FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 18,
2013) – Pantropic Power and Caterpillar teamed up to
provide $50,000 in support to Broward College. At a recent meeting of the Broward
College District Board of Trustees, Ed DeTorres, vice president of Pantropic
Power, presented a $25,000 check to support the marine program at Broward
College. DeTorres was accompanied by Andres Cuadros, product support operations
representative of Caterpillar, whose foundation matched Pantropic’s gift
dollar-for-dollar, for a total of $50,000.
Last year, Pantropic Power, in
conjunction with the Caterpillar Foundation, established the Pantropic
Power/Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Fund with Broward College. The fund’s
objectives are to strengthen the marine program’s curriculum and faculty
development opportunities, and to increase the pool of qualified technicians.
The donation will provide $15,000 for scholarships for students in the marine
"Because of the generosity of Pantropic and
the Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Fund, we are able to provide students with
the training they need to succeed in the marine industry,” said Anthony T.
Petriello, associate dean for marine & automotive technology. “This
donation will help develop advanced curricula, and it will also allow us to
provide scholarships to students, train our faculty and purchase sophisticated
Broward College’s Marine Engineering Management Program offers
a specialized, comprehensive and affordable 24-month associate of applied
science degree. For more information, visit http://www.broward.edu/academics/programs/marine/Pages/default.aspx.
Broward College is ranked as one of the top ten community colleges in the
nation by the Aspen Institute. Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward
College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year
university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees
in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality
educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a
diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.