ASTTBC Foundation – Employer Call to Action!

ASTTBC Foundation Board trustee and long-time member of ASTTBC, Frank Rizzardo, AScT, GSC, President and General Manager of Emcon Services Inc., is leading by example for the Foundation’s Employer Call to Action fundraising campaign.

Emcon Services has donated major gifts to create and grow the ASTTBC Emcon Services Fund, which provides an annual student bursary at Okanagan College and an annual student award at Camosun College.

“There is a need for employers to support the work of the ASTTBC Foundation,” said Frank. “Emcon Services has benefitted over the past 30 years by hiring graduates of BC institutions that provide approved technology professional programs. It’s only right that we assist the students that will help us to be successful in the future.”

The biggest challenge, said Frank, is getting high school students and parents to take a serious look at the two- or three-year technology programs at our colleges and polytechnics. A Diploma of Technology provides the education and skills for a rewarding, in-demand career as a technology professional.

“The ASTTBC Foundation is grateful for Frank ‘walking the talk’ in championing this campaign,” said ASTTBC Past President and Foundation Chair Dan Mooney, AScT, CPWI 1. “With Frank’s leadership, we are reaching out to more BC employers asking for their support for student bursaries and awards.”

Photo: At ASTTBC Technology Awards 2018 (l – r) ASTTBC President Trent Reid, ASTTBC Foundation award recipient Ian Torrance, ASTTBC CEO Theresa McCurry and ASTTBC Foundation Director Bill MacPherson. Ian, who is now a GradTech, spoke about what the Foundation award meant to him on his career path to becoming a certified Technologist.