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Kennedy Named Penn State W-B 2005 Outstanding Adult Learner

Peter Kennedy, 2005 Recipient of the Adult Learner Award
4/13/2005 —
Peter Kennedy, Harveys Lake, has been named 2005 Outstanding Adult Learner at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Each year the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education, a consortium of the Adult/Continuing Education offices of College Misericordia, King’s College, Luzerne County Community College, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Wilkes University sponsors an awards ceremony and dinner to recognize outstanding achievement by an adult learner at each institution. This year, the Outstanding Adult Learner festivities were hosted by Luzerne County Community College.

Upon his graduation from Tunkhannock Area High School in 1978, Kennedy enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he operated the nuclear power plants onboard aircraft carriers. After 22 years in the Navy, Pete decided it was time for a career change and enrolled at Penn State Wilkes-Barre majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET). Pete has consistently earned Dean’s List status, earned the Overall Academic Excellence Award, and has been selected Outstanding Student Government Association (SGA) Member of the Year and the Outstanding SGA Club Member of the Year. He recently was awarded first prize in the Circuits and Devices Magazine contest for his essay: How my Career in Electrical Engineering will Contribute to a Better Life for my Family.

“Pete has consistently proven to be a leader on campus,” said Margie Esopi, admissions counselor. “He has been an orientation leader, student tutor, Lion Ambassador, president of the Engineering Club, and featured speaker at the scholarship dinner. He is one of our most reliable students and has never to my knowledge turned down a request for help.”

Pete will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in EET in May. He lives at Harveys Lake with his wife and two sons.
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