Albion Education Foundation
PO Box 45
Albion, NE 68620
Albion Education Foundation is participating in the Big Give December 2, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Donors can access more information at www.BCBigGive.org or www.facebook.com/BCBigGive/
Albion Education Foundation board members will host with the Gateway Youth Foundation board members a Big Give Event on Thursday, December 1, 2016 the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” as a kick-off fundraiser for Boone County Big Give. Showtime is at 2:00 p.m. and again at approximately 8:00 p.m. following the Light Parade downtown. Come join us for a fun afternoon or evening of entertainment—or come to see both screenings at the Gateway Theatre in downtown Albion, Nebraska.
Albion Education Foundation has decided to focus their 2016 Big Give donations to continued support of Boone Central's welding program. Boone Central has implemented a new welding program within the Career Academies curriculum. Students now have the opportunity to earn college credits through Central Community College to further develop their welding skills. In partnership with Lindsay Manufacturing and Central Community College, Gary Hoefer teaches the courses before school each day. Currently, seven students are enrolled in the program with a maximum enrollment of 10 students.
Students can start the program during their junior year of high school. During their junior year, they would take Cutting in the fall semester and Gas, Metal Arc Welding Basics in the spring semester. As a senior, students will take Blueprint Reading in the fall and Shield, Metal Arc Welding in the spring for a total of 9 credits. Throughout the courses, Boone Central has partnered with local businesses to expose students to different types of industry in attempt to provide employment opportunities for the students either on a part-time or full-time basis.
Boone Central's shop went through significant upgrades in equipment, ventilation and electricity, however there are continuing costs to maintaining the program. These costs include filters for the ventilation, wire for the welding machines, and safety clothing and equipment for the students.
Check the www.BCBigGive.org link for a schedule of other activities.
The Albion Education Foundation is focused on supporting education in Boone County through local scholarships, Olson/Wolf college student loans, grant funding for educational programming to support educators and providing funds to support the maintenance of the Olson Nature Preserve, located between Albion and Petersburg.
Each year educators from Boone County are extended an invitation for “A Call for Proposals”. Selected proposals are almost always an educational enrichment for students and at times also include enrichment specifically for a group of educators to enhance the learning environment for students.
An example of one of the grants: This summer, BYC (Build Your Character) Camp was a huge success with roughly 50 high school and college students volunteering as camp counselors and about 100 campers attending from grades 3 through 8. The two day camp focused on the character traits of Responsibility and Citizenship and campers participated in hands-on activities that emphasized the character traits. Mike Smith was the featured speaker on the second day and encouraged kids to give to others and make a difference in people's lives. Campers and counselors represented Albion and Petersburg, as well as several other surrounding communities: St. Edward, Cedar Rapids, Spalding, Genoa, Humphrey, Fullerton, Lindsay and Newman Grove.