EASTPORT — The seven students who were graduated from the Washington County Technical College Marine and Industrial Painting program Friday took home their diplomas and left behind something for students to come: money to support the school’s library.
Each student pays a state-required activity fee as part of tuition, and the money has traditionally been used for an end-of-year party. Instead of spending the $150 fund on pizza and chips, the students decided to turn the money over to the MTC library for the purchase of materials that will benefit the painting program.
Instructor George Fatula said part of the money will be used for the school to join the national industrial-painting trade association and the rest will be spent on new books and magazines.
“The technology in the field is changing so rapidly, it’s very important for us to be able to stay on top of the changes,” Fatula said. “It seems like a small amount of money, but it will be a great help for us to keep up. Having a party is so much a part of the end of the year, making this donation is a nice gesture by this class.”
George Gill received the President’s Award and the coveted Golden Wrench Award. The other graduates are Adam Anderson, Burdette Brown, Clark Davis, Greg Greaves, Scott Greaves and Joel Hopper.
The guest speaker at the graduation ceremony was Rep. George Townsend.