WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — An engineering manager at TE Connectivity facilitated the donation of electronic components to a number of instructional areas at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in plastics and polymer engineering technology in May 2004.
William J. “Will” Moyer II, based at the company’s Middletown location, worked with Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations, to put a variety of products into the hands of tomorrow’s industry professionals. Campus beneficiaries include students in electronics, mechatronics, electrical, aviation, automotive, diesel, manufacturing/machining, and at the Dr. Welch Workshop: a Makerspace at Penn College.
“Hands-on experience is a great way to gain familiarity with products to better understand how they are used in an industry,” Moyer said. “As students work with our products, they will see the appropriate scenarios where products from TE Connectivity can resolve their connection challenges with a high degree of reliability.”
TE Connectivity is a global technology company that designs and manufactures connectors and sensors for several industries: automotive, industrial equipment, data communication systems, aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas, appliances, and energy, among them.
“We appreciate TE Connectivity’s support of our students,” said Biddle, who holds two plastics degrees from Penn College among her academic credentials. “As a valued Corporate Tomorrow Maker, the company believes in the power of hands-on technology education.”
“When students have experience on products in the industries that TE supplies, they gain greater skills and may have a likelihood of recommending these products to their employers,” she added. “We thank TE for the recent component donation and the commitment to continue to supply products to our programs.”
Moyer returned to campus Sept. 23 to speak to instructor Joshua J. Rice’s “The Plastics Industry” class, a first-semester offering that invites speakers’ perspective on their careers, their companies and the wide-open employment potential in the field.
“It is a privilege to share with students who make up the future of the plastics industry,” he said. “I appreciated the time and wisdom imparted by professionals when I was in the class, and it is fun to now be on the side of sharing my experiences.”
His visit preceded Penn College’s Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend (Sept. 24-26), at which plastics graduates were invited to network with fellow alumni and their former faculty during a Saturday program reunion.
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