Penn College electrical expertise available to nonprofits

Published 04.26.2021

Student News
Engineering Technologies

Area nonprofits are invited to employ the expertise of electrical construction students from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

A fourth-semester class in the college’s electrical construction associate degree major requires students to apply their hands-on skills – developed and refined in Penn College’s state-of-the-art labs – in real-world settings. Services offered range from electrical system troubleshooting to panel installation.

Previous projects undertaken by Penn College electrical construction students for area nonprofits – like the one shown here from October 2018 – include installing more than 2,000 feet of conduit as part of delivering electrical service to the Lime Bluff Recreation Area in Hughesville.“Through this class (Construction Lab IV-Practical Experience), hands-on experience meets community service,” said Stacey C. Hampton, assistant dean of industrial and computer technologies. “It’s really a win-win. Students enhance their skills while serving the community, and nonprofits receive valuable services for no cost of labor.”

Past class projects for 501(c)(3) organizations include designing a park’s electrical system, installing 120-volt outlets and replacing analog meters.

Williamsport-area nonprofits can visit the Non-Profit Electrical Work website for additional information and to request services. Students work under Penn College faculty supervision and are available for projects from January through April 2022.

“We encourage organizations to contact us several months in advance for planning purposes,” Hampton said. “The course instructor needs ample time to thoroughly examine potential projects to determine how they can meet the objectives of the class.”

For more on the college’s various electrical degrees and other majors offered by the School of Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

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