Androscoggin Bank announces contribution to help launch TCTC welding program

DEXTER — Androscoggin Bank is proud to announce its immediate support for the Tri-County Technical Center’s welding program with a $1,000 contribution.

Since 1968, the TCTC has been dedicated to fulfilling the career and technical education needs of secondary school students in the region. Today, the center offers a diverse array of CTE programs, including automotive mechanics, culinary arts, nursing, and commercial truck driving, catering to students from Dexter Regional High School, Foxcroft Academy, Nokomis Regional High School, Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, Penquis Valley High School in Milo, and Greenville High School.  

Androscoggin Bank learned of the need for help with this new program through RSU 19 Superintendent Mike Hammer, who is a strong advocate for this initiative. Understanding the pressing need for market-relevant skill development in rural areas like Piscataquis County, Androscoggin Bank recognizes the significance of investing in the future workforce.

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PROGRAM SUPPORT — Androscoggin Bank has given $1,000 to support the new TCTC welding program. From left, Angie Snow, associate treasury officer; John Simko director of government banking; TCTC Director Brian Leavitt; and SAD 46 Superintendent Kevin Jordan.

“As a former town manager and a native of Piscataquis County, I understand the importance of providing students with access to quality CTE opportunities,” stated John Simko, Androscoggin Bank’s director of government banking. “This collaborative approach to best serve the future workers of this rural region is in line with our mission, vision, and values and our commitment to communities as a B Corp.”

While acknowledging the value of this endeavor, the bank hopes that its modest initial contribution will aid in supporting the program’s inception. Androscoggin Bank remains committed to exploring further opportunities to collaborate with TCTC and other educational institutions in the region.

Speaking on Androscoggin Bank’s impact, Brian Leavitt, TCTC director, said, “Androscoggin Bank’s support is invaluable in ensuring that our school can fulfill the needs of its students, industry partners, and communities we serve. This collaboration underscores the importance of partnerships between educational institutions and local businesses in addressing workforce development and economic growth.”

Kevin Jordan, superintendent of schools for SAD 46, added that, “In SAD #46 we greatly appreciate Androscoggin Bank’s contribution to this exciting new program at Tri-County Technical Center. This continues a great partnership between SAD #46 and the financial services offered by Androscoggin Bank.”

Androscoggin Bank extends its best wishes for the success of the welding program and reaffirms its dedication to supporting initiatives that offer educational opportunities and enhance workforce development.

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