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Gubernatorial Candidate Visits College’s Main Campus

Visiting the welding facilities in the MTC Taking reporters' questions Dan Onorato, Democratic candidate for governor (against Republican Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania’s attorney general) toured Penn College on Tuesday and held a press conference in the Center for Business & Workforce Development. Onorato, chief executive for Allegheny County, visited the renovated welding labs in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center and discussed the college’s role in preparing workers for the natural gas industry within the Marcellus Shale play. (Pictured from left in the foreground are Senior Vice President William J. Martin; Onorato; Donald O. Praster, dean of industrial and engineering technologies; and college President Davie Jane Gilmour. At the rear are, from left, Larry L. Michael, executive director, workforce and economic development; Paul L. Starkey, vice president for academic affairs/provost; and Williamsport Sun-Gazette reporter Mike Reuther.) “Pennsylvania College of Technology is a living example of what we need to be doing to insure proper training for the jobs of today and tomorrow,”Onorato said. “Not only in the Marcellus, which is a generational change, but in matching all of the curriculum to the needs of the companies within the commonwealth.”