Timken presents grant to CISRC

The $3,000 will be used for a middle school career day.
Jan. 30, 2013 @ 06:15 AM

Communities in Schools of Rutherford County will use a $3,000 grant from the Timken Foundation to hold a career day for middle school students.

"We are very excited that we will be able to put on a career fair for our middle school students. We want to help them focus on what they might want to do in the future and see the opportunities are here in the county," Brenda Watson, executive director of CISRC said. "Our goal is not to have an available workforce, but an educated workforce. We want to insure that our students will succeed and achieve in life."

Timken Human Resource Manager Mike Martin and Plant Manager Mark Propst presented the money to Watson and CISRC Chair Mike Tanner at the plant on Tuesday.

"Every year we get grant requests. We try to look at the organization and what they are planning to use the money for. The grant is from the Timken Foundation, which was founded by members of the Timken family. They look to support communities where they have plants operating," Propst said. "Unfortunately, there is never enough money to go around, there are more applications than we can provide. But we try to make sure that we can help a broad base of the community."

CISRC will collaborate with the McNair Foundation and Isothermal Community College to put the career fair together.

"We encourage students to look forward to what they can do after graduating," Watson said. "Along with talking about job possibilities, ICC will also discuss with them the courses that they need to take to get them where they want to be."

The middle school career day will be held in the fall of 2013.