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NTMA announces 2012 scholarship winners

Submitted Fri, 07/20/2012 - 6:18am by Andy Alm

In an effort to promote training in machining, engineering, and related trades, the National Tooling and Machining Association is awarding a total of nearly five-thousand dollars in scholarships to five area high school students.

The students are Zachary Donovan, of Titusville High School accepting 750-dollars from the Byham’s Insurance Scholarship, Nathan Eckstein of Cambridge Springs High School accepting one-thousand-dollars from the Starlite Group Scholarship, Sam Tome of Meadville Area High School and Kurtis Henry of Saegertown High School accepting 500-dollars each from the Hagan Business Machines Scholarship.  All recipients will be continuing their education in a field related to the tooling and machining industry.

Tim Barickman, of NuTec Tooling Systems in Meadville, is Vice President of the Education Foundation Board of the Northwest Pennsylvania NTMA.  He says having a fresh supply of young, well trained machinists and engineers is important as more and more older technicians leave the workforce:

“There is a lot of us, myself included, that are nearing our retirement years, and we’re not seeing a good following, as far as up-and-coming replacements for the older generation,” Barickman says.

The students will accept their awards next Thursday at the annual NTMA Golf Outing, to be held at the Meadville Country Club.

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