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Penn College welding expansion sparks opportunities

Penn College’s expanded and enhanced welding lab, unveiled in dedication ceremonies on Feb. 6, is featured in a new video on the college’s YouTube channel. At 55,000-plus square feet, it is believed to be the largest such facility in higher education nationwide. Thanks, in part, to $2.5 million in corporate support, the lab includes an electron beam welder, CNC plasma cutters, laser welding, automation and robotics, and 124 individual welding booths. “It’s really important for us to take this opportunity to come alongside a school like Penn College in a way that enables the educators to do what they do best, and that’s to really teach and inspire these kids,” said Miller Electric’s Dave Lambert. “And when you feel and see that kind of commitment and dedication to the future of the industry and the future of trades, it’s easy to want to be involved.” The college enrolls about 300 welding students, and graduates of the program have nearly a 100% placement rate.

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Commemorating the Gene Haas Foundation’s $15,000 grant award to Penn College are, from left, Luke J. Davies, instructor, CNC machining/automation; John M. Good III, instructor, automation and computer integrated manufacturing; Bill Zimmerman, sales manager, Phillips Corp. (a Haas Factory Outlet); Kathy Looman, director of education, Gene Haas Foundation; Mark Schankweiler, vice president, inside service operations, Phillips Corp. (and a Penn College alumnus); Lindsay Cline, director of education and events, Phillips Commercial;  Ken Wawrzyniak, sales engineer, Phillips Commercial; Richard K. Hendricks Jr., instructor, machine tool technology/automated manufacturing; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations, Penn College; Howard W. Troup, instructor, automated manufacturing/machine tool technology; and Bradley M. Webb, dean of engineering technologies. (Photo provided)
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