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Penn College offering summer manufacturing experience

High school students will have the opportunity to learn about manufacturing careers, thanks to a grant-supported initiative, at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The college will host the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program from July 19 to 23 on its main campus. The program is supported by a $2,500 grant from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs.

Students entering ninth to 12th grades are eligible for the session, featuring hands-on experience with 3D design software, mills and lathes, and welding. Participants will use their new skills to fabricate a toolbox, hammer and nail punch.

Penn College faculty will lead individual workshops, which will be complemented by tours of regional manufacturing sites.

“We are very excited to offer this new program for the benefit of high school students,” said Bradley Webb, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, who spearheaded the college’s grant application. “There are tremendous opportunities in manufacturing for fulfilling careers. We are hopeful that through this undertaking more high school students and their parents will come to appreciate the realities and benefits of a career in manufacturing.”

The cost of the Thingamajig Fabricators Pre-College Program is $325 and covers all activities, meals and on-campus housing.

Students who complete the program and eventually enroll at Penn College will be eligible to receive $1,000 off their tuition per year.

For more registration information, visit www.pct.edu/thingamajig. For more information about Penn College’s manufacturing degrees and programs offered by the School of Industrial, Computing and Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

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