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Pair of Heavy-Equipment Majors Reaccredited by Industry Group

Two of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s heavy construction equipment technology associate-degree majors those emphasizing Caterpillar equipment and technician skills have been reaccredited for five years by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation.

“Your reaccreditation signifies to the construction equipment industry that your program has achieved a level of excellence based on rigorous equipment-specific national technical standards,” the AED Foundation said in a letter. There are only about 20 AED-certified programs in the country; Penn College is the sole Pennsylvania institution on the accredited list.

“The reaccreditation process allows us to take a critical look at our programs, assessing what we do and how we do it, in order to make positive changes that ultimately improve the quality of education for our students,” said Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management. The college’s heavy construction equipment technology majors (which also include a two-year degree with an emphasis on equipment operation) are taught at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center near Allenwood and at a training site along the Susquehanna River.

AED is an international trade association representing companies involved in distribution, rental and support of equipment in construction, mining, forestry, power generation, agriculture and industrial applications. The foundation, begun in 1991, supports its mission by developing and delivering professional education and workforce-development programs for the industry.

For more information about majors in the School of Natural Resources Management, visit online or call 570-320-8038. For general information about Penn College, visit on the Web , e-mail or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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