Some $15,000 was injected into the training aspect of the industrial sector compliments of Gonzalez & Sons Equipment Inc, a Florida based company that contributed to the students of both Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute (BTVI) and Total Educational Center (TEC).
Serving as a trailblazer of the initiative Minister for Grand Bahama, Dr. Michael Darville, said the company has been on the island for some time now and has now taken their place in the community.
" This morning I would like to welcome the executive team from Gonzalez & Sons Equipment Inc, a company based in Florida that operates in Grand Bahama. These gentlemen are no strangers to Grand Bahama Island, as they have been working on the expansion at BORCO for several years now and have become an integral part of our community," he said.
" Today, they are here to join our other Ministry partners in giving back to this community, in which they thrive. Their gesture today displays their commitment to the Ministry for Grand Bahama's training initiatives and ultimately the growth and development of the Grand Bahamian workforce," Darville continued.
Minister Darville also revealed the main idea behind the major undertaking, as he noted that the afternoon's two part donation was a result of a discussion taking place a few short months ago.
" In a private meeting a few months ago, Mr. Gonzalez expressed that his company would love to be bale to employ more qualified Grand Bahamians, but it was difficult to find the qualified specialists required in his line of work. It was at this time that I took Mr. Gonzalez on a site visit at both the TEC and BTVI campuses, where he was able to see the deficiencies first hand," he added.
He went on to say, "Mr. Gonzalez pledged that he would be back to give a donation and todayâ s meeting is a demonstration of the fulfillment of his commitment. Mr. Gonzalez, a good corporate citizen believes in giving back and he is proving this today by offering a financial donation to both the Total Education Center and BTVI institutions."
Elated to impact the lives of countless Bahamians company president, Juan Gonzalez, said he and his team simply want to contribute to the growth and expansion of the country.
" This afternoon we're presenting Mr. Delancy with the Total Educational Center a donation of $7,500 so that he can continue his fine traditions of training the youth of Grand Bahama and showing them an opportunity and a good way of making a good living for providing for their families, and also providing for the growth and expansion of The Bahamas," he said.
President of TEC, Fred Delancy expressed sincere thanks for the generous donation.
" We would like to thank the Gonzalez company for making this donation to our school, because they want to allow more of our young people to be exposed to what, I call, some of the best experiences in the nation.
" And, this is also in Minister Darville's committed efforts in trying to make sure that we train tomorrow's workforce," he said.
Delancy went on to say "It's good, because we are a private institution and we have no subsidy from agencies ... so it is because of our partnership with most of the industrial companies, weâ re able to survive. Gonzalez & Sons will be another company that has invested in Total Educational Center to make sure that we have the best facilities possible to better train our company."