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Sheetz partners with college

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College and Sheetz Inc. have established a partnership to provide professional development opportunities for Sheetz employees.

“Juniata is very excited to partner with Sheetz, one of the more recognizable and respected businesses in our region,” James A. Troha, president of Juniata College, said in a statement.

The new program will offer Sheetz employees a 20 percent tuition discount for master’s-level coursework.

For Sheetz, this is an extension of the corporation’s commitment to continuing professional education for employees.

Graduate program offerings at Juniata include accounting, bioinformatics, business administration, data science and organizational leadership. In order to participate in the partnership program, prospective students must have a completed bachelor’s degree with a 2.75 GPA, an application for admission, two letters of recommendation, a resume and a statement of purpose.

UGI rates to remain stable

UGI Utilities Inc. Gas Division announced that its purchased gas cost rates are projected to remain stable through the remainder of 2020, with no change on June 1 and a small decrease expected on Dec. 1.

UGI will submit its Dec. 1 natural gas cost rate projection in an annual filing with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. At this time, UGI projects a decrease of 0.2 percent for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

UGI is required to file its gas cost rates annually for review with the PUC and may adjust these rates quarterly to reflect changes in wholesale natural gas prices. By law, utilities cannot earn a profit on the natural gas commodity portion of a customer’s bill. Utilities are required to pass the cost of the natural gas they purchase directly through to customers without any markup.

UGI serves parts of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties.

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