B. Braun Medical supports upgrade to roll-fed thermoformer

Published 10.29.2021

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B. Braun Medical has awarded $5,000 in grant support to Pennsylvania College of Technology for an update to a roll-fed thermoformer used for instructional purposes in plastics education and workforce training.

The company, a Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner of Penn College, has been working with College Relations and other departments to support a variety of programs and students. B. Braun Medical and Corporate Relations are developing a work plan to engage the college in a variety of ways including: the Admissions Office co-messaging to high schools, Career Services recruiting and assisting with students’ career readiness, and faculty assisting with class presentations and developing student capstone projects.
B. Braun MedicalThe company also gave $2,500 in the spring for the Kick Start Scholarship initiative. Additionally, Josh Berger, associate engineer and a 2020 graduate of Penn College’s plastics & polymer engineering technology program, gave a presentation to third-year plastic students about his work experiences and opportunities at B. Braun Medical.

B. Braun Medical’s gift in support of the roll-fed thermoformer will be recognized with the company name displayed on a plaque – along with other supporters of the project – on the equipment in the lab.

“I cannot thank B. Braun enough for their generosity,” said Christopher J. Gagliano, project manager for the college’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center. “They have been a longtime supporter of our plastics program and employ a number of our graduates. They recognize the value in hands-on education and Penn College’s efforts to ‘mold’ future plastics engineers.”

“B. Braun Medical Inc. is proud to support Pennsylvania College of Technology’s plastics & polymer engineering technology program,” said Pat Witmer, corporate vice president, corporate affairs and communications. “Plastics are the building blocks of many life-saving medical devices and pharmaceutical products, and training the next generation of plastics engineers is a critical component in manufacturing and delivering innovative products to the U.S. health care market.”

“B. Braun Medical’s support of this necessary upgrade to the plastics & polymer engineering program’s roll-fed thermoformer will allow the college to provide the leading, advanced technology curriculum that helps set our students apart,” said Chris S. Macdonald, assistant director of corporate relations. “We are so fortunate to have them as corporate partners who share in our desire to have a positive impact on tomorrow’s workforce and those who benefit from the products they develop. We sincerely thank B. Braun Medical for this generous award.”

B. Braun Medical Inc. is a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative medical products and services for the health care industry. Its products include devices designed for infusion therapy, nutrition therapy, regional anesthesia and pain management, renal therapies, wound management, and vascular access.

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