The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) is thrilled to have officially launched the TechTransport bus Jan. 25 on the LCC West Campus in front of more than 80 attendees, which included community partners, donors and municipal officials.
During the event, ITEC Executive Director Kirk Riley presented a TechTransport bus replica to Dean Transportation President Kellie Dean for his support of the program.
Kellie Dean discussed his background as a teacher and school principal in the Lansing area, saying, “Don’t forget where you came from,” when talking about giving back to his hometown.
WLNS Anchor Sheri Jones introduced the speakers at the event, who spoke about what ITEC meant to them, the importance of contributing to the program and the future of TechTransport.
Speakers included Shannon Schmoll, director of Michigan State University’s Abrams Planetarium; Teri Battaglieri, director of communications for Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana; Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer for Consumers Energy Foundation; Emily Matthews, Dart Foundation manager; and Patrick Dean, business development director for Dean Transportation.
“I wonder what my life would have looked like had I had access to the bus [as a kid],” Battaglieri said when talking about the academic advantages the Lansing youth will have with the TechTransport being operational.
Donors in attendance were presented with a plaque for their contributions.
Plaques were presented to the Dart Foundation, Dean Transportation, R.E. Olds Foundation, Consumers Energy, Delta Dental of Michigan, Jackson, Joe D. Pentecost Foundation, Lansing Community College, MSU University Outreach and Engagement, Capital Region Community Foundation and WKAR – Public Media from Michigan State University.