After a career day event on campus last year, Gator Millworks was so impressed with the quality of students in Architectural Manufacturing Management & Technology — previously Wood Tech — that they not only hired three as summer interns, they returned to campus last fall and donated $12,000 to the program.

President and CEO Chad Foster said he wants to see the program keep churning out qualified graduates for the workforce.

“PSU students are the future of our industry,” said Foster. “Supporting the program, the only one of its kind in the U.S., makes sense. If we want a better workforce for our industry, this is truly where it all begins.”

Foster said the students impressed his team with their knowledge and skills.

AMMT Assistant Professor Charlie Phillips said the funding will help to recruit more students to the program — something Foster is happy about.

“By investing in this program, we’re investing not only in the school and its students, but in the future of our industry as a whole,” Foster said.