NUCOR donates 25,000 pounds of steel to Florence-Darlington Technical College

September 25, 2018

Florence-Darlington Technical College Welding Students will get to practice their new skills on donated steel from NUCOR of Darlington County.

FLORENCE, S.C. -- Florence-Darlington Technical College welding students will have nearly 13 tons of donated steel to learn their art. Tech’s Education Foundation arranged for the donation of 25,000 pounds of donated steel from NUCOR Steel of Darlington County.

NUCOR Steel, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., donates to Tech a couple of times a year or when the college is in need of supplies. The steel that was donated will benefit the Welding Department’s 2018 Fall Semester students, and the supplies will last until the beginning of the 2019 Spring Semester.

“It would be difficult for our classes to get through the semester without NUCOR’s generous donations,” Welding Director Jamie King said. “The steel that the college receives from NUCOR is very high quality, and that really benefits the students’ education. This steel is the students’ school supplies.”

Tech’s Welding Department is able to save small quantities of steel throughout the semesters with its virtual reality training, but there is no better education than having hands-on experience. NUCOR’s leaders understand the importance of the education and sends a wide variety of steels for the Tech students to practice on during their training.

“NUCOR is such a valued partner here at FDTC,” said Lauren Dorton, Interim Director of Institutional Advancement. “For years, NUCOR has shown commitment to our students in many ways, including generous donations like this. We are extremely thankful for the continued support.”

Also, NUCOR Steel has donated steel to the FDTC Educational Foundation’s Welding Rodeo Sculpture Competition, and it has sponsored student internships leading to jobs for FDTC Welding graduates.

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