The Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) and PPG Industries have formed a partnership designed to benefit the refinish industry. Located in Williamsport PA, Penn College is a special mission affiliate to Pennsylvania State University, committed to applied technology education.
The first joint venture between PPG and Penn College involves the PennSTAR training program. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires spray paint guns, gun cleaning systems, and refinishing materials in a business to meet clean air regulations. Shops must adhere to Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing (MERR) regulations. Every MERR shop is required to provide training for all employees in proper use and handling of coatings and solvents.
Future plans include developing a curriculum using PPG training facilities and instructors that will allow students to obtain an associates degree from Penn College.