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Waste Management Adds to Financial Support of College Programs

For the fourth consecutive year, Waste Management Inc. has contributed to a pair of Pennsylvania College of Technology programs that distinctly benefit high school students.

Through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, the company contributed $8,389 to support the college’s SMART Girls and Penn College NOW initiatives.

The foundation is an approved Educational Improvement Organization under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s EITC program. SMART Girls and Penn College NOW, overseen by the college’s Outreach for K-12 Office, qualify as “innovative educational programs” under the law.

Brian M. Fuhrman, left, major account manager for Waste Management Inc., delivers a donation to Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.
Brian M. Fuhrman, left, major account manager for Waste Management Inc., delivers a donation to Robb Dietrich, executive director of the Penn College Foundation.

SMART (Science and Math Applications in Real-World Technologies) Girls addresses the academic and social trend of girls shying away from math and science as they enter high school by giving girls in grades 9 to 11 the opportunity to experience math and science as a foundation for careers in technology.

Penn College NOW enables high school students to earn college credits through dual-enrollment courses taught by approved high school teachers at the students’ home high schools or career and technology centers.

Waste Management is the largest environmental-solutions provider in North America, serving more than 20 million customers. It has the largest network of recycling facilities, transfer stations and landfills in the industry and is a renewable-energy provider.

It is also a leader in converting its collection fleet to compressed natural gas operation. The company is operating more than 3,000 CNG collection trucks in the United States and Canada, including close to 250 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

For more 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 866-GIVE-2-PC (866-448-3272).

For more about Penn College, which is celebrating its Centennial throughout 2014, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Photo by Valerie L. Fessler, annual giving specialist

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