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Penn College Vital Presence at State Capitol’s Tech-Ed Celebration

Electronics Students Ben D. Wenger (right) and F. David Nevill show their automated inspection vision system.
Electronics Students Ben D. Wenger (right) and F. David Nevill show their automated inspection vision system.

Pennsylvania College of Technology was among 25 invited exhibitors at the Career and Technical Education celebration Feb. 10-11 in the East Wing Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg.

The college’s electronics and computer engineering technology and plastics and polymer technology departments were one of three key presenters during the opening ceremonies Feb. 10. The theme for this year’s Career and Technical Education Week in Pennsylvania (Feb. 8-14) is “Career and Technical Education: The Torch to Light Your Way.”

Plastics student Bradley J. Stroup (left) with Reps. Matt Baker (center) and Garth Everett.
Plastics student Bradley J. Stroup (left) with Reps. Matt Baker (center) and Garth Everett.

After the opening ceremonies and special presentations, students, teachers and the public werewelcome to visit the invited schools’ displays.

Penn College’s included a demonstration of a senior project by electronics and computer engineering technology students Ben D. Wenger and F. David Nevill, both of Lebanon. The students’ automated inspection vision system allowed visitors to gain a sense of how the manufacturing industry is handling high-volume manufacturing through high-speed inspection and remote access to data.

Penn College also shared its plastic thermoformer with visitors. In addition to making a plastic sign with the thermoformer, visitors were able to ask plastics and polymer engineering technology student Bradley J. Stroup, of Mount Pleasant Mills, questions about the major and the career opportunities inthat industry.

The college also was represented by recent graduate John T. Lipko at the Career and Technical Education Recognition Breakfast.

Penn College graduate John T. Lipko (left) and electronics instructor Randall L. Moser.
Penn College graduate John T. Lipko (left) and electronics instructor Randall L. Moser.

Lipko spoke about his participation in the 2+2+2 electronics program during high school at SUN Area Career and Technology Center through his graduation from both electronics engineering technology and technology management programs at Penn College.

The Penn College display received visits from local state legislators: Sen. Gene Yaw and Reps. Garth Everett, Matt Baker and Rick Mirabito.

Photos provided by Stacey C. Hampton, coordinator of matriculation and retention for the School of Industrial and Engineering Technologies

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