PPG Industries Inc., a generous supporter of the Pennsylvania College of Technology 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 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, assisting with curriculum development, training collision repair faculty, and providing PPG Training instructor guidance based upon availability. Penn College will offer access to the paint booth and mixing room for PPG 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.
“We’re very grateful to PPG for continuing its long-standing relationship with Penn College,” said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations. “Its generosity in providing materials and expertise, along with training and travel opportunities, helps ensure that our students and faculty keep up with the newest developments in the auto-refinishing industry.”