September 21, 2016
Tallahassee, Fla. (September 20, 2016) — Aegis Business Technologies has made a $25,000 gift to Tallahassee Community College to support renovation and updating of a classroom used for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, classes. Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation, announced the gift at today’s TCC District Board of Trustees meeting.
Aegis was represented by the company’s founders, Pamella Butler and Brad Mitchell. Butler, who recently stepped away from her role as CEO, is chair of Aegis’ board of directors. Mitchell, who recently stepped away from his founding role as chief technology officer, continues as the company’s vice president. Blake Dowling, Aegis’ new CEO, was also instrumental in the decision to invest in STEM education at TCC.
Aegis has long been a proponent of technology education. More than 10 years ago, the company started a quarterly lunch and learn program providing free training for their business clients on computer security, backup and other tech topics.
Brad Mitchell caught the technology bug as a student working in the architecture computer lab at Florida A & M University in the early 1980s. After college, he worked for the Florida Department of Natural Resources, where he met his future business partner, Pam Butler.
“I joined her working on one of the most wonderful technology projects that a nerd like me could ever hope to work on,” said Mitchell. “We modernized the land records for the State of Florida. That project showed me how all the technology we had could be used.”
Mitchell has carried his passion for technology into the community as a volunteer mentor and sponsor of Leon High School’s robotics team. So it was a natural next step to promote STEM-related opportunities for TCC students as well.
“I know how powerful both personally and professionally learning to use technology is when it comes to solving many of the problems we have in this world. I am happy that Aegis’ success allows us to help others on their path to becoming the problem solvers of the future.”
Butler, who is a TCC alumna, president of the TCC Foundation’s board of directors and a longtime supporter of the College, sees the gift as important for the company as well.
“We are giving back to TCC in hopes of leaving a legacy for Aegis,” said Butler. “I look forward to students passing by the Aegis classroom and maybe one day aspiring to work for our company.”
The gift is part of the $10 million “TCC. We Rise.” campaign, which has been actively engaging donors and gathering supporters during 2016, TCC’s 50th anniversary year.
For information, contact Heather Mitchell at (850) 201-6067 or MITCHELH@tcc.fl.edu.