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Penn College students benefit from Komatsu equipment loans

Standing before a WA320 wheel loader during its display on main campus – one of three pieces of equipment on loan from Komatsu to Pennsylvania College of Technology – are (from left) Mark Hufcut, Komatsu general manager; Holly Bodnar, marketing manager; student Joseph C. Moore, a heavy construction equipment technology: operator emphasis major from Lock Haven; Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College's director of corporate relations; Donna Evans, regional recruiter for Komatsu; Dave Eister, director of training; and Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology at the college.

Three pieces of Komatsu construction machinery are on loan to Pennsylvania College of Technology for use at the institution’s heavy equipment operations site in Brady Township.

Operations students at the 125-acre outdoor lab south of main campus are afforded regular access to the wheel loader, bulldozer and excavator through the end of the semester, the latest in Komatsu’s philanthropy on behalf of its future workforce.

“The equipment that Komatsu has provided to us has been a valuable asset to student learning in our operations lab,” said Ryan W. Peck, instructor of diesel equipment technology. “The exposure the students have gotten from this equipment is indescribable in how it has helped prepare them to go into the earth-moving industry.”

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October 18, 2019
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Penn College Dinner & Auction raises $100K for scholarships

Student development assistants helped with the coordination of a successful 2019 Dinner & Auction recently at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The students greeted and assisted guests with auction bidding and then assisted in the checkout process. From left, are Mary C. Watts, of Quakertown, information assurance and cyber security; Jon R. Hendrickson, of Cowansville, software development and cyber security; Zachary J. Kravitz, of Berwyn, construction management; Rudy C. Shadle, of Mechanicsburg, construction management; and Danielle R. Wesneski, of Williamsport, applied management and baking and pastry arts.

The recent Dinner & Auction hosted by the Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation raised $100,354 for student scholarships, the second consecutive time the event has cleared the $100,000 fundraising threshold.

Held every other year, the Dinner & Auction has generated a total of $686,527 spread over a dozen events held since 1994. The 2019 edition of the Dinner & Auction featured 20 silent auction items and 23 live auction items.

“We are so thankful for the dedication of our auction committee and the support from our sponsors and item donors,” said Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation. “This event is a demonstration of the commitment of the community toward our students and the applied technology education they are seeking. While there were dozens of great items up for bid, everyone was there because they believe in our students and wanted to make an impact on the next generation of ‘tomorrow makers.’”

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Penn College students in demand at Career Fair

Bryan T. Robinson (center), a 2015 Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics and polymer engineering technology graduate employed by Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, returned to campus with co-worker Ryan A. Flexman to meet with students during the college's Fall Career Fair on Oct. 15-16. Robinson was among the many alumni recruiters at the event, which brought more than 450 employers to the Field House and Bardo Gymnasium.

The “tomorrow makers” of Pennsylvania College of Technology attracted 458 companies and organizations to campus for a recent two-day Fall Career Fair.

The employers – including 27 Fortune 500 companies – offered nearly 4,900 job and internship opportunities to the 1,942 students who attended the event at the college’s Field House and Bardo Gymnasium. Student participation was the highest in the college’s history.

The number of employers and students exceeded national benchmarks for college career fairs. A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that schools averaged 208 employers and 1,441 students at career fairs.

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