Covestro donates processing equipment to Pennsylvania College of Technology
Gift is part of company’s partnership with college’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center
Covestro donated a complete advanced co-extrusion sheet processing unit to Pennsylvania College of Technology. Faculty and students will receive onsite training from Covestro experts. (Photo credit: Penn College)
Pittsburgh, March 7, 2017. As part of its corporate giving program, i3 Give, Covestro recently donated a complete advanced co-extrusion sheet processing unit to Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College). Additionally, Covestro will provide Penn College faculty and students with expert onsite training, including demonstration tooling, to initiate the project.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to help Penn College elevate its curriculum in this tangible way,” noted Mark Matsco, director of application development, Covestro LLC. “Giving students access to this equipment not only enhances their skill set but also helps us continue our mission to support improved STEM education.”
Penn College, located in Williamsport, Pa., offers a B.S. in plastics and polymer engineering technology and an A.A.S. in plastics and polymer technology. Participants from both programs are expected to benefit from hands-on experience using the co-extruder.
“Our students learn all the major plastics processes in an effort to provide them with the well-rounded educational experience employers are looking for,” said Shannon Munro, executive director, workforce development and continuing education at Penn College. “This equipment donation – the first of its kind on campus – will expand our capabilities in the plastics field and provide our students with a unique and valuable training experience that further increases their marketability for future employment.”
Covestro is a member of the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (PIRC) at Penn College, a department within the College that serves the education, training and research & development needs of plastic processors, resin suppliers, mold builders and equipment manufacturers. The PIRC offers access to extensive material testing laboratories, industrial-scale process equipment, world-class training facilities and a highly skilled training and consulting staff. Covestro has worked with the PIRC on thermoforming, blow molding and testing projects for the past several years.
“Our strong relationship with Penn College gives students the opportunity to work on practical, real-world projects with Covestro,” added Philipp Polenz, head of commercial operations for the company’s North American Polycarbonates business. “By helping to solve actual problems alongside our own people, these apprentices interested in the plastics processing industry can gain useful and practical experience that will serve them well in their careers.”