WALLENPAUPACK - A group of students from Wallenpaupack Area High School recently engaged in an informative career awareness experience at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The students were led by Career Coordinator Colleen Edwards and Transition Coordinator Melissa Regenski. Most of the students were members of the Wallenpaupack Building Construction program.
    An orientation and overview of the extensive Tobyhanna facility and grounds started the trip, where the students examined an architectural model along with a brief history of the area institution.     Despite military cutbacks and downsizing, the students learned that Tobyhanna is still one of the largest employers in North Eastern Pennsylvania. The approximate 3,500 employees are involved in many vital roles including: logistics support, surveillance and reconnaissance, computer systems, communications along with other command and control occupations.
    A guided tour was provided by Supervisory Production Management Specialist Jeff O’Neill
and Electronics Mechanics Supervisor Gary Scott. Students entered a number of buildings and watched staff weld, do machine shop operations, threat simulations, communications and language labs, avionics and radar operations.
    Following the event, the students noted that they had a better understanding of the important work that goes on at Tobyhanna and the many different career opportunities that are available for those with the proper training and background. Many of the students are looking forward to getting the skills and credentials that will allow them to compete for future positions at Tobyhanna and elsewhere.