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Lumber-Kiln Project Gets $1,000 Boost From Industry Group

A $1,000 grant toward the purchase of a new lumber-drying kiln chamber for forestry students at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been provided by the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association.

The kiln will enhance the industry-standard curriculum for students in Penn College’s two-year forest technology major.

Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.
Paul Lyskava (left), executive director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association, presents a $1,000 donation to Erich R. Doebler, laboratory assistant for forest technology at Penn College, and Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

Paul Lyskava, PFPA’s executive director, delivered the organization’s contribution during a recent industry gathering on the college’s main campus in Williamsport.

“This new kiln is an important part of the Penn College forestry program, and it will enhance the education of future students,” he said. “This forestry program plays an important role in providing our industry with qualified students every year.”

The new kiln will accommodate both wet-bulb and dry-bulb temperature readings, giving students the opportunity to learn how to follow a kiln schedule, understand kiln charts, apply methods and procedures, and learn what is required of a professional in the kiln-dried products industry.

“We are grateful for the support the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association has provided to this project to help provide forestry students with state-of-the art technology,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations.

Those interested in contributing to the forestry program or establishing a scholarship fund for students can send a donation to the Penn College Foundation, One College Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701; or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

For information about Penn College’s forest technology major, which is accredited by the Society of American Foresters, call 570-327-4516.

For information about the 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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