Bank of Lincoln County representatives present a $1,000 check to the Lincoln County High School robotics program. Here, Marty LeBlanc, coach, and robotics team members accept the donation.

Bank of Lincoln County supports our local schools through numerous events, programs and monetary donations throughout the school year. Lincoln County High School Robotics program is one that BOLC has chosen to continually support.

The program was established at Lincoln County High School in 2001 and continues to expand. The team competes regularly in competitions, and its mission is to unite students, mentors and community volunteers in an environment of creativity and STEM interaction.

“Education is important to all of our Lincoln County residents and businesses,” said Marty LeBlanc, coach of the LCHS Robotics team and teacher of mathematics, PLTW-CTE and LEAPs coordinator. “By the time our students graduate, over half of the available jobs will be in the STEM field, and a large portion of the rest of the jobs will require employees to have some STEM knowledge. When students are introduced to robotics during their school years, they discover interests and talents that they may need in this job market, jobs that will impact Lincoln County in the upcoming years.”

The program participates in several competitions throughout the year, according to LeBlanc.

“Lincoln County Robotics currently has five competing teams that encompass students in fifth through 12th grades. Our next competition will be with our #OneLCRobotics BEST Team at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., on Oct. 12. “We are looking forward to a fantastic season!”

Gay G. Dempsey, CEO, said, “By contributing to the robotics program, BOLC hopes to help enable students in learning valuable leadership, creative thinking and communication skills for future business endeavors. If you have never attended a competition, I encourage you to do so because they are thrilling.”

LeBlanc added, “Without area businesses - like the Bank Lincoln County - supporting our robotics program, we would not be able to provide our students with the experiences and materials needed to succeed in their futures.”

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