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Penn College Earns Automotive Education Excellence Award


Pennsylvania College of Technology’s two-year automotive technology major has finished first in the state: The Industry Planning Council has presented Penn College with the Excellence in Post-Secondary Vocational Automotive Education Award.

The Industry Planning Council is comprised of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, the American Vocational Association and the American Automobile Manufacturers Association Inc., and is administered by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Inc. In determining the award, the Industry Planning Council assesses all automotive programs in the country, particularly state by state, to determine the best schools to honor with an award of excellence.

In Pennsylvania, Penn College was selected from about 12 others as the best nonaffiliated automotive training program, which means a program that is not directly sponsored or financed by a manufacturer. John K. Hammond, automotive department head and professor of automotive technology, traveled to the American Vocational Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas to accept the award on behalf of Penn College. There are currently about 70 students enrolled in the College’s automotive technology major and about 150 students in all Penn College automotive majors.

Penn College will receive another automotive honor in July by being the host site for the 25th annual conference of the North American Council of Automotive Teachers.

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