A recent gift from Wynndalco Enterprises to the College of DuPage Foundation is providing engineering students with additional opportunities to gain hands-on experience.
The $30,000 in funding will benefit members of COD’s Engineering and Technology Club, a student organization that provides a diverse, flexible, open and constructive environment for prospective engineers and technicians to work together on projects, gain experience, and promote engineering and technology. The club’s activities include the Robotics Team and the Engineering Olympics.
Wynndalco Enterprises is an IT managed services firm for state and local governments, educational institutions, and Fortune 500 companies. David Andalcio, CEO of Wynndalco Enterprises, said the gift aligns with the organization’s commitment to education.
“Education is the prescription to sustainability,” he said. “It is our core mission that every student has a fair and equal opportunity to a quality education and to effectively compete globally.”
COD Physics Professor Tom Carter, who supports engineering initiatives on campus such as the Robotics Team, the COD chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and STEMCON, said the funding will result in a higher level of learning and better preparation for employment after students complete their engineering degrees.
“Wynndalco’s extremely generous gift will support the Engineering and Technology Club’s efforts in a broad range of areas, specifically in robotics design, construction and competition. The gift will allow our first- and second-year students to be involved in demanding engineering activities that would normally be assigned to senior students at a four-year school. That makes COD unique in the two-year college world.”The mission of the College of DuPage Foundation is to obtain and steward contributions to expand educational and cultural opportunities for the COD community. To make a contribution, visit foundation.cod.edu.