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Manufacturing alumnus among honorees at Chamber education event

Kenneth F. Healy, executive vice president and director of engineering at PMF Industries Inc., received an Alumni of the Year Award during the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s 20th annual Education Celebration on Thursday evening.

The event, held this year at the Bald Birds Brewing Co. in Jersey Shore, honors students and educators from across Lycoming County, as well as alumni from Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College who have made a positive impact on the local community.

Kenneth F. HealyHealy holds Penn College degrees in engineering drafting technology (1990) and manufacturing engineering technology (2001).

“Penn College really gave me the opportunity to be hands-on with the engineering portion, the machining portion and all the different processes, and then to take all that kind of knowledge and bring it back to industry to make me where I am today,” he said in a prerecorded acceptance speech.  “I couldn’t do it without Penn College and the people there.”

As he was a nontraditional student, working and going to class full time, he said he got through “those tough times” with encouragement from Keith H. English and Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructors of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, and since-retired faculty members J. Thomas Livingstone and Chalmer Van Horn.

In addition to his community involvement and professional affiliations, Healy is a proud supporter of Penn College and its mission: He serves on the Automated Manufacturing and Machining Advisory Committee, supports the college’s Baja SAE team, frequently hosts plant tours for students, and has hired a number of graduates.

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