Gary Phipps honored as Outstanding Penta Alum


Penta Career Center has selected six former students as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award, including a Swanton High School graduate. The alumni will be recognized during a special evening banquet at Penta on Nov. 12.

Each year the Penta Career Center Outstanding Alumni Award is bestowed upon individuals who have completed a career-technical training program at Penta and who are currently working in a successful career. Since the award’s inception in 1993, 131 former high school or adult education students have been honored with the award.

Gary L. Phipps of Swanton is a 1966 graduate of Swanton High School and completed his career-technical training in Penta’s Drafting program. He is the technical director for Scottdel Cushion LLC in Swanton.

Gregory Wyandt of Milan, Mich. is a 1991 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School and completed Penta’s Accounting & Computing program. He is a district supervisor/administrative manager for PSI Repair Services, Inc. in Livonia, Mich.

David Beckham of Pickerington, Ohio is a 1978 graduate of Lake High School and completed his career-technical training in Penta’s Drafting program. He is the owner of David Beckham Photography that specializes in senior and fashion photography. He has a bachelor’s degree in design from Bowling Green State University.

Jayne (Coon) Eisel of Custar, Ohio is a 1991 graduate of Bowling Green High School and completed her career-technical training in Penta’s Executive Secretary program. She is the vice president of administrative services at Zeres, Inc. in Bowling Green.

William Neiderman, III of Weston is a 2001 graduate of Lake High School and completed his career-technical training in Penta’s Welding program. He is a leading chief petty officer and welding supervisor for the United States Navy.

Sandra L. Wiechman of Bowling Green is a 1982 graduate of Elmwood High School and completed her career-technical training in Penta’s Executive Secretary program. She is the safe communities coordinator for Wood County. Wiechman is retired from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

For more information about the Penta Outstanding Alumni Award or programs offered by Penta Career Center, call 419-666-1120.