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Center for Rural Pennsylvania Meets on Campus, Tours Labs


Visitors join Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour in the PDC Agency members get a look at the Advanced Programmable Logic Control lab, courtesy of Jim E. Temple, assistant professor/department head of electrical technology/occupations (right)The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the commonwealth’s General Assembly, held its quarterly board meeting at Penn College on Friday. After conducting business and hearing several presentations at the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group toured instructional areas of the Electrical Technologies Center, the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center and College Avenue Labs. The center works with the Legislature; educators; state and federal executive branch agencies; and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania’s 3.4 million rural residents. The 11-member board was invited by its chair, state Sen. Gene Yaw also a member of the college’s Board of Directors to meet on campus. Gathered for a group photo above are, from left, Taylor A. Doebler III, owner-operator, T.A. Seeds LLC, Jersey Shore; Liza Greville, assistant to the president and director of sponsored programs at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, representing UPB President Livingston Alexander; Theodore R. Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State; Karen M. Whitney, president of Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the center’s board of directors; Nancy Falvo, representing faculty from the State System of Higher Education, teaching the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for Clarion University; Stephen M. Brame, vice president of public affairs and member services for the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association/Allegheny Electric Cooperative.

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