Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) recently donated $6,700 from the participants in its first-ever Industry Night to the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI). The donation will go toward the establishment of the Allan Howie Fund which will provide grants to students from educational institutions supported by MHIA's Technical Career Education Program (TCEP). The grants will pay travel expenses for selected students and teachers to MHIA trade events ProMat and MODEX.
The money for the donation was raised from admission fees for MHIA's Industry Night, held during MODEX 2012 at the Georgia Aquarium. Over 1,400 industry professionals attended this networking event. "MHIA is pleased to make this donation on behalf of the participants of Industry Night and are thrilled that the money will be utilized to fund travel for students so they can experience the industry's leading manufacturing and supply chain events," said MHIA CEO, George W. Prest. "What a great experience and opportunity this will provide the next generation of our industry."
MHIA recently announced the retirement of Allan Howie, Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development of MHIA and champion of MHIA's TCEP initiative. During his career, Allan has worked tirelessly with public schools, community colleges, governmental agencies and charitable institutions to educate individuals seeking to enter the warehousing, distribution, supply chain and logistics industry at the entry level. MHEFI established the Allan Howie Fund in his honor as a tribute to his over 30 years of service to the industry.
“Allan's 30 years of service to the industry have been marked by his passion for educating and training students in the area of material handling, supply chain and logistics," added Prest. "We are proud to establish this fund in his honor.”
MHEFI is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting material handling education. Established in 1976, MHEFI has provided over $2 million in scholarship and grants, through private and corporate donations, to graduate and undergraduate students, as well as to academicians and their institutions. MHEFI offers a variety of scholarships to students pursuing an education in material handling.
The Technical Career Education Program (TCEP) is a joint educational endeavor of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) and the Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc (MHEFI). TCEP's mission is to provide instructional support to educational institutions seeking to provide training for entry level students in the area of warehousing and distribution, supply chain and logistics by developing core teaching materials for programs training tomorrows warehouse and distribution workforce.