WILLIAMSVILLE—Members of Erie Community College's Foundation and Industrial Technology-focused Creative Concepts Club accepted a generous $5,000 award from Buffalo's Grainger Corporation last Friday inside their school's North Campus training wing.
These funds will be used to support a variety of industrial technology and design activities, including student efforts in the nationally renowned and annual Mastercam Wildest Parts design competition, a decades-old contest involving over 74,000 schools that challenges students enrolled in Mastercam courses to create a unique, original design using Mastercam software.
This is outstanding news for ECC—and unfortunate news for any school who aspires to place in Mastercam's annual event. The three-campus college has dominated the contest for four straight years, securing second and third place honors in 2012 after snagging the competition's top prize from 2009 to 2011. The Grainger Corporation award will only strengthen ECC's quality of entries, as well as augment student training and application already regarded as tops in the region.
Pictured from left to right are Nate Tilkins, Mark Hoeber (Assistant Academic Dean-Technology, ECC), Todd Murphy, Ronald Burkard (Grainger), Michael Dell, Jeff Bagel (Associate Vice President, ECC Foundation), Scott Swank (President, Creative Concepts Club), and Joe Ronloff.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.