Tuesday, August 30, 2016

University of New Orleans Gets $100,000 Donation from Louisiana Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund

Pat Gootee and John NicklowPat Gootee (left), chairman of the Louisiana Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund, and UNO President John Nicklow.

A $100,000 donation from the Louisiana Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund will support the University of New Orleans College of Engineering. The funds will be used for teaching lab equipment and student scholarships.

The mission of the fund, set up by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, is to promote programs used for contractor educational purposes at Louisiana universities. Fines and penalties levied against violators of the state's contractor licensing law are sent directly to the fund.

“Since 1991, the Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund has been committed to the support of public higher education,” said Pat Gootee, chairman of the Louisiana Contractors’ Educational Trust Fund. “Our longstanding relationship with UNO’s College of Engineering is proof that our investment in UNO is a success. We are confident that our support will help continue UNO’s legacy of economic and social development in the greater New Orleans region. We encourage other organizations and individuals to support the UNO college or department that impacts their industry or profession as a way to grow the economy of the region."

The University of New Orleans is the only university in metro New Orleans that offers degree programs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and civil and environmental engineering. It also has the only naval architecture and marine engineering program in the region, and one of the few in the nation.