FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE
The Foundation for Excellence (FFE) is a local charitable organization dedicated to financially supporting Academic and Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at Bishop Union High School in Bishop, CA, through fundraising events and donations from our community partners. In the last five years alone, the Foundation has contributed over $300,000 to programs at BUHS that enrich the educational opportunities of its students. For years our focus has been to provide the most modern learning technology available.
Most recently we funded new computers to augment previous purchases for the Bronco Industries Graphic Arts and Design program. A few years ago we provided large commercial-grade printing machines and heat presses so students can design and produce custom apparel, posters and stickers for in-house needs as well as for community organizations that request and pay for these services. In the spring of 2017 the FFE bought a $25K plasma cutter for the Agricultural Mechanics/Welding program to supplement existing equipment so students can produce custom-designed metalwork.
In late 2021 we also approved funding for Samsung 85-inch Ultra-High Definition Interactive Displays for every classroom to replace the older Interactive Boards we began funding over a decade ago. These were installed in early 2022 and were met with enthusiasm by teachers and students alike. In particular, teachers have commented on the ease of implementation, ability to annotate text on screen, simplicity in integrating short video clips, clarity of instruction and faster student comprehension, and most importantly, superior visibility and sound over previous presentation systems.
On a larger scale, a few years back the FFE partnered with the Inyo County Office of Education and Bishop Unified School District to renovate the BUHS library in order to create the technology-rich 21st century learning environment called the Bronco Student Center. In addition to becoming a vibrant hub on campus for students to collaborate on school work, gather socially, or simply do homework, this facility provides meeting spaces for students, school, and community organizations.
The Foundation for Excellence prides itself on helping the students and staff of Bishop Union High School to stay ahead of the technology curve. We appreciate the generous support provided by so many individuals and businesses within the community of Bishop.