JP Cullen Foundation pledges 25K to BTC

The JP Cullen Foundation, charitable arm of the nationally recognized construction company with corporate headquarters in Janesville, has pledged $25,000 to Blackhawk Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center in Milton.

The contribution to Blackhawk’s Manufacturing Matters Now campaign is a Gold level sponsorship. In recognition, room 118 at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center will be recognized as the JP Cullen Foundation classroom.

“This generous donation is just one small example of JP Cullen’s commitment to its community,’’ noted Elizabeth Horvath, BTC’s director of advancement and community relations.

“The JP Cullen Foundation understands the importance of technical education here and all around the state of Wisconsin, and what it means to the overall well-being of Wisconsin communities. We greatly appreciate the Foundation’s support of our educational endeavors at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.’’

The Foundation was founded in 1992 by Mark, David and Richard Cullen in the name of their father, JP Cullen. Establishing the Foundation came 100 years after the founding of the company.

In the past 24 years, the organization has provided more than $3 million in gifts and grants to area educational institutions for programs that mentor students interested in the construction trade. It also contributes to non-profit charities, the United Way and scholarships.

The Foundation is also actively engaged in supporting higher education around Wisconsin through mentorship, internships and co-ops; participation in career fairs, and providing guest lectures for construction related courses and activities.

When asked why this donation was so important to the JP Cullen Foundation, Mark Cullen stated, “Blackhawk Technical College has made a huge difference in the lives of people throughout Rock and Green County, most notably when economic conditions are difficult and people have to retrain to regain their livelihood. Moreover, for several decades many JP Cullen employees, including myself, have benefited from the College. I firmly believe that manufacturing is critical to our region and our State, this donation in a small way reflects how important the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center is to JP Cullen.”

JP Cullen is a fifth-generation family construction business with more than 600 employees. It is noted for taking on challenging government, education, healthcare, commerce, industrial, arts and entertainment and historic restoration projects across Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northeast Iowa.

Manufacturing Matters Now is Blackhawk Technical College’s private $13.6 million campaign for the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, which opened for the 2014-15 school year and was completed in August of 2015 at 15 Plumb St., the former home of ANGI Energy Systems.

The physical plant features 40 welding bays; six automated system labs including robotics, servo, hydraulics, PLC and process control; training labs for fabrication, CNC, industrial maintenance, mechanical design and HVAC/R; the manufacturing information technology classroom, which features the only state approved Manufacturing IT program in Wisconsin; the Capstone Lab where students from all disciplines work together on projects; and Capstone Cameras, where students watch projections of lab work through camera technology.

Blackhawk Technical College relies on both public and private funding to make innovative education happen. Donations to Manufacturing Matters Now support BTC’s efforts to educate, innovate and focus on the future success in manufacturing and technical education in Rock and Green counties.

For further details regarding contributions, contact Horvath (ehorvath@blackhawk.edu or (608) 757-7704, or check out the Manufacturing Matters Now website at http://manufacturingmattersnow.com/about-us/the-ripple-effect.