KLA Endows New Scholarship
“It’s extremely gratifying to present (HFC) with the KLA Laboratories, Inc. Technology Scholarship. As an HFC alumnus and a Dearborn resident, I’m grateful to be able to support the growth of students pursuing an education in the field of information technology,” - Matt O'Bryan, President and COO of KLA Laboratories
Matthew J. O’Bryan, president/COO of Dearborn-based KLA Laboratories, Inc., recently presented a $10,000 check to the HFC Foundation to start the KLA Laboratories, Inc. Technology Scholarship Award.
In addition to the $10,000, O’Bryan also donated two $1,000 scholarship checks to the HFC Foundation, which will be awarded to deserving students beginning next month.
HFC President Dr. Stan Jensen and O’Bryan, a 1988 HFC alumnus, signed this endowment agreement on Sept. 28. Also present at the signing were A. Reginald Best, HFC vice president of Development; O’Bryan’s sister Mary, the KLA Corporation secretary and Marketing/New Business Development manager; and Dwaine Polio, KLA director of Network Services.
This scholarship will provide financial support for up to two students who are currently enrolled in HFC’s Computer Networking Technology (CNT) program. The scholarship is inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees for CNT 200, the final course in the CNT program. The scholarship criteria is as follows:
· The student must be pursuing a Certificate of Achievement of the Computer Networking Academy (CCNA) or an associate degree in Applied Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS);
· The student must submit a one-page essay describing their career goals; and
· The student must have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0, successfully completed CNT 110, CNT 120 and must be enrolled in CNT 210.
In partnership with Cisco Systems, HFC is designated as a Cisco Networking Academy and offers preparation programs for Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). Cisco certifications are consistently rated among the most highly valued certifications within the IT industry by both employers and IT professionals.
“KLA is very committed to the HFC Cisco Networking Academy, our instructors, and our students. This strong partnership is beneficial to everyone involved,” said HFC Cisco instructor Todd Browning.
According to O’Bryan, KLA employs more than 30 alumni at the family-owned integrator of communications technology, which also recently celebrated its 85th anniversary. KLA has partnerships with Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. (GM), Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Comerica Park, Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena, Cobo Center, Nationwide Arena, Michigan State University (MSU), The University of Michigan (U-M), Ohio State University (OSU), JP Morgan Chase, among others.
KLA has provided audio systems for every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama when in Detroit, as well as for Pope John Paul II during his 1987 visit to Detroit. KLA’s equipment has also been used at the Super Bowl in 1982 and 2006, and the World Series in 1968, 1984, 2006 and 2012. Also, KLA equipment has been used in several movies filmed in Michigan, including next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
“It’s extremely gratifying to present (HFC) with the KLA Laboratories, Inc. Technology Scholarship. As an HFC alumnus and a Dearborn resident, I’m grateful to be able to support the growth of students pursuing an education in the field of information technology,” said O’Bryan.
For more about KLA Laboratories Inc., please visit http://www.klalaboratories.com/.
Polio compared the HFC Cisco Networking Academy to an Olympic training center.
“There are good Olympic training centers and there’s the best Olympic training center. The HFC Cisco program is the best training center,” said Polio.