Saturday, April 20, 2019

Endowment for Technology Center Established

Mike BakaysaA new permanent endowment to help support the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center has recently been established with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Michael Bakaysa III Fund for Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center is intended to provide support to the Center for special unfunded projects or expenses. Mr. Bakaysa is a graduate of Elk Lake High School and his intention with this endowment is to pay back to the school and community that was formative for him as he began his career in state government in the field of workforce and economic development.

A native of Springville, Michael Bakaysa III left the area to attend Belknap College in Centre Harbor, New Hampshire where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. In addition, Mr. Bakaysa attended Penn State University with a concentration in Labor Relations. He is also a veteran having served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Bakaysa began his professional career in Scranton as an employment interviewer with the Bureau of Employment Security with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. He spent 40 years working with Labor & Industry in various capacities including providing technical assistance, conducting compliance monitoring, serving as a Labor & Industry School-to-Work Representative in conjunction with the Departments of Education, Community & Economic Development, and Governor’s Policy Office; acting as Supervisor of the PA CareerLink Oversight Coordination Services Area; and supervising a staff that provided oversight of Pennsylvania’s workforce & economic development delivery system in Harrisburg. He was also Supervisor of the statewide Youth, Education, and Services Unit.
Mr. Bakaysa retired as Site Administrator of the Lackawanna County CareerLink office.

As a member of the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center’s Advisory Committee, he looks forward to closely working with Dr. Alice Davis, Executive Director of the Career and Technology Center and Bill DesRosiers of Cabot Oil & Gas as well as other Advisory Committee members in furthering the goals and objectives of the Technology Center.

Mr. Bakaysa’s fund joins eight other Community Foundation endowments that provide support to the Technology Center to help better serve its students: The Bondurant Family Fund for Automotive Technology, Cabot Oil & Gas Fund for Career & Technology Students, Claverack Education Fund, John James Memorial Fund to Benefit FBLA Clubs, Leopold & Jane Schreiber Fund for Culinary Arts, Diane Yakoski Memorial Nursing Fund, Rusty Ely Memorial Fund, and Veterans Education and Training Support Fund. Mr. Bakaysa’s most recent support of the Technology Center is further testimony of the work on behalf of the school’s administration and faculty to serve the needs of the students from Susquehanna and Wyoming counties who attend the myriad of programs at The Technology Center. His foresight is appreciated and will provide assistance for many generations to come.

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