,” said Laurence Zuriff, co-founder of Xometry and managing director of Xometry’s DAF. “Manufacturing requires an increasingly skilled workforce and, through our Donor Advised Fund, we’re committed to investing in talent that will support manufacturing growth in the United States.”
“The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology at FDTC works with Xometry on numerous 3D printing projects, while touting a 96% on-time delivery of finished products,” said SiMT Associate Vice President Tressa Gardner.
“In fact, the SiMT has been recognized as a recipient of Xometry’s Excellence in Manufacturing Award for four consecutive years, and is also recognized as a Premium Manufacturing Partner. We are thrilled that Xometry has recognized our Additive team’s hard work by providing tuition assistance to our students, in support of the SiMT’s mission.”
For more information on academic programs at FDTC, visit www.fdtc.edu, or call (843) 661-8324.