The start of the 2019 school year started out with a big surprise for first year students in the Machine Tool class at J. Harley Bonds Career Center, part of Greenville Public Schools in Greenville, SC. Each student received a brand new tool box filled with instruments and tools they need to succeed in the class. While the students enrolled in the program get free education and job training, first year machine tool students normally need to pay for their tools.
"We found out that the $250 tool kit was going to be an obstacle for some students coming into a program that could lead to a lifelong career for them, so we decided to eliminate that obstacle," said Sandvik Coromant Greer Production Unit Manager, Mike Hickey. Mike continues, "Part of our mission is to develop the workforce and shape the future together, this is our opportunity to open up a whole career to students in manufacturing," Hickey said. Sandvik Coromant also provided safety glasses to the entire student body and was recently named Business Partner of the Year by the South Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education.
Local news coverage of the event: