At the request of the International Textile Group (ITG), The Burlington Foundation has donated $500,000 to the North Carolina Textile Foundation North Carolina State University’s department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM).
TATM will use a portion of the money to create an internship program that aims to prepare students for post-graduation employment. The Model Internship Program will provide “… students with opportunities that develop the skills they need to succeed and be positive forces in the industry as soon as they begin their careers,” said Nancy L. Cassill, professor and interim department head, TATM.
The funding also will be used to support programs, faculty and students; and an endowment will provide for long-term growth of the department.
“The college has recruited many of the best and brightest students and ITG and Burlington have benefited greatly from our relationship with both the students and the faculty,” said Kenneth T. Kunberger, president and CEO, ITG, and Burlington Foundation Trustee. “We believe that through this investment, we have the ability to strengthen and expand the visibility of the TATM program within the industry, and further enhance the skills and career readiness of its students to compete as future leaders and employees.”