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Electrical Systems Tech grant money continuing program success

Electrical Systems grant

(L to R) Steve Albert, director of career & technology, HOLT CAT representative Michael Eddings, Instructor Eduardo Del Toro, and students, Luis Montenegro and Paul Zuskind.

The Electrical Systems Technology (EST) program at MacArthur High School strives to give students the tools needed to be successful in today’s workforce. In support of that mission, HOLT® CAT and Caterpillar® partnered up to award the program a $4,000 grant, as part of the Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Funds/Foundation Grants Program. The proceeds will be used for scholarships, course development, equipment and recruitment of students interested in Electrical Power Generation.

This year, EST sent two students, Luis Montenegro and Paul Zuskind, to work at HOLT CAT. The San Antonio-based company was so impressed with the students that they decided to award a grant to the program for the second year in a row.

“Every year, it gets more and more intense,” said Eduardo Del Toro, EST instructor. “As kids learn that they actually have the opportunity to go out and work for these companies…they enjoy it and get motivated to learn different aspects of the program.”

As a product of the program himself, Del Toro is inspired by the growth of his students.

“It’s hard to express. I enjoy watching these kids come from freshman level where they don’t know anything to senior year when they graduate,” said Del Toro. “I know they are going to go out into the industry and become great leaders out there.”

Posted on August 19, 2013