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ECU College of Technology and Computer Science dean David White, far left, and Chancellor Steve Ballard, far right, display the check representing the final installment of funds to support a field teaching lab. Also pictured are, left to right, Korey Coon, Neil Britten-Austin, Kristin Girard, Tim Green, Scott Cooper, Jim Roush and Leslie Pagliari, associate dean.

Caterpillar Presents Final Installment for TECS

Caterpillar Inc. presented its final installment of $150,000 to the College of Technology and Computer Science from a $500,000 pledge made in 2006.  This gift will support the future Construction Research Applied Field Teaching (CRAFT) lab.

The CRAFT lab will provide an opportunity for students to learn construction and management skills in an applied environment for commercial, residential and heavy highway/infrastructure concentrations.

Caterpillar and Gregory Poole, a Caterpillar authorized dealer, made the pledge for the High-Bay and CRAFT labs to span over a five-year period that would serve as faculty development and training, equipment, materials as well as lab maintenance and student activities.

David White, dean of the College of Technology and Computer Science, said, “The college would like to thank Caterpillar and Gregory Poole for their unwavering dedication and generous donations over the years.

“The lab will provide students with the hand-on education needed for the working environment.”

This story appeared originally in the Dec. 10, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at