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Legislative Visit Reaffirms College’s Global Economic Impact

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes the day's visitors to the Student and Administrative Services Center State Rep. Peter J. Daley gets to know a group of welding students in the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center State Rep. Rick Mirabito, left, a member of the college's board of directors, talks with C. Hank White, director of the Plastics Manufacturing Center, during a tour of the Thermoforming Center of Excellence (Gary E. McQuay, PMC project engineer, is operating the machinery in background) William E. Mack, assistant dean of industrial and engineering technologies, leads guests through the Haas Manufacturing Center in College Avenue Labs Steven H. Wallace, assistant dean of transportation technology, answers questions in the newly dedicated Honda lab within the Parkes Automotive Technology CenterA contingent of Pennsylvania House Commerce Committee members, joined by state and regional business leaders, toured Penn College on Thursday to see firsthand how industry-responsive technical education can drive the engine of economic development in the commonwealth and beyond. Led by Rep. Peter J. Daley (D-Fayette/Washington), committee chair, and hosted by Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming). the group with William J. Martin, the college’s senior vice president, as its guide toured a sampling of hands-on instructional areas, visited the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center, and lunched on campus.