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36 P E N N S Y L V A N I A E C O N O M I C Q U A R T E R L Y t's no secret that plastics is a big industry in the Keystone State. One of the most signifcant issues facing the plastics industry is the need for employee understanding of plastics technology. Pennsylvania has several colleges and universities that supply highly trained graduates with degrees in plastics and polymer engineering technology. Programs for specialized plastics and chemical training are ofered in Allegheny, Centre, Lehigh, Lycoming and Philadelphia. Two well-known plastics programs are the Plastics Institute at Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Plastics Training Academy, which is a part of Pennsylvania State University Erie at Behrend College. Both programs supply students with the tools they need to be innovators in the plastics industry. Plastics and Polymer Technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) is one of only fve plastics programs in the nation that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The program earned this endorsement because of the department's extensive array of industrial-size plastics processing equipment, modern laboratory facilities, highly credentialed faculty with real-world experience and a comprehensive curriculum that balances classroom with hands-on learning. The program ofers an Associate of Applied Science in Plastics and Polymer Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology. "At the Penn College of Technology, we believe in hands-on education — degrees that Higher education institutions offer top-notch plastics training to surpass industry expectations. by C RYS TA L MEDL ER I E D U C A T I O N Beyond the Fundamentals B e y o n d t h e F u n d a m e n t a l s Beyond the Fundamentals Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania College of Technology

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