Crane Resistoflex, a long-time partner and friend of the McDowell Tech family, hosted today's quarterly meeting of the MTCC Foundation Board at their facilities in Pleasant Gardens. Johnnie Davis, Plant Manager, provided Foundation Board members with an overview of Crane Resistoflex's operations, products and workforce.
Dr. John Gossett, President, and various staff members at the College reviewed gifts from the Crane Fund for Widows and Children to the Foundation in 2017 and the impact of those gifts on various programs offered by the College. Dr. Gossett welcomed one of four students who had received scholarships from the Crane Fund during 2017. Chip Cross reviewed activities of the MTCC Book Club and shared information about numerous book purchases funded by Crane for the Club's collection. He also introduced Accounting major Samantha Rorie and businessman Paul Withrow who shared their experiences in the Book Club during the past year. Dr. Beverly Watts gave a PowerPoint presentation and literature about Camp Opportunity, and Melisa Smith, Director of the MTCC Child Development Center, outlined the benefits of early childhood education programs in McDowell County, particularly at the College. Dr. Gossett thanked Crane for their continuing generosity to the college and the MTCC Foundation.
In board business, Dick Mauney reviewed recent gifts to the MTCC Foundation and spoke in more detail about grants and gifts that provided over $300,000 in support for the Vickie A. Hogan Multidisciplinary Simulation Lab which will be dedicated on Thursday at 1:00 pm in the Hemlock Building on the college's main campus.
Dr. Gossett spoke briefly about the need to separate the anticipated barbering program from plans and drawings for the new Cosmetology and Esthetics building currently being drafted by the college's architect. The architect has recommended renovating space vacated by the Cosmetology program in the Cedar Building for occupancy by the barbering program to keep the new building within budget constraints.
Ryan Garrison presented the board with an annual audit report prepared by Lowdermilk Church and Co., a Certified Public Accounting and Audit firm from Morganton. The report was a "clean" audit with no cause for concern in any areas and was unanimously approved by the board.
Following the meeting, Crane employees led board members on tours of the plant. Company policy prohibits photos in the plant, but photos of the meeting are available in the Photo Album area under About Us area of this website.