The Delaware Valley has been a manufacturing hub for more than a century.
“As innovators change the manufacturing landscape, educators are responding to the growing need for a specialized workforce,” NBC 10’s Tracy Davidson said in a recent Growing Greater Philadelphia episode. “Here in Greater Philadelphia, one community college is delivering the next generation of highly skilled employees.”
That community college is Delaware County, and it can thank nearby Sunoco Pipeline for its financial support in grooming the region’s future workforce in process control technology.
Sunoco recently donated $100,000 to Delaware County Community College to expand its scholarship offerings to students in this field.
That support has enabled the college to work with other businesses, particularly Eastern Controls, which is based in Edgmont and is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier manufacturers’ representative and distributor of control valves, process instrumentation, and more.
“What we’re able to do is take what is normally a classroom exercise, and apply that in a safe environment that is controlled,” said Cliff McLaughlin, president of Eastern Controls.
“When you can go out and see the actual equipment, and get your hands on it, those types of experiences are invaluable,” said Richard Benton, an instructor at Delaware County Community College.
Click here to watch the installment of Growing Greater Philadelphia that highlights the education in process control technology that Delaware County Community College students are receiving, due in part to Sunoco’s generous donation. The segment begins at the 16:00 mark.