Eight students gain state certification in pesticide application

January 19, 2021

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Eight Pennsylvania College of Technology students have passed the state Department of Agriculture’s Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Certification exam, administered in November at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center.

“This is something that many employers look for in a hire,” said Carl J. Bower, a horticulture instructor who incorporated the test into his Insects and Diseases of Ornamental Plants class during the Fall 2020 semester. “With this certification, these students will have a definite advantage over their competition in the job market.”

The Penn College students and the categories in which they successfully tested are listed below.

Core exam and Category 6 (ornamentals and shade trees): Axel D. Cluck, of Orrtanna; Connor S. Komancheck, of Stevens; Sara L. Plankenhorn, of Williamsport; and Abby J. Ritchey, of Roaring Spring.

Plankenhorn is an applied management student also pursuing associate degrees in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis and landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis; Cluck, Komancheck and Ritchey are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis.

Private application (agriculture-related spraying on privately held land): Sammy R. Held, of Winfield; Marilyn T. Hiller, of South Williamsport; and Quinn R. Loudy and Cyra E. Sterner, both of Williamsport.

Held is an applied management major also majoring in landscape/horticulture technology: landscape emphasis; Hiller, Loudy and Sterner are enrolled in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis.

For more about the college’s landscape/plant production technology major, visit the School of Engineering Technologies at www.pct.edu/et or call 570-327-4520. For more information about the college’s bachelor’s degree in applied management, visit the School of Business, Arts & Sciences at www.pct.edu/bas or call 570-327-4521.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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Last Updated January 19, 2021