Fruitful Partnership Continues With $112,000 Caterpillar Donation

Published 10.24.2011

Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation
Diesel Truck, Heavy Equipment & Power Generation

Back row, from left%3A Brian Manuel, Caterpillar district office%3B Joe Reiter, consultant, Ransome CAT%3B Ron Moser, Ransome CAT%3B Gary Shields, Alban Tractor Co. Inc.%3B and Brett A. Reasner, assistant dean of natural resources management at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Front row, from left, Rusty Steele, Alban%3B Randy Fetterolf, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co.%3B Karl Quinn, Alban%3B college President Davie Jane Gilmour%3B Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management%3B and Ron Garber, Ransome CAT.A corporate partnership that has benefited Pennsylvania College of Technology students for 17 years will continue with the recent donation of $112,000 from the Caterpillar Foundation and a number of its regional dealerships.

"CAT continues to show a strong commitment to our students and their education," said Mary A. Sullivan, dean of natural resources management. "These are tough times for some of our students and their families, and the opportunities CAT creates through sponsorships, scholarships, internships and employment are very much appreciated."

The long-standing relationship is evident in two dealer awards presented in conjunction with that contribution: Alban Tractor Co. Inc., Baltimore, and Ransome CAT, Bensalem, were given plaques acknowledging "15 years of participation in the Caterpillar Excellence Fund grant to provide student scholarships, instructional materials, technical equipment, curriculum development and faculty development funds in support of the diesel equipment technology programs."

Alban and Ransome, along with Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc., of Baltimore, combined to donate $56,000 to help students in the diesel technology and heavy construction equipment technology majors at the college's Earth Science Center near Allenwood and on-site power generation students taught there and in the School of Construction and Design Technologies on the main campus in Williamsport.

A total of $56,000 in matching funds was provided through the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, comprising the Caterpillar Foundation, those three dealers and H.O. Penn Machinery Inc., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The checks which bring to more than $1.86 million the total received since Fall 1994 were delivered during a Heavy Construction Caterpillar Equipment Emphasis Advisory Committee meeting in the college's Thompson Professional Development Center, held again this year on the day before the dealers' participation in the fall Career Fair.

For information about the programs offered by the School of Natural Resources Management, visit online or call 570-320-8038.

For more about the college, visit on the Web , email or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7562 or through its Web portal.

Mary A. Sullivan, Penn College's dean of natural resources management, presents 15-year plaques to Caterpillar partners. From left in photo at left are Alban's Rusty Steele, Karl Quinn and Gary Shields%3B in right photo, from left, are Ransome's Joe Reiter, Ron Garber and Ron Moser.