PPG Industries Inc., a generous supporter of Pennsylvania College of Technology's Collision Repair Program well before it moved into new instructional space in 2003, has renewed its decades-long commitment to students and faculty alike.
Corporate and college representatives recently signed a five-year extension of an agreement that predates the program's relocation to College Avenue Labs, for which PPG provided a paint-mixing booth and substantial equipment to ensure that students working toward an associate degree in collision repair – and those in the two-year automotive restoration technology major that has since been added – have the latest tools with which to work.
“PPG has been a longtime supporter of Penn College and an industry leader in its support of education,” said Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. “We are proud to continue the tradition.”
Highlights of the renewed agreement include providing products for instructional use, assistance with curriculum development, training of collision repair faculty and PPG Training instructor guidance based upon availability. Penn College will offer access to the paint booth and mixing room for PPG’s corporate training purposes when available.
In addition to providing equipment, supplies and hands-on expertise to Penn College for nearly 30 years, PPG has partnered with faculty and students for a study-abroad initiative in Italy.