Toolbox Donation at Bonds Career Center

Over $5,000 total donated

Emily Gill
August 22, 2019 - 12:16 pm

Emily Gill


Today Sandvick-Coromant donated tool kits to every student in their first year of machine tool classes at the J. Harley Bonds Career Center.   

Education and job training at the Career Center is free, but the $250 required toolbox for first year machine tool students poses a challenge to many.  

Mike Hickey, Sandvick's Production Unit Manager, knows the donation helps not only students but their industry overall.

"We don't want any in obstacles front of them so as long as we can remove the obstacles in front of them its going to open up manufacturing for them [and] their future," Hickey said.

The Greenville County School System is eager tyo see other business follow in Sandvick's footsteps.  Eric Williams, the Executive Director of Careers and Technology for GCS described Sandvick as "a model of what we're trying to accomplish with Greenville County Schools."

One of the toolbox recipients, Eastside High School Junior Serenity Little hadn't considered machine tool as a career before touring career centers in middle school.  That 8th grade field trip opened her eyes to new opportunities.

"I wasn't even thinking about machine tool. [I was  thinking about] culinary or cosmetology and then I got to machine tool and I was like 'This is what I want to do.'"


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