April 14, 2022—Weirs Buick GMC of Arundel, Maine, donated $25,000 to the Sanford Regional Technical Center through the Sanford Schools Legacy Foundation, according to an article in the Portsmouth Herald.
Weirs first helped the department get started before the school opened in 2017 by making a large donation to the automotive technology program.
The aptly named Weirs Buick GMC Automobile Collision Repair Program will help students prepare for a career in collision repair.
“The idea behind wanting to support SRTC started because we need to understand how we involve kids in the trades,” says Linda Zuke, Principal Dealer and Owner of Weirs in the article. “Staffing is a serious and serious issue here and across the country. I have to do something. I need technicians! We have to feed the technical schools with high school children, who then supply our stores. »
Kathy Sargent, director of SRTC, relayed the importance of having financial support from companies in the industry, such as Weirs. Equipment and supplies can be very expensive, and having donors helps alleviate some of that.
“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Weirs, which has not only resulted in valuable sponsorship of two SRTC programs, but also employment opportunities for our students,” Sargent states in the article. “Companies like Weirs understand the importance of providing state-of-the-art equipment and education to students so they can become our indispensable workforce of the future.”