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Depot leased for learning

February 03, 1998|By DON AINES

Depot leased for learning

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Building 412 at Letterkenny Army Depot will once again be filled with students after the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority Monday approved a lease for Partners for Advanced Technical Training.

"Everything that's needed for an associate degree will be offered at 412," Partners for Advanced Technical Training executive director James Piatt said Monday. Formerly a training center for depot workers, Piatt said the building has four classrooms.

Piatt said about 75 people have applied for classes that begin Monday. In partnership with Penn College of Technology on Williamsport, Pa., Partners for Advanced Technical Training will offer two-year degrees in electromechanical and industrial maintenance technology, electronic technology with an industrial process control emphasis and an electronics engineering technology emphasis.

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Partners for Advanced Technical Training was organized in August 1996 to meet the needs of industries in the region for skilled workers. State grants and matching funds from industries support the training program, Piatt said.

"This whole organization is industry-driven," Piatt said. He said requests come from businesses wanting trained people for specific needs, such as electronics or welding, and requests to upgrade skills of current employees.

In partnership with area schools and colleges, Partners for Advanced Technical Training will offer math, physics, English and other courses needed for students to earn their degrees. Piatt said they can take the courses at the depot or at a partner school.

LIDA's board of directors Monday also approved a lease for Science Applications International Corp. Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority program manager John Van Horn said the company moved into a suite of offices at the former depot headquarters in Building 500 in December.

The division of SAIC at the depot is involved in software development, according to Van Horn.

Van Horn said Building 500 already has another software development company and a truck driver training school as tenants. A clothing manufacturer is housed in another former warehouse building.

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