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Senator Gets Firsthand Look at Manufacturing’s Strength

President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution's past.
President Gilmour welcomes Sen. Casey to campus and remarks on the important role his father, then governor of Pennsylvania, played in the institution’s past.
Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).
Casey checks out products created in the labs, including Penn College key-ring tags, with guidance from student Wilson R. Michael (at right).
Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …
Casey extends a warm greeting to student Noah L. Martin …
… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.
… who then shows the distinguished visitor the tensile tester in the polymer lab.
Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.
Shannon M. Munro discusses industry partnerships and national plastics seminars conducted by the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center as JoAnn M. Otto, PIRC assistant, looks on.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, featured in Penn College’s award-winning “Working Class” documentary, toured the main campus plastics labs during a visit to Lycoming County on Wednesday. The Democratic senator, whose father, former Gov. Robert P. Casey, signed the legislation that created the college in 1989, got a close-up affirmation of applied technology’s pre-eminence in the 21st-century workforce. Industry-standard equipment, strong job placement and impressive starting salaries are among the program’s hallmarks, and collaborative relationships through the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center allow students to resolve real-world challenges on up-to-the-minute machinery. Taking part in the tour of the injection molding and polymer testing labs were college President Davie Jane Gilmour; Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; Shannon M. Munro, executive director of Workforce Development & Continuing Education; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Timothy E. Weston, associate professor of plastics technology; and Bradley M. Webb, assistant dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies. They were joined by plastics and polymer engineering technology students – and PIRC research assistants – Abdulaziz S. Alomani and Omar A. Aljallal, of Saudi Arabia; Noah M. Martin, of South Williamsport; Logan A. Tate, of Williamsport; and Wilson R. Michael, of Hughesville.

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