CAPT Donates to Tri Star

Tri Star Career Compact Director Tim Buschur (left) accepts a donation of $200,000 from Celina Aluminum Precision Technology (CAPT) during a ceremony Wednesday morning. Presenting the check to Buschur is Quality Manager Shirley Gross (center) and Yutaka Ito, CAPT president.
Staff Writer

With the help of employees at Celina Aluminum Precision Technology (CAPT), Tri Star Career Compact got an early Christmas present for its Robotic, Electronic and Computer Technologies (REC Tech) program. Wednesday morning, CAPT’s leadership presented Tri Star Director Tim Buschur with a $200,000 donation for the purchase of new robotic units at Tri Star 2.0.

“For the students, donations like this are tremendous but I think it shows the commitment our local companies have for the community; they want to be a part of the community, they want to see it grow,” Buschur said.

CAPT President Yutaka Ito said Wednesday’s donation was not only an investment in Tri Star but also an investment in the future of CAPT. Ito added that his 37 years of experience as an engineer at Honda Automotive gives him an added understanding of how important education is for a strong workforce.

“A very, very bright future is waiting for these skilled students,” he said.

And it’s a future that is in demand.

Buschur emphasized the need in the program shown through the program’s enrollment numbers. Three or four years ago, he recalled having 16 students in REC Tech.

“Now we have 36 [students] with a waiting list,” he said.

The $200,000 will not be spent all at once, Buschur said. With the rapid innovation and changes in technology, Tri Star will look to purchase new robots every few years to stay current on technology students will encounter in the workplace.

Keeping students and adults prepared for a productive career in the community is part of Tri Star’s mission but with CAPT’s donation, Buschur hopes the two can grow in unison.