Braun Awarded P-TECH Partnership of the Year

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Dave Welsh (center), director of operations for G. A. Braun, accepts the P-TECH Partnership of the Year award from Donna DeSiato (left), East Syracuse Schools Superintendent, and Robert Leslie, director of career and technical education for the Syracuse City School District. (Photo: G.A. Braun)

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Program offers students path to achieve mechanical, electrical engineering technology degrees

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Equipment manufacturer G. A. Braun Inc. was awarded P-TECH Program’s partnership of the year in June, the company reports.  

The P-TECH program (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) provides students with a pathway to achieve a degree in mechanical technology or electrical engineering technology within a five-year timeframe, with dual enrollment in a progressive high school curriculum and college courses.

“Our organization has made it a priority to give back to the local community, and to work with the school systems and economic development organizations to promote skills and local industry to our youth and displaced workforce,” says Joe Gudenburr, president of Braun.

Beginning with the program’s inauguration four years ago, Braun says it has had many employees participate in career coaching, job shadowing, industry visits and summer internships. 

The company says it has developed professional relationships with many of the program’s students, providing almost monthly visits/tours of its facilities for the younger students and pairing older students with employees who have careers related to the direction those students are following for their future careers.

“I can’t thank Dave Welsh (Director of Operations), Scott Burdo (Assembly Manager), Chad Perfetti (Fabrication Manager), and the other members of our team enough for going the extra mile to promote these valuable programs,” Gudenburr adds. “Now more than ever we need to invest in our youth and in those who have been displaced.”

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