Through the immense generosity of Erectors, Inc., Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) is slated to receive a $10,000 donation to help fund the Manufacturing, Welding and Engineering program. The donation is being made in honor of Rockie Dimmitt, who was a superintendent with the company before passing away last year.

“Rockie loved career and technical education and he was very passionate about it,” said Steve Baer, owner of Erectors, Inc.

On Friday, Rockie’s family, friends and representatives from Erectors, Inc., including former CTEC students who now work for the company, spoke during a naming and recognition event at CTEC. During the ceremony, a plaque was displayed naming the center’s computer-aided design lab the Rockie Dimmitt Mechanical Design Lab.

“Erectors, Inc. has stepped forward to engage and partner with CTEC in so many meaningful ways,” said Rhonda Rhodes, principal at CTEC. “This generous donation made in memory of Rockie Dimmitt is going to have an impact for years to come.”

The Manufacturing, Welding and Engineering program is for Salem-Keizer juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing careers related to the industry. Salem-Keizer’s CTE courses are a great option for students, as they provide hands-on learning experiences and in-depth looks into career fields. Ninety-four percent of Salem-Keizer students who concentrate in a CTE program graduate on time.

CTEC is a public-private partnership between SKPS and the Mountain West Career Technical Institute. The center opened in the fall of 2015 and hosts 10 CTE programs: Residential Construction, Manufacturing, Welding and Engineering, Cosmetology, Video and Game Design Animation, Autobody Repair and Painting, Drone Technology and Robotics, Business Development and Leadership, Law Enforcement, Agriscience and Culinary Arts and Management.

Pictured above from left: Steve Baer, owner of Erectors, Inc., Hunter Miller and Miguel Rogers, employees of Erectors, Inc. and former CTEC students, Jerry Torresdal, manufacturing teacher at CTEC and Rhonda Rhodes, principal at CTEC.