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Alum’s gift transforms Penn College’s machining lab

Students majoring in one of five manufacturing-related degrees are benefiting from a gift to Pennsylvania College of Technology, featured in a YouTube video. Larry A. Ward, founder of Packaging Progressions Inc., made a donation exceeding $1 million to revamp the college’s machining lab – the largest alumni gift in the college’s history. Ward’s generosity has resulted in fresh paint, lighting, fixtures and 50 new machines for the 14,299-square-foot instructional space. “It’s just completely transformed the entire lab,” says Dakota C. Harrison, a manufacturing engineering technology major from Lewisberry. “And we really couldn’t have done it without Mr. Ward.”

 

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Haas Factory Outlet representative Ken Wawrzyniak, sales engineer, joins Pennsylvania College of Technology representatives in the college’s Automated Manufacturing Lab to celebrate a donation from the Gene Haas Foundation. From left are Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Chris S. Macdonald, corporate relations officer; Wawrzyniak; and students Jason M. Stringfellow, of Jersey Shore; Nathan A. Rivera, of Temple; Jacob P. Eames, of Schwenksville; and Austin S. Hoke, of Thomasville. All of the students are enrolled in manufacturing engineering technology except for Rivera, who is in automated manufacturing technology.
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