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Johnson Controls supports welding program

Johnson Controls and its York-based Navy Systems business has bolstered welding education at Pennsylvania College of Technology by donating $30,000 worth of materials in the past year and a half.

Recently, the company, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of the college, boosted its support with a $10,000 gift toward curriculum enhancements and additional equipment and materials procurement. It is also providing personal protective equipment/hand tool packages to be awarded to students for exemplary work in Penn College’s welding program.

Materials purchased courtesy of philanthropic support from Johnson Controls and its York-based Navy Systems business are benefiting students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.
Materials purchased courtesy of philanthropic support from Johnson Controls and its York-based Navy Systems business are benefiting students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s welding program.

Johnson Controls Navy Systems has recruited a number of graduates from the college’s welding and metal fabrication program, including Alex M. Zelger, a 2019 welding and fabrication engineering technology graduate who helped coordinate support for the program through material donations.

“The commitment of Johnson Controls Navy Systems to provide these materials is essential to our welding students’ ability to apply their hands-on skills,” said Chris S. Macdonald, assistant director of corporate relations. “Their financial support allows our faculty to expand the program’s offerings through targeted enhancements that keep Penn College students ahead of the curve. We are very grateful to have Johnson Controls Navy Systems as a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner and active supporter of Penn College.”

“We are proud to support Penn College through these donations of materials and lab test equipment,” said John Washabaugh, director of operations, Johnson Controls Navy Systems. “The skills the graduates demonstrate from the welding program’s hands-on instruction prepare them for success within our workforce from the start. We value our partnership with Penn College and look forward to continued engagement and expansion into other career fields.”

“Our students achieve success through constant practical application of the many welding processes Penn College offers,” added Michael R. Allen, instructor and co-department head for welding at Penn College. “Material resources are essential for us to provide these hands-on experiences. Support from Johnson Controls Navy Systems with material and financial donations allows the faculty to properly prepare our students for rewarding careers in the industry. We greatly appreciate their contributions and are proud to have them as partners.”

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

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls Navy Systems has been keeping the Navy cool for more than 100 years. We specialize in shipboard HVAC/R systems and services; our YORK® products are installed on more than 90% of the U.S. Navy fleet, and on U.S. Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command vessels.

At Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. As the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, our mission is to reimagine the performance of buildings to serve people, places and the planet. With a history of more than 135 years of innovation and a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls offers the world’s largest portfolio of building technology, software and services. For more information, visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

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