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In a world of rapidly changing technology and increasingly tight budgets, it can be difficult, if not impossible, for universities to give students the chance to become familiar with equipment they may be required to use in the "real world" of industry.

To help remedy that problem, several companies collectively donated more than $2 million in equipment and financial support to Utah State University's College of Engineering last year.In recognition of the corporate donations - which ranged from more than $61,000 to as high as $1 million - USU is naming five engineering laboratories for the contributing companies.

Bruce Bishop, dean of the College of Engineering, said during opening ceremonies for the Tektronix, Inc. Electronic Measurement Student Laboratory, that many schools have abandoned hands-on training for their students and focused on theory courses that require less equipment.

Tom Clarke, Tektronix, Inc. district sales manager, said his company is interested in assisting education because the company needs its future employees to be thoroughly trained on state-of-the-art equipment.