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Branch Area Careers Center receives $156,000 gift from former instructor

Branch Area Careers Center
Branch Area Careers Center

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The Branch Area Career Center has received a major donation from a former long-time instructor in the school’s auto body collision program. The Branch Intermediate School District Board of Education yesterday learned of the gift from the late Joe Bakle, who passed away a year ago.  The $156,000 donation will go to the BACC scholarship fund through the Branch County Community Foundation.

Bakle worked at the Career Center for 21 years while being involved in many educational clubs such as V.I.C.A. He received numerous awards of recognition in his teaching career and in 2012 was inducted into the National Technical Honorary Society. Bakle and his wife lived in Coldwater until 1999 when they moved to Iron Mountain.   

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