Metro Tech connects to the Hispanic community through balloon art

Metro Tech Industrial Coordinator Richard Broom hones an interesting craft during his free time...he makes balloon art as a Shriner Clown. Broom has been a Shriner Clown since 1988, and during that time, he's driven Go-Karts, corvettes, clowned in the Shrine Circus and entertained during community events. 

Over the last year, he and his fellow clowns have volunteered their time at Metro Tech-sponsored events such as the Hispanic Chamber Expo to promote programs and services Metro Tech offers to the community-at-large. Metro Tech students and employees are on hand at these events to answer questions, offer guidance and meet prospective students. 

The best part about clowning, Broom said, is acting silly for a good cause.

"The Shriner Hospital for Children treats children regardless of their family's ability to pay, and that's the reason for many of our philanthropic efforts," Broom said. 

Metro Tech is a proud supporter of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which offers many programs and events that directly benefit students and their families.