Sussex County Technical School honored Thorlabs, a high-tech photonics manufacturing facility in Newton, as its Business Partner of the Year.
The award is given annually to a county vocational technical school business partner for outstanding contributions to career and technical education. Business partners play a variety of roles, including serving on county vocational technical school program advisory boards, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience, donating equipment, or serving as mentors and role models for students.
Thorlabs has been a partner to the engineering program at Sussex County Technical School for several years.
“Their continued support in both materials and technical guidance has been invaluable,” said Sussex County Technical School Superintendent Gus Modla, adding that Pat Mulvoy and Jamie LaCouture have enabled the relationship to blossom into a true partnership.
Most recently, Alex Cable, owner and CEO of ThorLabs, donated tooling for new CNC machines used in the engineering program.
“With the help from ThorLabs, Sussex Tech’s engineering program has become a state-of-the art manufacturing facility for the training of tomorrow’s manufacturing and engineering employees,” Modla said.