Molex Inc. on Friday announced a gift of $15,000 to Pulaski Technical College's Business and Industry Center.
Dennis Williams, vice president of operations for Molex, presented the check to Marty Mahler, dean of continuing education and business outreach at Pulaski Tech, during the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce FYI luncheon, held in the Campus Center Grand Hall.
"The strength of our operations at Molex is our people," Williams said. "We have good people and we continue to look for more good people, and that is where Pulaski Technical College comes in."
"We want to encourage Pulaski Technical College to continue to help us find and recruit competent people," added Tom Moore, human resources director of Molex's Connector Products and Integrated Products Divisions. "The other end of that is we'd like to recruit and hire Pulaski Technical College graduates in our business."
Pulaski Tech has been working with Molex to develop an entry-level industrial training program to prepare individuals for the workplace.
Dr. Dan F. Bakke, college president, and John Barnes, chairman of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees, joined Dr. Mahler in thanking Molex.
"The partnership between Molex and Pulaski Technical College is the perfect example of how business and education work together to strengthen the local economy," Dr. Mahler said.
Molex, headquartered in Lisle, Ill., makes connectors and adapters for the electronics industry. It employs more than 36,000 people worldwide, including 1,350 people at its two plants in Maumelle. Its products are used globally in the manufacture of computers, cell phones, video equipments, digital cameras and other electronic equipment.