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Fayette and Allegany College of Maryland Partner for Mining Degree

5/31/2011 —

Individuals in the Somerset County area who are looking to fast-track their way to supervisory positions in the mining industry have a new opportunity to get the education they need to do just that. Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Chancellor Francis Achampong and Allegany College of Maryland President Cynthia Bambara signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize the partnership May 24 in Somerset. With the arrangement, Penn State Fayette will offer the university’s Associate Degree in Mining Technology in Somerset County and offer classes at ACM’s Somerset Campus.

The partnership evolved in response to requests from the local mining industry in Somerset County, which wanted local residents to have an opportunity to pursue the unique degree program closer to home. Classes may begin as early as June 6 if enough students are enrolled.

Penn State Fayette Chancellor Francis Achampong explains, “Meeting the educational and workforce development needs of our communities is at the core of our mission. Being able to partner with the Alleghany College of Maryland to bring our mining technology program to Somerset County demonstrates our commitment in this regard.”

Allegany College of Maryland President Cynthia Bambara adds, “We’re delighted to have a memorandum of understanding for the needed program in this area. It’s a win-win for the Somerset County campus of Allegany College of Maryland and Penn State Fayette.”

Penn State Fayette’s mining technology degree program is the only one of its kind in the state and trains students to assume a leadership role in the mining industry. Prospective students have the opportunity to choose a maintenance or production focus—or a combination. The maintenance-oriented track prepares students to become maintenance supervisors, while the production-oriented track educates students to become mine supervisors or engineering aids.

Bringing the mining technology degree program to Somerset County may be a boon to the local economy, as well as individuals— including recent high school graduates—who are looking for a good career.

Anyone interested in learning more about the mining technology degree program in Somerset should call 724-430-4130.

Francis Achampong, Cynthia Bambara, Joe Segilia, Larry Hunchuck, Hank Parke, and James Snider

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus Chancellor Francis Achampong and Allegany College of Maryland President Cynthia Bambara sign a memorandum of understanding to bring Penn State’s Associate Degree in Mining Technology to ACM’s Somerset Campus. Also attending the signing are (from left): Joe Segilia, Penn State Fayette director of Outreach and Continuing Education; Larry Hunchuck, Penn State Fayette program coordinator and instructor of mining technology; Hank Parke, director of public relations at PBS Coals, Inc; and James Snider, Allegany College of Maryland vice president of Pennsylvania campuses.

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