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Were you there? – In the Sky (With Diamond)

Officials pose in front of the "Eager Beaver," a World War II B17 bomber acquired by Williamsport Technical Institute in 1946. Dr. George Parkes, WTI director, is fourth from the left. The nose panel was donated to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Ga., in 2000.
Officials pose in front of the “Eager Beaver,” a World War II B17 bomber acquired by Williamsport Technical Institute in 1946. Dr. George Parkes, WTI director, is fourth from the left. The nose panel was donated to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Ga., in 2000.
1968 Spotlight
1968 Spotlight
Aviation Class of 1969
Aviation Class of 1969
1967 Neil Diamond concert
1967 Neil Diamond concert
Aviation Students
Aviation Students

Hands-on learning has been an institutional hallmark throughout history – and aviation students are certainly no stranger to rolling up their sleeves and assembling a career from the pieces of their cumulative education. Like many earlier students, Richard Conni came to Williamsport Area Community College as a military veteran, ripe for more adventure. Sharing his alumni perspective, Conni recalls his time at WACC (Penn College’s immediate predecessor) as an “awesome experience and a wonderful education” that led to a career as a flight mechanic. Restoring a Piper plane to airworthiness and sitting gymside for a concert with a bargain-priced Neil Diamond are just two of the “Memories” included on the centennial website.

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