School Dean Named to National Organization’s Board of Trustees
Marc E. Bridgens recently attended his first meeting of the board of trustees of North American Technician Excellence Inc., which establishes and regularly reviews certification criteria for HVAC/R technicians. He accompanied Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction (and his immediate predecessor both as dean and as a NATE trustee).
The nonprofit group serves a similar function for the heating-ventilation-air conditioning/refrigeration workforce as the Automotive Service Excellence program does for that industry's personnel.
“We'll continue to look at the certification exams," Bridgens said of the board's ongoing commitment. "We want to make sure that quality is maintained; that, when technicians receive their certification, they're at the top of their game with what the industry should expect."
Bridgens, dean of construction and design technologies since 2009, began his Penn College career in 1990 as a faculty member in HVAC and plumbing. He served as department head from 1998-2008 and became assistant dean in 2001.
He holds a Master of Science in Education from Wilkes University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and general science from Lock Haven University.
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