(Bradenton, FL—October 16, 2018) Manatee Technical College presented their Fall 2018 Outstanding Business Partner awards to Paul Borchette of ABE Auto Body Express, Oliver Freeman, the Scrub Club, John and Amanda Horne, and Stewart and Trudy Moon. Director Dr. Valerie Viands made the presentations at the college’s annual dinner meeting of advisory committees on October 15 at MTC. Each was honored for unique contributions.
Borchette was recognized for his tireless work to place MTC Auto Collision Technology students in jobs with distributors in the area. Throughout the year, ABE Auto Body Express donates products to the program, as well as for use in student preparation for SkillsUSA competitions.
Freeman has close ties to MTC. He is a graduate of two MTC programs, a SkillsUSA gold medal winner, and now a SkillsUSA judge. He is currently an independent paralegal in Manatee County. He has co-chaired the MTC Business Technology Advisory Committee for over five years. He has also donated scholarship funds for MTC students and for classroom needs.
Scrub Club, a local retailer of medical scrubs, shoes and accessories, gives MTC students significant discounts on their purchases. Owner Carla Baldwin donated uniforms to all MTC volunteers at the Remote Area Medical clinic and provided scrubs to the high school students participating in MTC’s Big Brother, Big Sister program.
John and Amanda Horne and Stewart and Trudy Moon have helped change the lives of many MTC students. Through the Horne Moon Scholarship Fund, the Manatee Community Foundation has awarded $61,640 in scholarships to 76 MTC students. The Horne and Moon families have had a life-long impact on the students they have helped.