WILLIAMSPORT -- Pennsylvania College of Technology will expand its opportunities in welding education, thanks to a donation from Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Chesapeake Energy presented Penn College with $25,000 to purchase an engine-driven Lincoln welder, as well as a pipe beveling machine and associated supplies. Chesapeake also donated a supply of pipe for use in welding education.

The new equipment and the pipe will be used for training and testing in noncredit courses Penn College offers to address the specific needs of the natural gas industry, as well as in credit courses under the college's bachelor's degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, its associate degree in welding technology and its certificate in welding technology.

Chesapeake Energy is the nation's second-largest producer of natural gas, with extensive operations in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania. The company is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Pennsylvania State University, focused on applied technology education. For information about Penn College, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free (800) 367-9222.

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