Grant to bring HVAC program to Pankow Center

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 9, 2018

 The Pankow Center, located adjacent to the school district’s administrative offices, offers students opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge through career and technical education, performing arts, and the MST program, as well as through career and college exploration resources.

The Pankow Center, located adjacent to the school district’s administrative offices, offers students opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge through career and technical education, performing arts, and the MST program, as well as through career and college exploration resources.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — L’Anse Creuse Public Schools’ Frederick V. Pankow Center has been awarded $25,000 in grant funds to further the opportunities in its career and technical education program.

The Pankow Center, located adjacent to the school district’s administrative offices in Clinton Township, offers students opportunities to advance their skills and knowledge through career and technical education, performing arts, and the MST (math, science and technology) program, as well as through career and college exploration resources.

The $25,000 grant comes from the Ralph Wilson Jr. Foundation.

In late November, foundation Chairman Jeffrey Littmann approached L’Anse Creuse’s administrators to inform them that they had been selected to receive the grant.

Littmann identified career and technical education as an area that deserves focus and funding due to Michigan’s overwhelming need for young men and women to enter skilled trades and because of the early on-ramp it offers students into the job market.

“I began asking contacts in industry, the skilled trades and academia for recommendations for a worthy CTE program and repeatedly heard, ‘L’Anse Creuse does it right,’” he said.

 The grant was awarded to the Pankow Center with the suggestion that it be used for something outside of the normal budget.  

“We are excited to meet Mr. Littman’s challenge to think out of the box when allocating the funds,” said Pankow Center Director John Haas.

Haas said that after weighing several options and programs, Pankow administrators decided that starting a heating, ventilation and air conditioning program would greatly benefit students.

“HVAC is a high-demand, high-wage career, and we look forward to offering this opportunity to our students in the 2019-2020 school year,” Pankow Center Associate Director Dean Sabelhaus said.

The Ralph Wilson Jr. Foundation, named after the businessman and philanthropist, was founded in 2015 to continue his legacy of generosity, innovation and community focus in western New York and southeast Michigan.

“It is quite humbling to hear that L’Anse Creuse is leading the way in CTE,” said L’Anse Creuse Superintendent Erik Edoff. “We know that students are all motivated differently and strive to offer opportunities to prepare our students for college or the workforce. I am very proud of our team.”