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Ten from Penn College earn valuable pesticide credential

Ten Pennsylvania College of Technology students – including three who graduated in December – obtained state Department of Agriculture Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification after testing during the fall semester.

“This definitely will give the students an advantage over others entering the workforce, as many employers look for this type of certification,” said Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture, who traditionally incorporates the exam into his Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants class at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center each November. “Whether these students apply pesticides or not, certification is valuable for the understanding of the safety and process.”

The students and the categories in which they successfully tested:

Core exam and Category 6 (ornamentals and shade trees)
Seth J. Bradley, of Pottstown; Faith E. Mitchell, of Sunbury; and Nicholas E. Yule, of Berwick. All three are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.

Private application (agriculture-related spraying on privately held land)
Abigail C. Bartkowski, of Lock Haven; Wyatt D. Cashman, of Hughesville; Rebecca Cornish, of Lewisburg; Chelsea T. Lahr, of Herndon; Patrick D. Pratt, of Narvon; Jadyn S. Reeder, of Lock Haven; and Finley M. Wright, of Williamsport.

Bartkowski earned associate degrees in the plant production and landscape emphases of the landscape/horticulture technology major on Dec. 18; Cashman and Wright also graduated that day in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

Cornish is a business administration: management concentration student also pursuing an associate degree in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Lahr and Pratt are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; and Reeder is majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

For more about two-year degrees in landscape/plant production technology, visit Penn College’s School of Engineering Technologies or call 570-327-4520. For more information about the college’s bachelor’s degree in business administration, visit the School of Business, Arts & Sciences or call 570-327-4521.

For more about Penn College, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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