Formerly known as the wood technology program, Pitt State’s recently re-branded Architectural Manufacturing Management & Technology program (AMMT) received a $12,000 donation from Gator Millworks, a company that has hired PSU students as interns and has participated in Wood Tech Day in the College of Technology.
“PSU students are the future of our industry,” Chad Foster, president and CEO of Louisiana-based Gator Millworks, said in a press release. “Supporting the program, the only one of its kind in the U.S., makes sense. If we want a better workforce for our industry, this is truly where it all begins.”
Foster’s father, Randy, started Gator Millworks in 1994 to produce architectural millwork for the residential market of Livingston Parish and the surrounding areas. Last spring, company representatives came to PSU campus for a career day event, which resulted in three PSU students landing internships with them.
In a press release, Charlie Phillips, assistant professor in AMMT, said that the donations was “… a pleasant surprise. … It’s great that they see the benefit of investing in the program. They see the big picture, the value. It’s very meaningful for us, and we’re grateful for the relationship that has been built.”