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Penn College PBL Members Compete at National Conference


Aaron C. McCoppinGarry L. Hurley Jr.Four members of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter and their adviser attended the 2006 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn., from June 23-28 two of them placing in the top 10 of their respective competition categories.

Garry L. Hurley Jr., of Cogan Station, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in computer information technology-internetworking application development, placed seventh nationally in Java programming, and Aaron C. McCoppin, of Wood-Ridge, N.J., who recently received an associate degree in information technology-technical support technology, placed eighth in networking concepts.

“Both are to commended for their strong placement from thousands of students from hundreds of colleges and universities all over the United States,” said Robert B. Gudgel, an associate professor of business administration/human resources management and adviser to Penn College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter.

PBL is the postsecondary division of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc., a national nonprofit educational association of students preparing for careers in business or related fields.

He also applauded the other two PBL members who competed in various other events: Jason S. Aloise, of New Hope, enrolled in the information technology-network specialist bachelor-degree major, and Matthew P. Bower, Jersey Shore, working toward a bachelor’s degree in information technology-information technology security specialist. Aloise is the incoming president of the college’s PBL chapter.

Students won the right to compete at Nashville based on their first-place finishes during April’s state competition in Lancaster.

For more information about majors in Penn College’s School of Business and Computer Technologies, call (570) 327-4517, send e-mail or visit online .

( Photos provided by Jason S. Aloise)

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