PPG Industries Inc., a generous supporter of Pennsylvania College of Technology's Collision Repair Program well before it moved into new instructional space in 2003, has renewed its decades-long commitment to students and faculty alike.
Corporate and college representatives recently signed a five-year extension of an agreement that predates the program's relocation to College Avenue Labs. PPG provided a paint-mixing booth and substantial equipment to ensure that students working toward an associate degree in collision repair - and those in the two-year automotive restoration technology major that has since been added - have the latest tools.
"PPG has been a longtime supporter of Penn College and an industry leader in its support of education," said Colin W. Williamson, dean of transportation and natural resources technologies. "We are proud to continue the tradition."
Colin W. Williamson, left, dean of Penn College’s School of Transportation and Natural Resources Technologies, and Todd Warren, PPG territory manager, affirm their ongoing partnership outside a College Avenue Labs paint-mixing room.
Highlights of the renewed agreement include providing products for instructional use, assistance with curriculum development, training of collision repair faculty and PPG Training instructor guidance based upon availability. Penn College will offer access to the paint booth and mixing room for PPG's corporate training purposes when available.
In addition to providing equipment, supplies and hands-on expertise to Penn College for nearly 30 years, PPG has partnered with faculty and students for a study-abroad initiative in Italy.
"We're very grateful to PPG for continuing its long-standing relationship with Penn College," said Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations. "Its generosity in providing materials and expertise, along with training and travel opportunities, helps ensure that our students and faculty keep up with the newest developments in the auto-refinishing industry."
PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world's leading coatings and specialty materials company. Founded in 1883, it has global headquarters in Pittsburgh; operates in nearly 70 countries around the world; and helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets.