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PPL Gift to Support Programs for High School Students


A $3,000 gift from PPL will help to support Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that provide innovative educational experiences to hundreds of Pennsylvania high school students.

The gift will benefit the college’s Penn College NOW dual-enrollment program and SMART Girls summer camp.

Penn College NOW enables academically qualified high school students to earn college credit through courses taught by Penn College-approved teachers at their high school or career and technology center. Forty-one such schools participate in the nationally accredited Penn College NOW.

SMART Girls welcomes girls in grades nine to 11 to the Penn College campus to experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology. “SMART” stands for Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies. During the 2016 camp, girls explored entrepreneurship, innovation and digital fabrication as they designed a business plan, a 3-D printed product and related marketing materials.

“PPL endorses opportunities for students to experience STEM programming in enjoyable learning atmospheres,” said Teri MacBride, regional affairs director for PPL Electric Utilities. “Programs like Penn College NOW and SMART Girls have seen impressive results and are thus great partners for PPL Foundation grant dollars.”

“PPL has been a longtime, generous supporter of Penn College in a variety of ways, including annual cash gifts and in-kind donations,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, Penn College’s director of corporate relations. “We are grateful to be a continued partner in PPL Foundation’s effort to support tech programming.”

Penn College NOW and SMART Girls are recognized as “innovative educational programs” under the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Earned Income Tax Credit program, through which PPL made its gift.

PPL Corp. is one of the largest investor-owned companies in the U.S. utility sector. Among PPL’s philanthropic focus areas are science, technology, engineering and math educational programs.

For information about making a gift or establishing a scholarship fund to support Penn College and its students, email or call the Institutional Advancement Office toll-free at 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

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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