The evening of Saturday, April 18, 2015 was a time for both reflection and celebration at the Tri County Technology Center Foundation’s third annual Superintendent’s Circle Celebration event. The dinner, held at Tri County Tech’s recently renovated event center, celebrated the many donors who gave over $75,000 in 2014 to improve the lives of hundreds of students through an education at Tri County Tech. Employee contributions to the Foundation in 2014, alone, totaled over $44,000.
TCT Superintendent, Lindel Fields reported that the Foundation Board has approved $111,000 in student scholarships for 2015, ten times the amount in 2008. Fields’ daring vision of reaching $500,000 in assets for the Foundation in 2015 pays homage to his bold leadership style. “The generosity of our donors to the Tri County Tech Foundation has impacted hundreds of lives, people who contribute to the economic vitality of our community,” said Fields. “We are destined to accomplish many, many more milestones,” he continued.
Superintendent Rick Loggins of Barnsdall Public Schools provided an inspirational keynote. His wife, son, and two daughters, all graduates of Tri County Tech, were in attendance. Loggins himself attended Tri County Tech in 1980 as an adult student, aspiring to gain skills to better his family. Loggins went on to work for the institution from 1995-2003 as a teacher, business manager, and, ultimately, assistant superintendent of finance and human resources. “The Tri County Tech Foundation assists people financially to allow them to better their futures,” said Loggins. “In my involvement with the Foundation, I saw many success stories, especially of single moms trying to gain skills to be able to support their families and be contributors. That was always very emotional to me to give them scholarships. And, to know that that vision has grown and that the Foundation is now able to fund even more students is exciting.” The Loggins’ family’s personal experiences of success through Tri County Tech were testament to the CareerTech’s 47-year legacy of changing lives through superior training.
Director of Development, Lisa Froemming, joined the Foundation in 2014 and works to increase the Foundation’s presence throughout the community. By speaking to individuals and corporations, she is responsible for sharing information about the Foundation and the many ways it enriches the lives of Tri County students. “Whether it’s a high school graduate learning a valuable trade or a single parent wishing to increase earning potential, each student deserves a chance to succeed,” says Froemming. “That’s where I get my motivation. By offering financial assistance to these aspiring students, our donors become part of their success.”
In her capacity as Executive Director for the TCTC Foundation, Tara Gotwalt is very pleased to see both continued and growing support for the Foundation. Currently in her 22 year at TCT, Gotwalt’s passion is stronger than ever. “Education is the key to success on every level. This Foundation is so proud to assist students in need as they learn the skills to be gainfully employed. What a true joy it is to be out in the communities we serve and encounter graduates at work, earning a living, and knowing that we played a part in their success.”
When making a gift to the Tri County Tech Foundation, donors can be assured that they are not only changing the life of a student, but also improving the local economy by adding quality employees to the workforce. For more information about the Tri County Tech Foundation, or to make a donation, visit: www.tctcgiving.org.
Current Foundation Board Members are: Sherry Musselman-Cox, Stephen Colaw, Paul Turcott, Mike Boultinghouse, Jason Hopkins, Rick Loyd, Richard Sewell, Barbara Herren, Dr. Lisa Bliss, Kumar Krishnan, and Robert Paiva.
The Superintendent’s Circle Celebration event was sponsored by American Electric Power, Kinslow, Keith, & Todd, Inc., Phillips 66, Walmart Logistics, Arvest Bank, Armstrong Bank, and The Musselman Abstract Company.