Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence: Rosedale Technical College’s Caribbean Charm Event

Rosedale Technical College marked its 75th anniversary with an unforgettable celebration on June 12 dubbed “Caribbean Charm: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration of 75 Years.” Held at Audi Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s vibrant Strip District, the event drew a room full of enthusiastic supporters who came together to honor the institution’s rich history and its transformative impact […]

Rosedale Technical College marked its 75th anniversary with an unforgettable celebration on June 12 dubbed “Caribbean Charm: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration of 75 Years.” Held at Audi Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh’s vibrant Strip District, the event drew a room full of enthusiastic supporters who came together to honor the institution’s rich history and its transformative impact on students’ lives.

The Caribbean-themed gala was a vibrant tribute to the successes and future aspirations of Rosedale Tech. The evening’s festivities included a variety of Caribbean delights, thanks to Big Burrito Catering, and the mesmerizing sounds of authentic steel drum music by Steel the Beat, which perfectly set the tone for the celebratory atmosphere.

Rosedale Tech’s President, Dennis Wilke, took the stage to reflect on the college’s significant milestones and its ongoing mission to change lives through trade education. He highlighted the school’s evolution and shared exciting plans for future growth, underscoring the life-changing impact Rosedale Tech has had on thousands of students.

“We are the twist in the story for our students.  They change their lives, they change their stories when they come to Rosedale,” said Wilke. “We’ve been helping change student stories for 75 years now…thousands and thousands of stories throughout the years now. We’ve have thousands more stories to tell in the next 75 years.”

Rob Cochran, Chairman and CEO of #1 Cochran, also addressed the attendees, emphasizing the strong philanthropic partnership between his company and Rosedale Technical College. His words resonated with the audience, highlighting the importance of community support in fostering educational success.

Proclamations were given by PA Representative Anita Astorino Kulik and Paul Costa of One+ Strategies on behalf of the office of Allegheny County Executive Sara Innamorato.

Adding a personal touch to the evening, Rosedale Tech alumnus and world-renowned YouTube influencer Paul Danner, known to his followers as ScannerDanner, shared his inspiring journey. He spoke candidly about his transformation from an almost high school dropout to an internationally recognized diagnostic expert, attributing his success to the education and opportunities provided by Rosedale Tech.

“What a blessing learning a trade has been.  It seems like every door that opens, there are two or three more doors and paths to choose from,” said Danner. “Today, I’m teaching to students in 140 countries and I get a front-row seat to see what a trade can do for someone. I get feedback from all over the world about how the impact of learning a trade can truly change lives.”

Danner also introduced his new philanthropic initiative, SD Charities Inc., which he started with his wife Kristin, as a way of giving back and supporting future students and individuals throughout the world.

“With the success of [ScannerDanner] has come the opportunity to move in a different direction and keep paying it forward through the trades. My wife and I have recently launched SD Charities, Inc. with the goal of serving the automotive community and beyond,” said Danner.

The primary goal of the evening was to raise funds for Rosedale Tech’s institutional grant programs, which provide crucial financial support to aspiring technicians. The event was a resounding success, raising approximately $50,000. These funds will be instrumental in continuing the college’s tradition of making education accessible, with nearly 88% of Rosedale Tech students currently utilizing some form of financial aid. In 2023 alone, nearly $175,000 in grants and scholarships were awarded to students.

The celebration would not have been possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Platinum Sponsors for the evening included #1 Cochran, ACCWPA, and Wilke CPAs & Advisors. Gold Sponsors were Acuity Human Resources, Schneider Downs, and PPG. Supporting Sponsors included Don’s Appliances, SD Charities, Inc., Sandler, Don Parker Sales, and Hunter Engineering Company. Their contributions underscore the collaborative spirit that fuels Rosedale Tech’s mission.

Rosedale Tech’s 75th anniversary celebrations are far from over. The college is gearing up for its second Blue Jean Bash, set to take place on October 4th at Rosedale Tech’s campus. This event promises to be another exciting opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate, and support the institution’s ongoing fundraising initiatives. More information and tickets are available at www.rosedaletech.edu/blue-jean-bash/.

As Rosedale Technical College celebrates this milestone, it continues to look forward to a future filled with growth, innovation, and unwavering dedication to student success. Here’s to another 75 years of excellence and transformation!

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