The Dart Foundation, represented by Foundation Manager Emily Matthews, was recognized by the Technical College Foundation Association with a Distinguished Service Award at the annual Leadership Conference in Savannah at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on October 29, 2019. The Distinguished Service Award is designed to showcase past generosity, commitment and dedication to the foundations and colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and to encourage future generosity and commitment. One Distinguished Service Award honoree was submitted per college and all honorees were recognized. The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation nominated the Dart Foundation to be recognized for distinguished service to Southern Crescent Technical College.
The Dart Foundation, a private family foundation established by Dart Container Corporation founder William A Dart and his wife Claire T. Dart, supports projects that enhance education, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, and those areas that improve the quality of life in specific communities, including Thomaston and the surrounding area.
As a long–standing champion for technical education and Southern Crescent Technical College, the Dart Foundation continues to embrace the spirit of philanthropy and leadership by making significant donations to the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation. Over the past year, the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation was the recipient of two grants from the Dart Foundation to be used in the Mechatronics Lab on the Flint River Campus in Thomaston. To honor the outstanding donations, the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Southern Crescent Technical College approved naming the lab for the Dart Foundation. On March 20, 2019, employees representing the Dart Foundation joined community members and representatives from Southern Crescent Technical College for a ribbon cutting for the Dart Foundation Technology Lab.
The funds from the grant of $99,405 were used to purchase trainers that will allow students to learn cutting-edge technical skills such as robotics, Ethernet communications, advanced PLC, and voltage frequency motor drive operations. The trainers, which include the FANUC Robot, the Allen Bradley PLC Trainer, the Siemens PLC Trainer, and the Voltage Frequency Drive/Ethernet Trainer, will enhance the training for students and provide world-class maintenance technicians for area companies like Dart.
In addition to the grant of $99,405, the Dart Foundation awarded the Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation a grant of $5,000 to purchase software to be used with the trainers that were purchased with the first grant. The trainers will be built with a multipurpose to allow instructors to teach wiring and to provide training for students in the maintenance field to prepare them for the workforce in Upson County and the surrounding area.