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Penn College Manufacturing Students Fill Skills Gap


Penn College’s role in preparing graduates for high-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector – hundreds of thousands of vacancies amid national unemployment – is spotlighted in the newest addition to the college’s YouTube channel. “Despite whatever you might think about the economy, our students typically had multiple offers and opportunities with major companies, all across the United States,” says Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, one of two School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies faculty members interviewed for the video. “And even during the summer, we had manufacturers coming to us asking for our students and we really couldn’t supply anyone because they were already well-placed.” Richard K. Hendricks, instructor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, is also featured in the three-minute segment, which coincides with Friday’s observance of Manufacturing Day, organized by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute to showcase the important and rewarding jobs available in such skilled fields.

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