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Grant Funds Allow Technicians to Attend Refresher Course

WDCE's Thomas W. Fry discusses motor and motor controls during Wednesday afternoon's Refresh Tech session.
WDCE’s Thomas W. Fry discusses motor and motor controls during Wednesday afternoon’s Refresh Tech session.
Employees of area businesses fill a classroom in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, thanks to training scholarships.
Employees of area businesses fill a classroom in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, thanks to training scholarships.

Forty employees from 18 regional companies are attending a weeklong Refresh Tech class, an interactive review of selected topics designed for multidisciplined maintenance technicians and offered by Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College. Divided into two sessions of 20 students each, the class was quickly filled due to $500-per-person scholarships from a Central PA Works grant administered by the nine-county Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp. The course – taught by Thomas W. Fry, industrial technology specialist – began with electrical basics and discussed a number of other essential concepts before moving to a consideration of newer applications from a troubleshooter’s perspective.