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New Rosalie C. Mead Scholarship To Assist Women In Advanced Manufacturing


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Rosalie C. Mead and her husband, John Mead, Owner and Founder/ President of Master Gage & Tool Co., present a check to Shannon L. Hair, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development and Executive Director of the DCC Educational Foundation. The funds will be used to establish the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship at DCC, as a tribute to Rosalie. For more information about the scholarship or to apply, contact Shannon Hair at the DCC Educational Foundation, 434.797.8495.

DANVILLE, VA, June 4, 2015 – Female graduates of Danville Community College’s Precision Machining Technology program can now apply for a scholarship to continue their education in advanced manufacturing. The Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship has been established by the DCC Educational Foundation and will be awarded annually, beginning fall 2015 to females enrolling in the new Integrated Machining Technology program at the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining.

Master Gage & Tool Co. of Danville is a woman-owned business, and the scholarship honors its owner, Rosalie C. Mead. The company is a local distributor of dimensional measurement, inspection equipment, calibration services, and specialty tooling products. The scholarship was on the heels of the ribbon cutting for the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining, located at 230 Slayton Avenue.

Troy Simpson, Director of Advanced Manufacturing, says, “John (husband) and Rosalie Mead have been true champions of Danville Community College for years. Not only do they provide resources, but they have provided countless hours and expertise to support and develop manufacturing programs at DCC. This scholarship will provide opportunities for women in our community to take advantage of the training in the Integrated Machining Technology program, which will provide them with lifelong opportunities in manufacturing.?

The Meads have also promoted growth and development in the community since they established the business in 1986. DCC has been a part of the Meads’ vision for the growth of the community, notes Melissa Ghaphery, Operations and Marketing Manager for Master Gage & Tool Co.

“This scholarship is just one more way to encourage the growth of industry in our community, and a tribute to Rosalie, in terms of women in the manufacturing industry,? Ghaphery says.

Shannon Hair, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development, and Executive Director of the DCC Educational Foundation, adds, “Establishing this scholarship is a testament to Mrs. Mead’s faith in the future of women in manufacturing. It has been an honor to work alongside Mrs. Mead and her family in the creation of this scholarship legacy. Our community is blessed to have such a devoted employer that is willing to reinvest in the future of our local economy.?

The industry-driven Integrated Machining Technology program is a partnership between DCC and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. It is designed to provide DCC graduates with a third year of advanced training in an authentic manufacturing workflow cell that will prepare them to enter the workforce with high level machining and metrology skills. The program also focuses on managerial skills to prepare graduates for future leadership positions. The program builds upon the success of the Precision Machining Technology program, which boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for its graduates.

“From a female’s perspective, it’s not the norm to see females in the manufacturing facilities, but I feel that they could be very successful. Through financial means, we might be able to help them start the Integrated Machining Technology program, and encourage them to go into machining,? Ghaphery says. The Meads’ hope is that the scholarship will help set up females for a successful career in advanced manufacturing, following the example of Rosalie Mead.

“Much of Master Gage & Tool Co.’s success can be attributed to Rosalie’s constant concern for her employees and the people in the community. Through this scholarship for women in manufacturing, Rosalie will continue contributing to the growth of women through educational opportunities,? Ghaphery continues.

Rosalie Mead, a businesswoman and former elementary school teacher with a passion for community growth, joined her husband, John, in establishing Master Gage & Tool Co. nearly 30 years ago. She has handled all the operational duties of the family company, while John has handled the customer and vendor development. Rosalie’s role as head of operations for Master Gage & Tool Co. has included functions, such as controller, office administrator, human resources director, inside sales, and other daily operational functions. Rosalie also designed the company’s new office and calibration lab facilities and was instrumental in the opening of Master Gage & Tool Co.’s Charlotte, NC office.

Establishing the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing is a continuation of the Meads’ efforts to contribute to the success of DCC’s programs and graduates. In the past, John Mead has served on the College’s Workforce Services Advisory Board and has been appointed by the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors to the DCC Board, effective July 1. The Meads also have supported the College by hiring graduates of the Precision Machining Technology program.

“We have hired DCC graduates and they’re fine associates,? says John Mead. “We have two female technicians that are graduates of the program. That is consistent with the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship.?

Applicants to the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship must have a letter of acceptance to the Integrated Machining Technology program, take a full credit load each semester, maintain a “B? average in all courses, provide two letters of recommendation, have volunteer experience in the community, provide an essay on what impact the scholarship would have on their life and career, and be at least 18 years old.

For more information about the Rosalie C. Mead Women in Manufacturing Scholarship or to apply, contact the DCC Educational Foundation at 434.797.8495 or click here..


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