Continental makes donation

Continental makes donation for high schools tech programs
Posted on 08/12/2021

Morganton, NC – Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021


When Burke County TSA (Technical Student Associations) students next compete at the state level they will do so under the corporate sponsorship of Continental. Continental has donated $3,900 to support high school engineering students and TSA, which is active at Patton, East Burke and Freedom high schools. 


While the TSAs are growing in popularity in the high schools, Patton’s TSA has been successful in regional and state competitions, including the 42nd Annual NCTSA State Conference in April and Regionals in March. 

Patton's chapter won the Small CAP New Chapter of the Year award at state this year and Patton teacher Clay Nelson received the Youth Educator Award. Last year an all-girls team placed first in the state in Biotechnology Design and another all-girls team placed third place in Board Game Design. Following this year’s second place finish in 3D CAD Engineering, Hailey S. will go on to compete nationally.


This year’s competitions were held virtually but future competitions are expected to be face-to-face and state competitions require a two-night stay in Raleigh.  While CTE funding covers transportation costs of students to and from competitions and costs for the teacher advisors, other funding has to come from parents or creative fundraisers. Continental’s support will lift the burden on families and hopefully make it possible for more students to compete.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “The enthusiasm and accomplishments at these events are crucial to growing STEM students into STEM career adults. Continental’s financial support is immeasurable. We are grateful to call Continental the corporate sponsor of TSA.”


In addition to Continental, Leviton and Case Farms sponsor Patton's TSA.


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