Updated: Feb 2
Two high-profile influencers in western Pennsylvania’s economy have signed on as founding members of the MITCS Innovators Circle, a group of strategic collaborators being formed to help drive the school’s service to students and the regional economy through philanthropic donations and industry-based leadership.
PGT Trucking is providing a $500,000 grant to MITCS to create the PGT Transportation and Logistics Academy. The academy will provide students with the opportunity to earn career-ready credentials in various facets of transportation, logistics, and supply chain management.
“PGT is excited about this partnership with MITCS and the opportunities it will create for the young men and women of our region,” said Patrick A. (Pat) Gallagher, Founder and President of PGT.
“What has impressed me about the team working to develop this innovative and very needed approach to schooling is their passion and their hustle. I’ve seen the great things they’ve achieved in Midland, and I know MITCS is only going to further that record of excellence and success,” Gallagher said. Headquartered in Aliquippa, PGT employs more than 1,030 drivers, mechanics, agents, and support staff, and operates in excess of 1,000 power units and over 1,500 trailers nationwide.
Joining PGT as a founding member of the MITCS Innovators Circle is C.J. Betters Enterprises, which is donating the land on which the school’s first building will be constructed, and is providing other in-kind services and support. Charles J. Betters, Chairman of the Aliquippa-based and nationally-recognized real estate development firm, was an early advisor to the MITCS planning committee and has been a tireless advocate for the project.
“I want our kids here in Beaver County and the surrounding region to have the education and training they’re going to need to build a life for themselves and their families in the coming decades,” Betters said, adding “I am supporting MITCS because I agree with its mission, have confidence in its leadership, and I know just how much a school like this is needed here.”
Midland Innovation + Technology Charter School (MITCS) is a new public high school set to open in September of 2022. Located in Midland, PA (Beaver County) MITCS will provide students with the opportunity to earn their high school diploma while also pursuing certifications, licensing, and associate degrees in high-tech fields and the skilled trades. As a tuition-free public school, MITCS is open for enrollment to any student residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.mitcharterschool.org.