Donation to CCTI honors memory of Dean Beers
AMY ZUBEK/TIMES NEWS Patrick Reilly, president and CEO of Mauch Chunk Trust Company in Jim Thorpe, second from right; presents Kevin Kuehner, Carbon Career & Technical Institue machine shop instructor, second from left; with a check in the amount of $2,000. With them are Anthony Pondish, director of adult education at CCTI, and Nancy Beers, the wife of the late Dean Beers, with whom the donation was honoring.
Two Carbon Career & Technical Institute seniors will receive $1,000 in machining tools and equipment, thanks to a $2,000 donation from Mauch Chunk Trust Company.
The donation, which will be spread over the next 10 years, honors the late Dean Beers, who made a lasting impression on the technical workforce in Carbon County through his business and through his dedication to the school.
On Thursday, Patrick Reilly, president and CEO of Mauch Chunk Trust Company, and Nancy Beers, wife of Dean Beers, presented CCTI officials Anthony Pondish, director of the adult education program, and Kevin Kuehner, machine shop instructor, with the check.
"Dean was an exceptional businessman," Reilly said. "He always took a very strategic approach to planning and operating his business while remaining an amazing master of details."
"Dean was a big advocate of the trades," said Nancy Beers. "He felt they were being put to the side and that the country really needed trades people and the vocational schools needed to upgrade and give their students the best training possible."
Pondish said that he was thankful for the donation to the students in Beers' honor.
"He has donated so much to CCTI," Pondish said. "He was extremely active in the community and dedicated to our students."
Kuehner echoed Pondish's thoughts, saying, "He was generous and helped the students a lot with tools and the machine shop program. His time on the Occupational Advisory Committee helped strengthen our program."
Dean Beers dedicated his life to helping the technical workforce in Carbon County through his commitment to furthering the available education and skills training.
He graduated from the machine shop program at Carbon County Vocational and Technical School, now CCTI, in 1974.
In 1988, he opened BTM Incorporated in Jim Thorpe.
Throughout his career, he helped many students from CCTI through the cooperative learning program, where CCTI students attend classes half day and work at BTM Incorporated the other half of the day.
Dean Beers served on the Mauch Chunk Trust board of directors from 2000 to 2009.
"Dean built BTM from a small, one-person machine shop to a very sophisticated tooling and machining operation that employs over 20 people using state-of-the-art equipment," said Reilly. "The continuing success of BTM is a testament to Dean's talent as a leader and an entrepreneur. Our bank was very fortunate to have Dean serve as a member of our board of directors."
CCTI will present the award to two graduating seniors at the upcoming annual Senior Awards Night in May.
For more information on the school, call CCTI at (570) 325-3682 or visiting www.carboncti.org.