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College Emissaries Tout ‘degrees that work’ at Mentor Event

Representatives of the School of Construction & Design Technologies recently traveled to an ACE affiliate event hosted at Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School. ACE Mentor Mike Weidner, of Weidner Construction Services in Mechanicsburg, and Jason E. Krick, an assistant professor in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s construction management major, coordinated the opportunity to introduce ACE Mentor participants and their parents to the college’s “degrees that work.”

Brad M. Martin (center) and alumnus Peter J. Shkuda (right) speak with ACE Mentor participants about the 100-percent placement rate among Penn College's construction management graduates. (Photo by Susan Martin)
Brad M. Martin (center) and alumnus Peter J. Shkuda (right) speak with ACE Mentor participants about the 100-percent placement rate among Penn College’s construction management graduates. (Photo by Susan Martin)

Brad M. Martin, instructor of construction management; Rob A. Wozniak, an associate professor of architectural technology (who also represented building science and sustainable design); and John J. Miknis, assistant professor of civil engineering technology (who discussed the college’s surveying technology major, as well); each presented on the career fields within their respective departments, followed by individualized interaction with students and their families.

Also present was alumnus Peter J. Shkuda (2014, construction management), a project engineer at Eastern PCM, a construction management firm in the Harrisburg area. He is an ACE Mentor and serves on the steering committee for the Dauphin County ACE Chapter.

The ACE Mentor Program of America Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to inspire the next generation of construction professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering.

More than 3,000 industry volunteers introduce secondary students to the broad range of career possibilities and make them aware of the shortage of qualified employees. As part of the 2015 American Graduate Day, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the ACE Mentor Program of America was named as an American Graduate Champion for the volunteer time, skills and resources it provides to improve educational outcomes for our nation’s youth.

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