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 through fundraising events and donations from our community partners. The in the last five years alone, the Foundation has contributed about $300,000 to programs at BUHS that enrich the learning opportunities of its students.
Recently, the Foundation provided financial support in two areas of the newly created Bronco Industries program within the CTE sector at BUHS. Last year, through the purchase of large commercial grade printing machines and heat presses, students in the Graphic Arts and Design classes are now able to design and produce custom t-shirts, hats, 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 cutting device for the Agricultural Mechanics/Welding program to supplement the existing equipment so their students can produce custom designed metalwork (see an example by visiting The Toggery in Bishop). Moreover, we continue provide support for classroom technology such as up-to-date interactive whiteboards and projection systems.
On an even larger scale, we partnered with the Bishop Unified School District and the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools 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 gather socially, collaborate on research projects, or simply do homework, this new facility provides spaces for student, school, and community organizations to hold meetings.