In recognition of our years of cooperation with Pace and Harrison’s Northark College, Pace Industries was presented with the first Northark Board of Trustees Partnership Award at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 6th.
Over the years, Pace and Northark College have cooperated to support one another in their endeavors, strengthening both the relationship of the organizations and their ability to service their students and clientele. Northark has even developed customized workforce training and specialized class offerings to help train more skilled workers for Pace’s operations.
When these classes needed equipment to provide the best possible training, Pace donated and installed a $150k die cast machine at the school. Many Northark graduates from these classes went on to join the Pace team, with the graduates’ specialized training improving the quality of Pace’s work nationwide.
Pace and the Northark Foundation have worked together to establish a scholarship to assist manufacturing technology and industrial electronics students with their tuition. Each year, Pace donates $20,000 to support aspiring manufacturing professionals and foster job growth in the Harrison community.
“Pace has been such a good friend to this College over the years. The board felt the time has come to recognize their contributions by creating an award to recognize the vital importance of our business and industry partners,” said David Evans, Chair of the Award Committee and Northark board member.
It’s not only in Harrison that Pace is working to improve education within the community. Pace is partnering with 70 high schools and technical colleges nationwide in an effort to educate students and be a community leader in those locations.
Patterson Division (in St. Charles, MO), along with other industry leaders, sits on several advisory boards for many of Ranken College’s programs. Industry leaders look to hire as many Ranken students as possible. Student tours are constantly coming through the plants so that students can connect classroom theory with real world experience.
At our Product Tech Industries Division, Pace works with Wright Technical Center in Maple Lake, MN. Their partnership is one that supports students’ desire to explore career opportunities through state registered youth apprenticeships. Students are able to work at PTI and gain school credit, while earning a good wage for their efforts.
Pace’s long-term goal with school involvement is to show students that advanced manufacturing does not happen in dark, grimy buildings, but in places that make use of new technologies and skills that translate into rewarding, lifelong careers. Pace is looking to usher in a new generation of leaders in advanced manufacturing. Proud to be the first to accept this award from Northark, Pace is committed to growing and maintaining our participation with the college. This kind of acknowledgement from partners and clients keeps us confident that we’re fulfilling our mission to provide the highest quality in casting and manufacturing.