Ludeca, a company that provides corrective solutions through laser alignment and balancing, reportedly donated some equipment to Midlands Technical College, a college located in South Carolina. According to Ana Maria Delgado, Ludeca’s marketing manager, Ludeca donated laser alignment systems, shaft alignment simulations, laser alignment tools, vibration analyzers to the college. These tools can help detect and correct machinery problems which affect machinery health and reliability.
Delgado explained that Ludeca gave the college these materials not just because the college needed them. After noticing the students interest in science and technology as well as Midlands Technical College’s connection with multiple other companies in the area, Ludeca decided to give them some of their equipment as well. The materials were not only donated to the college to show that Ludeca is in support of the students’ studies at the college, but also to promote what the students were doing and encourage them to continue being involved in the community.
“[Midlands Technical College] has Midlands Manufacturing Company working with them in [South Carolina] to help with manufacturing training, as well as multiple other companies as well,” Delgado said. “[Ludeca] wanted [the students] to continue to be trained on present technology so they have the skills to work on present-day equipment.”
But the donation was not just out of admiration for the college’s and student’s enthusiasm in the world of technology and science. Delgado explained that there is a much bigger issue that has made Ludeca more appreciative of what the students and Midlands Technical College are doing.
“[Ludeca] noticed that there are a growing number of technological and scientific jobs where baby boomers are retiring. [With that,] the new generation needs to be trained. So [Ludeca is] partnering with [Midlands Technical College] to train [their students] on the newest technology and prepare them for those careers,” Delgado said. “There’s a demand for jobs in technical fields and they are good paying careers! It is just that the younger generation may be overlooking these jobs.”
In other words, many people considered a part of the older generation are retiring, opening up many new technological and science-based careers for the younger generation. With that, though, comes the need for the students to be appropriately and adequately trained for these positions. In order to train students and prepare them for these new career openings, Ludeca donated some equipment. Through doing so, the machinery will give students the chance to work with newer equipment and technology, likely ones that they will be working on in the now-open careers. Ludeca is allowing students to get familiar with science and technology that could push the students to fill into the job openings that the older generation is leaving behind.
It is important to remember that while this was an isolated event, it could be one that needs to be replicated in many different ways, to prepare many more kids and students. If other companies similar to Ludeca donated equipment to colleges and schools around the country, it would open up many opportunities for students that would have otherwise not existed.