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Cummins Boosts Student Support Through Additional Donation

Cummins Power Systems, with a local branch that employs five Pennsylvania College of Technology graduates, has donated a 12-liter ISX industrial engine to the institution’s diesel program.

The newer-model engine was recently delivered to the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood by Cummins Power Systems, which has an office on Lycoming Creek Road.

“Supporting the programs at Penn College with Cummins products will help develop future diesel technicians to support the growing demand in our area,” said Donald E. Musser, service manager at Cummins Power Systems.

Surrounding a donated Cummins engine are, from left,  Donald Musser, service/parts manager, Cummins Power Systems; Justin Beishline and Chris Weaver, co-department heads for diesel equipment technology at Penn College; Cummins driver Brad Burkholder; and Dan Lucas, parts person, Cummins Power Systems. (Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies)
Surrounding a donated Cummins engine are, from left, Donald Musser, service/parts manager, Cummins Power Systems; Justin Beishline and Chris Weaver, co-department heads for diesel equipment technology at Penn College; Cummins driver Brad Burkholder; and Dan Lucas, parts person, Cummins Power Systems. (Photo by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies)

The manufacturer is at the forefront of compliance with tighter emission regulations across the globe and is a leading provider of diesel engines to industries that include transportation and oil and gas. The machinery will be used by first-year diesel majors in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.

“This will allow students in Diesel Engine Overhaul courses the opportunity to fully disassemble and rebuild this engine,” said Justin W. Beishline, instructor of diesel equipment technology. “The thrill the students get from a complete rebuild and the accomplishment they feel when they get that engine running is priceless. We are truly grateful for our relationship with Cummins Power Systems and look forward to using this engine for many years.”

This was the second such equipment donation to the diesel program in recent months; Cummins Inc. delivered a 15-liter ISX engine in late April. The mutually beneficial relationship also involves faculty training and Cummins’ representation on the college’s Diesel Technology Advisory Committee.

“We look forward to a continued strong relationship with Cummins,” said Mary A. Sullivan, executive director of the Earth Science Center and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. “They are leaders in the industry, and their recent donations will certainly enhance the students’ lab experiences within the diesel technology program.”

The school offers associate degrees in diesel technology and on-site power generation, as well as a diesel technician certificate. For more information, call 570-327-4516.

For information about Penn College, which is in the midst of a yearlong Centennial celebration, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.