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Penn College Students State-Certified as Pesticide Applicators


Fifteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students passed the Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam offered in late November.

“This certification is something that employers look for, so these students are at an advantage when it comes to finding a job,” said Carl J. Bower, a horticulture instructor in the college’s School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies. “Whether it is spraying or taking care of plants naturally, students have a much better knowledge of problem-solving pest issues once they graduate.”

Successfully completing the commercial or public applicator exam in Category 5 (forest pest control) was Noreen A. Mastascusa, a forest technology major from Lewisburg.

Passing the exam in Category 6 (ornamentals and shade trees) were Andrew M. Basile, of Pottstown; James R. Freezer, of Trout Run; Zachary M. Meling, of Hawley; Elliott C. Redding, of Aspers; Kyle M. Richardson, of Hopewell, N.J.; Seth W. Strickland, of Telford; Cody W. Wessner, of Topton; and Kenneth E. Zeager Jr., of Bainbridge. Richardson was also certified in Category 7 (lawn and turf).

Certified as private applicators (agriculture-related spraying on privately held land) were Neil L. Barner, of Mill Hall; Hannah M. Castle, of Troy; Katelyn E. Nocket, of Bellefonte; Madeline M. Perkins, of Abington; Ashton N. Rockwell, of Greencastle; and Kyle R. Surkovich, of State College.

Barner, Castle, Freezer, Nocket, Perkins and Surkovich are landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis majors; Basile, Meling, Redding, Richardson, Rockwell, Strickland, Wessner and Zeager are enrolled in the landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis major.

For more about the college’s landscape/horticulture technology and forest technology majors, visit the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies or call 570-327-4516.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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