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Foundation Earmarks Scholarships to Penn College

A prominent American manufacturing education foundation is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s commitment to the field by awarding $20,000 in scholarship funds for the 2016-17 academic year.

The Gene Haas Foundation has earmarked five $4,000 scholarships for students enrolled in four manufacturing programs at the college: manufacturing engineering technology bachelor’s degree, automated manufacturing technology and machine tool technology associate degrees, and machinist general certificate.

“Our country needs a strong manufacturing economy, yet the skills gap in American manufacturing is very real. Careers in manufacturing are many, and they provide a good stable income and lifestyle,” said Kathy Looman, director of the Gene Haas Foundation.

Acknowledging Haas Automation Inc.’s ongoing support of Penn College students are (from left) Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement; and Ed Kilgallon, president of the Lance Co. The Bensalem Haas Factory Outlet is an affiliate of the Lance Co.
Acknowledging Haas Automation Inc.’s ongoing support of Penn College students are (from left) Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement; and Ed Kilgallon, president of the Lance Co. The Bensalem Haas Factory Outlet is an affiliate of the Lance Co.

Established by Gene Haas, owner of Haas Automation Inc., the country’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, the foundation has awarded over $43 million to more than 1,500 charitable organizations and schools.

“We are grateful to the Gene Haas Foundation and its support of our hands-on manufacturing curriculum at the college,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations. “Our manufacturing graduates are filling critical industry shortages, and thanks to the generous support of the foundation, more students will have the financial means to secure such a valuable education.”

Those interested in contributing to or establishing a Penn College scholarship fund should contact the Institutional Advancement Office, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701, or call 570-320-8000.

Students who wish to apply for any of the 200-plus scholarships administered by the Penn College Foundation should complete the online application.

For information on manufacturing degrees and other majors offered by the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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Haas Factory Outlet representative Ken Wawrzyniak, sales engineer, joins Pennsylvania College of Technology representatives in the college’s Automated Manufacturing Lab to celebrate a donation from the Gene Haas Foundation. From left are Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Chris S. Macdonald, corporate relations officer; Wawrzyniak; and students Jason M. Stringfellow, of Jersey Shore; Nathan A. Rivera, of Temple; Jacob P. Eames, of Schwenksville; and Austin S. Hoke, of Thomasville. All of the students are enrolled in manufacturing engineering technology except for Rivera, who is in automated manufacturing technology.
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