Congressman Glenn Thompson visits Penn State DuBois

Congressman Glenn Thompson is welcomed to Penn State DuBois by Chancellor Melanie Hatch.

Congressman Glenn Thompson is welcomed to Penn State DuBois by Chancellor Melanie Hatch.

Credit: Steve Harmic

Congressman Glenn Thompson (R) visited Penn State DuBois on Friday as part of his Listening and Leading Tour. The tour, making 36 stops in 16 counties over a five-day period, kicks off Thompson's campaign for re-election to Pennsylvania's 5th Congressional District, spanning North Central Pennsylvania.

At Penn State DuBois, Thompson learned about some of the educational opportunities the campus offers the region. Chancellor Melanie Hatch welcomed Thompson to campus, saying, "Congressman, you are a great supporter of Penn State and we appreciate all that you do for us. Your assistance helps us deliver an amazing educational experience to students, excel in scholarly activities and be an economic engine across the commonwealth."

Hatch highlighted ways in which that support helps campus students give back to local communities. She said, "Every year, our incoming class of students participate in Outreach Day where they volunteer their time for local organizations. Last fall, 140 students served at 18 different community groups such as the Red Cross, Special Olympics and the Free Medical Clinic. Last year, our campus clubs completed approximately 6,000 services hours for our regional community. We also raised over $19,000 for charitable organizations."

Hatch also noted that outside support enables Penn State DuBois to offer $350,000 in scholarships each year.

Thompson also heard presentations from faculty and staff at Penn State DuBois outlining the campus' educational initiatives including wildlife and environmental conservation education, career services, internships, and partnerships with community and industry, as well as cooperate training programs and educational offerings available to the general public through campus outreach. Such programs are offered in a variety of ways to fit the needs of an individual, or can be tailored to the needs of a company in educating its entire workforce.

Thompson serves on the House Agricultural Committee, including the Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee, the House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Education and Workforce Committee. "You did well on zeroing in on what my personal interests are with things like your wildlife program," Thompson said. However, looking further, Thompson applauded efforts of local educators for providing a variety of opportunities for people of all ages, educational needs and backgrounds. He said, "To me, education should be a system, across the board, that you can access at any time in your life and get what you need to get."