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Eight students gain state certification in pesticide application


Eight Pennsylvania College of Technology students have passed the state Department of Agriculture’s Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam, administered in November at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

“This is something that many employers look for in a hire,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture who incorporated the test into his Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants class during the Fall 2020 semester. “With this certification, these students will have a definite advantage over their competition in the job market.”

The Penn College students and the categories in which they successfully tested:

Core exam and Category 6 (ornamentals and shade trees): Axel D. Cluck, of Orrtanna; Connor S. Komancheck, of Stevens; Sara L. Plankenhorn, of Williamsport; and Abby J. Ritchey, of Roaring Spring. Plankenhorn is an applied management student also pursuing associate degrees in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis and landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Cluck, Komancheck and Ritchey are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.

Private application (agriculture-related spraying on privately held land): Sammy R. Held, of Winfield; Marilyn T. Hiller, of South Williamsport; and Quinn R. Loudy and Cyra E. Sterner, both of Williamsport. Held is an applied management major also majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Hiller, Loudy and Sterner are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

For more about the college’s landscape/plant production technology major, visit the School of Engineering Technologies or call 570-327-4520. For more information about the college’s bachelor’s degree in applied management, visit the School of Business, Arts & Sciences or call 570-327-4521.

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